Pastor Emmanuel F. Bimba, overseer of the Abide in the Vine Disciples Church International, told 15 new leaders of the New Life Christian Fellowship International yesterday to guide the flock and not to scatter them.
They included former sports writer, Sargbe E. Byrd, who is also chairman of his Thinker Village Community. With smiles on their faces, the 15, including 9 women, told the congregation at the church’s edifice in Thinkers Village to perform their duties with the Holy Spirit as their guide.
To a question as to whether they were compelled to accept the position, each of the fifteen answered, “I was not forced,” and indicated that they are willing to work for the church.
Pastor Bimba, quoting part of Nehemiah 2: 15-20, told the congregation that selflessness and consultation with were part of what could make their leadership grow the church.
“You must remember that you have two responsibilities,” Pastor Bimba told them, “one is your service to the Lord and the second is your role as a Sheppard of the congregation.” He urged them to avoid backbiting and be aware that whatever issue that would come up should be handled collectively.
He told the new leaders to let the word of God shine in their lives, particularly as they deal with each other both at the church at outside the church.
He also urged the church’s pastor, Prince Williams to always remember to work with his congregation, knowing that the work is for the Lord.
The new officers are Tee Aloysius Kou, Sagbe E. Byrd, Daniel O. Daris, Ma Ruth, Forkpa T. Wonlyou, Frederick S. C. Nyemah and Lovetee N. Kai.
The rest are Adolphus K. Vakor, Victoria M. Poweh, Mama David, James T. Kolubah Jr., Esther M. T. Tarr, Alpha J. Young, Daris Myers and Bro. Mark.
Sagbe E. Byrd formerly worked for Sports Life newspaper, and traveled to several African countries. He was also a founding member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL.