ALL AFRICA BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
9 -11 FEBRUARY 2017
The annual Executive Committee Meeting of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship was convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9 -11 February 2017 at the Gudina Tumsa Training Center with the theme: “Standing Firm” (Philippians 1:27).
The meeting was presided by the President of AABF, Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi and attended by Regional Chairmen, departmental heads and other executive members. The General Secretary, Dr Duro Ayanrinola coordinated the proceedings. The meeting received the Presidential Address, General Secretary’s report, fraternal Greetings from the Ethiopian Convention, Reports from Regional Chairmen, auxiliary heads, financial report, and orientation for new members. These activities culminated in general business that threw up issues and a 13-point resolution that will reposition and drive the AABF in the next quinquennium. These resolutions are stated as follows:
1. On the development and commencement of work on the AABF headquarters and General Secretary’s residence site on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Nigeria:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that a letter be written to the BWA General Secretary, Neville Callam to request for the release of the $40,000 USD AABF kept with BWA for the commencement of work on the project. In the same light, a project implementation task force of five was set up. Members are, Dr Duro Ayanrinola, Dr Moses Adebayo and Dr Dawari George; they are to co-opt the two other members from Nigeria who should be professionals in the area of building and construction.
2. On concerns expressed following absenteeism at meetings and level of commitment by executive members at all levels:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the AABF and its auxiliaries should set as criteria; availability, education, exposure, and ability to mobilize resources as key criteria that should be considered in addition to spirituality when choosing leaders into the various organs of the AABF.
3. On concerns about the activities and current operational status of the Youth Ministry:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the President and General Secretary make conscious efforts to attend the next youth programme to enlighten them on the status and operations of the AABF, including its constraints and as well encourage them.
4. On the General Secretary’s initiative on the orientation of new executive members:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that greater collaboration and information sharing be encouraged amongst departments and officers.
This resolution will find practical demonstration in developing a reporting template for all offices that will capture all the information such a report should contain. The benefit and fall out of this will be that it will make future planning and evaluation easier.
5. On the concerns expressed about improper handing over by exiting officers:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that a proper handing over note with signatures should be transferred alongside files and other working materials used by the exiting officer.
6. On the report of the GS, detailing the partnership arrangement with TearFund and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI), which seeks to promote religious freedom:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that everything be put in place to ensure successful collaboration beginning with a meeting with Elijah Brown during the BWA meeting in March 2017.
7. On the notice of retirement of Dr Neville Callam, the General Secretary of BWA:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that a letter be written to him which will be signed by the President and General Secretary, commending him for his meritorious service to the BWA. It was further resolved that a plaque and an artwork should be presented as gifts and should accompany the letter that will be sent to him on behalf of AABF.
8. On the last AABF Congress hosted in Accra, Ghana in August 2016:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the Ghana Baptist Convention be commended for the successful hosting and the inconveniences resulting from the shift of the original date of the program. Further to that, efforts should be made to improve the various aspects of hosting and also explore the possibility of using the materials (CDs, presentation etc.) to raise funds and create awareness for AABF.
9. On the current financial status of the AABF as revealed in the presentation of the Treasurer’s and auditor’s reports:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that efforts be made to aggressively mobilize funds from the Unions/Conventions. Fundraising strategies should be deployed to raise funds including the promotion and use of personal wills, profit from investments and direct support from big churches, charity organizations etc to fund AABF.
10. On the hosting of the Executive Committee meeting by the Ethiopian Baptists:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the AABF appreciate and commend the Ethiopian Baptists for their hospitality and gifts made to all executive members during the opening session. The executive committee will continue to pray for the strengthening of Baptist work among them.
11. On the issue of same-sex marriage spreading around the world and now in Africa:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the AABF condemns same-sex marriage and encourage all its Conventions/Unions to do same as the act is against scripture and even African culture. It was further resolved that AABF and it cooperating unions and conventions should also not partner or collaborate with any individual or organization that promotes same-sex marriage.
12. On the low participation of Christians in politics across the continent:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that the AABF family and its organs should commence enlightenment efforts to encourage our Baptist men and women to consider the call to political participation to influence the marketplace for Christ. They are to use the instrumentality of government to provide enabling environment for the gospel to thrive. Further to the actualization of this objective, the church should promote a network for contact and discipleship for them to be prepared and sustained in office. All these efforts should be backed with intensified prayers for Christian political leaders.
13. On the seeming Islamization agenda blowing across Africa:
Resolution: – It was resolved and be it resolved that we create awareness amongst our own people on this apparent threat through advocacy, prayers, political activism, and education to checkmate this trend and develop an appropriate response to these threats at all levels. Further to this, we as Baptists should intensify evangelism, church planting and discipleship.
These resolutions are made and adopted here this 10th day of February 2017 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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