The Theme of the 5th Nigerian Elders’ seminar was 1 Cor. 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”. The dates were April 2 to 4, 2010 inclusive.

Most of the attendees arrived at the venue of the seminar which was Ntak Obio Akpa in Akwa Ibom State, South-South, Nigeria on the eve of the opening day while the rest came on the opening day. The daily programmes were strictly executed; beginning each day at 9 a.m. with the Morning Devotion and ending at about 7 p.m. with the Songs in The Night.

Discourses were based on selected studies from the Divine Plan of the Ages (Volume One of the Studies in The Scriptures). Such discourses included study one by Bro. Godwin Edoja , study six by Bro. Monday Okoekoh, study 11 by Bro. Peter Ekeh and study 14 by Bro. Monday Ntukidem. Each of these brethren  actually condensed the studies into a 30 minute discourse followed by a 10 minute question session.

Another feature of the seminar was the condensation of studies 6 and 7 of the Volume Six (The New Creation) into a one hour study by Bro. Sunday Enang and Bro. Donatus Ariwodor respectively. Their presentations were followed by a 30 minute question session each. This particular aspect of the seminar proved to be very rewarding as the two topics – “Ordaining elders in every ecclesia” and “The law of the New Creation” gave important instructions for the Ecclesias.

The main feature of the seminar was the in-depth study of a selected topic from the Reprints each day. These were (1) “Admonitions for the Consecrated” Reprint 4008; (“Sowing and Reaping” Reprint 4028, and “Right Habits of Thought” Reprint 4026. These in-depth studies were very enlightening for the brethren.

There were testimony meetings held on day one and on day three in the evening. The seminar was a huge blessing to all attendees as shown by testimonies of the brethren.

Also held was a business meeting on day two to evaluate the seminar and provide suggestions for improvement. Plans for a future seminar were also discussed.

In all 27 brethren from12 classes attended from four states of the country.

The Seminar was very successful and rewarding. Brethren expressed their desire to have more of this type of study sessions and feast of love.  

Bro. Moses Obire.

A group photograph of the attendees at the 5th Nigerian Elders’ seminar (April 2–4, 2010)