YOUTH MINISTRIES DIVISION
National Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Youth Ministries…
The Youth Ministries Division [YMD] is a division of the Youth & Students’ Ministries Department, working with the youths in focus under the auspices of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The youth fellowship is unique in her composition. It is a fellowship of students, admission seekers, job seekers, the employed, the singles and the married. The youth ministries division is a specialized ministry that has these groups in focus; designing programmes that address the teeming needs of the members of the group.
A RESUMÉ OF THE YOUTH MINISTRIES IN NIGERIA
The Youth Ministries in Nigeria was inaugurated in Iwo, in 1973. This was the result of the efforts of some concerned persons like Rev. Emmanuel Akingbala, Dr. E.A. Dahunsi, Oba Samuel Abimbola II [Oluwo of Iwo], Bro. Noah Iyanda and Late Dr. T.A. Ayorinde, who preached at the inaugural ceremony. His message was concluded with these statements: ‘’Let us always remember that ours is not supposed to be a pressure group. Neither is the organization to become a society of those who think they know all that there is to be known. Rather, the Convention expects her youth to participate fully in a constructive way. Thus, we expect cooperation with the Convention to the best of your ability.’’ Six conferences were represented and 241 youth delegates participated at the inaugural ceremony.
The objectives at the inauguration were threefold:
- To help the Baptist youth to recognize their individual opportunities and responsibilities in the church worldwide mission
- To inspire Baptist youths to commit their lives to continuing Christian witness
- To provide opportunity for Baptist youths to know one another better and thus work co-operatively to fulfill the Great Commission.
To reach all youths for Christ, and position them for effective living and service that reflects the glory of God.
YOUTH MINISTRIES OBJECTIVES
- The constitutional objectives of the Nigerian Baptist Convention Youth Conference (NBCYC) are:
- To cooperate with the Nigerian Baptist Convention in emphasizing its declared principles among youths;
- To take the whole gospel of Jesus to all who do not know it or have not received it, wherever opportunity may be found.
- To encourage and assist in the building and maintenance of Baptist Youth Centres.
- To afford a united action concerning matters affecting the welfare of youth fellowships in the Convention and to cultivate fellowship by such other means as the conference may adopt.
- To invest in any financial undertaking that is for the propagation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- To prepare the youths as a formidable force to take over the mantle of leadership for the next generation.
YOUTH MINISTRIES’ RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH
The focus of the Youth Ministries Division’s relationship with the church is partnership for church empowerment. This is founded on the understanding of youths’ position in the church as leaders of today and tomorrow. We enable youths to discover themselves within their different settings outside the church. Through self discoveries series, leadership development, mission and evangelism, financial empowerment principles, orientations that lead to excellence in every endeavour of life and other trainings, they are positioned to serve in the different capacities they are gifted in, especially as their giftedness finds outlets in fruitful service to the glory of God. The church is conceived as a test ground for the deposits of God in the believer’s life. With the appropriate motivation, it is expected that the youths would perform.
MODE OF OPERATION
- Organizing conferences;
- Discovery and positioning of gifts for service;
- Working at the sidelines of the church to assist the church ministries with the youths;
- Organizing annual conferences for leadership development and empowerment;
- Providing motivations for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
YOUTH MINISTRIES DIVISION STAFF
The following currently serve as staff of the Youth Ministries Division:
- Rev. Jeffrey Salako – National Coordinator [09030190581, 08150819162]
- Rev. Mrs. Adenike Victor-Tade – Ministerial Officer (08069223414, 08158890594)
- Mrs. Elizabeth A. Boboye – Office Secretary (08056111801, 08159990052)
The Youth Ministries Division has three zonal staff in the three broad regions of Nigeria. They are positioned to assist the national coordinator in implementing the vision of youth ministries in their respective zones. They also strengthen the works of conference presidents within the zones. Below are their names and contact details. Please, feel free to get in touch with them for more information and help as necessary:
Rev. Amos Bamidele
Faith Baptist Church
Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Bro. John Kosikimi
First Baptist Church
Ovom, Bayelsa State.
08038760484, Email: email@example.com
Rev. Ezekiel Dampo
Discipleship Baptist Church
Kaduna, Kaduna State.
08038441945, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Annual Youth Night during the 102nd NBC Session at Owerri on Saturday 18 April, 2015. Youth Night Venue is at Baptist Model Secondary School, Obinze. Time 6 p.m. to 3:35 a.m. Theme: The Church working and praying for Peace and Progress” (Eph. 2:14). Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Nkem Osuigwe (from Port Harcourt).
- Youth Week (in all churches). Date 7-13 June, 2015. Theme “Follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
- 43rd National Youth Conference. Venue: Deeper Life Camp Ground, Akure, Ondo State. Theme: “His Presence” (Exodus 33: 14; Ps. 16:11) Date: 4-8 August, 2015. Guest Speakers: Rev. Dr. Sampson Ndoga, Dean of Student Affairs, Baptist Theological College (Southern Africa) and others. Registration: Early: N1500. Late: N1700 (from July 1). Pay to “NBC Youth Conference” account @ Zenith Bank. Acct. # 1010382083.
- National Youth Prays Program holds on Wednesday September 30, 2015 from 10 p.m. Conferences can organize this vigil to pray for Nigeria on the occasion of the nation’s Independence Day.
- Leadership Training Conference, Ajayi Dahunsi Youth Camp, Busari, Oyo State. Date: 28-31 October, 2015. Open to all youth officers in churches, associations, and conferences.
- Youth Mission Outreach in November, 2015. Date and venue are to be announced (TBA).
LITERATURE AND MATERIALS
These literatures are available for purchase:
- 2015 Celebrating Youth (annual Youth Week manual) N150
- 2014 Biblical Youth (annual national conference resource booklet) N150
- 2015 My Covenant Guide (monthly prayer guide) N100
- 2015 Youth Sword (weekly church-based programs) N300
- 2015 Tomi Leyin (annual Youth Week manual, Yoruba edition) N150
- 2015 Biyo Ni (annual Youth Week manual, Hausa edition) N150
- The Great Epoch, 2nd edition (history of the youth conference) N150
- YOUTH CONFERENCE BACKPACK N900
For your copy, please call or visit the youth office in Ibadan or inquire from the Baptist Bookstore.
NBCYC CENTRAL EXCO MEMBERS
|2.||YUNANA ESTHER||NBCYC||1ST VICE PRESIDENTemail@example.com|
|3.||AKPOBOME JEPHTHAH||NBCYC||2ND VICE PRESIDENTfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4.||OLAWEFA DISIYE||NBCYC||NAT. SECRETARYemail@example.com|
|5.||ADEGBOLA OLUSHEYI||NBCYC||REC. SECRETARYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6.||SIMEON O.BABATUNDE||NBCYC||PRAYER SECRETARY||08035283479|
|7.||DANUNG CHRISTOPHER||NBCYC||WELFARE MALE||08154713965||danungchristopher4uyahoo.com|
|8.||CHIDINMA NWANEDO||NBCYC||WELFARE FEMALE||08033434634|
|10.||TOPE LAWAL||NBCYC/LAGOS CENTRAL||FIN. SEC. PRESIDENTemail@example.com|
|13.||REV. JEFFREY SALAKO||BAPTIST. BUILDING||COORDINATORfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|14.||REV. DAMPO EZEKIEL||NORTHERN ZONE||COORDINATORemail@example.com|
|15.||REV. AMOS OLU BAMIDELE||WESTERN ZONE||COORDINATORfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|16.||JOHN KOSIKIMI||SOUTH EAST||COORDINATORemail@example.com|
|17.||SAMUEL NINGON||NORTHERN ZONE||CHAIRMAN||07068748465|
|18.||Dr. B.E. IWHIWHU||SOUTH EAST ZONE||CHAIRMANfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|19.||OLATUNBOSUN R.Z.||SOUTH WEST ZONE||CHAIRMANemail@example.com|
|20.||IGE MATTHEW||OGBOMOSHO||CHAIRMAN, PROJECT DEV.||08058893532|
|21.||DEACON AMOS STANLEY||NBCYC/AABYF||EX-OFFICIO / SEC.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
Note: They also serve as youth liaison officers at various levels.
You may contact any of them for inquiries about youth ministry.
YOUTH NIGHT 2014: The Youth Night successfully held during the 101st Annual Session of the NBC at the main convention venue. Youths from across the nation participated in the Youth Night, which featured joyful music, vibrant worship, powerful messages, seminar and variety shows. It was a unique centennial celebration done in the youth way. The meeting recorded several decisions for Christ. It was a great session in spite of the intermittent power outages. The director also presented Rev. Jeffrey Salako as the new national youth coordinator.
ANNUAL YOUTH WEEK 2014: The Youth Week held from June 1-7, 2014. The theme for the year was THE GLORY OF YOUR YOUTH (Prov. 20:29). The week was observed in many churches across the Convention family. It featured drama, Bible Study, teachings, impartation service, seminar on entrepreneurship, and weekend rallies. We encourage youth groups to remit their Youth Week offerings and submit evaluation forms included in the program booklet.
ALL AFRICA BAPTIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP MEETING: The 30th annual session of the youth arm of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-6 July 2014. NBCYC was very well represented.
42ND ANNUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE: The annual conference held 12th -16th August, 2014 at Bethany Resort, Aliade Road, Gboko, Benue State. The theme was “O Lord! Send A Revival” (Lam. 5:19-21). Rev. Dr. Dickson Madoghwe, the NBC Vice President (Ministerial) was the main speaker brought the messages, while Rev. Dogara Gwana of FBC, Makurdi led the bible study; Rev. Isaac Gbadero, from Zaria, Pastor Engr. Sunday Omale, from Kaduna and Rev. Emmanuel Arotile, from Port-Harcourt led “six hours in his presence” prayer sessions. About 6000 youths participated in the conference, while over 200 either accepted or rededicated their lives to Christ and another 135 made commitments to go to mission fields. Other features included talent show and a football competition.
19TH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE: The 2014 Youth Leadership Training Conference held at the Youth Camp, Busari Village, Oyo, Oct. 22-25, 2014; The theme was “Pruned for Greater Works (Jn. 14:12). Over 300 participants registered. Highlights included messages, teachings and workshop on leadership, and empowerment talks. Speakers were Pastor (Dr.) Segun Daodu, from Lagos, Dr. Charles Akpoki, from Ughelli, and Rev. Jubril Yahaya, from Ogbomoso.
NBC YOUTHS ON MISSION: NBC Youth Mission Outreach to llaje/Apoi Home Mission Field, Ondo State held from 24 November – 1 December, 2014.It was a towering success! Many gave their lives to Christ. See full report in the January, 2015 issue of The Nigerian Baptist.
CHALLENGES AND PRAYER POINTS FROM THE FIELD
- The newly planted church in Odu Oyinbo (terminus) needs a full-time pastor to hasten the growth of the church. It also needs a PA system and musical equipment to aid in worship and evangelism. Pray that these will be provided.
- White garment churches in Ilaje do not see other Christian groups as complementary but as competitive. Hence, some of them are hostile to the Gospel message and the ministry of mainline churches, including Baptist mission. Pray for hostility to cease and breakthrough in this area.
- Dide-Oluwa Baptist Church, Ikorigho needs help to do the flooring of the muddy Church auditorium and the rostrum; Pray for help to come.
- Many of the churches visited have no organizations such as MMU, WMU, GA, Lydia, Youths, RA, and BSF. Pray that nearby churches will be motivated to help establish these groups.
- Pray that more churches will be planted in the coastal region, where we only have seven Baptist churches in a vast area that is home to hundreds of communities inhabited by people without Christ.
YOUTH STAFF AND NATIONAL EC RETREAT/MEETING: This year’s staff retreat, and NBCYC EC retreat/meeting held successfully from 23-25 January, 2015. Venue was at WMU Camp, Badagry, Lagos.
Mission Volunteers: We need mission volunteers. Please send us your name, email and phone number. See contact information below.
Camp Project Development: Every Baptist youth should contribute a minimum of N500 to complete the National Youth Camp named Ajayi Dahunsi Memorial Youth Camp which will be used for retreats and conferences. The camp is located in Busari Village along Ogbomoso-Oyo road.
Mission Bus: The youth office needs a mission bus for more efficient ministry.
For further information about Youth Ministries programmes and activities, please contact us:
National Office: email@example.com
National President:Mobile: 08033543529. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Coordinator: Mobile: 09031733109, 08150819162. Email: email@example.com.
God bless you richly!