In continuation of the 180th Annual Session, the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop of the Liberia Area of the United Methodist Church delivered his Episcopal Address on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Greenville City, Sinoe County, Liberia. In his address, Bishop Innis challenged all United Methodists in Liberia to rethink “faithfulness” as we rebuild the United Methodist Church of Liberia. Using Malachi 3:6-12, the Resident Bishop asked his conference members, “What will it take to rebuild?
The Episcopal Leader of UMC Liberia, said, faithfulness is one of the basic tools of the Christian faith that can help us rebuild our church without depending on outside resources. However, the Bishop continued, while we appreciate the gifts from our overseas partners, it is time that United Methodists in Liberia get involved in the building of their own institution. He cited the Gbarnga School of Theology (GST) and the Gbarnga Mission as the place where need to put their faith in action. “God deserves more from the entire membership of the Liberia Annual Conference” Bishop Innis emphasized.
Among many issues contained in the Episcopal Address, Bishop Innis highlighted training for the young people, Church and State relationship, and the financial crisis that the church is facing. He lamented on the slow pace at which many United Methodists have been responding to the Liberia United Methodist Empowerment Foundation (LUMEF) since it was launched in 2001. He also lamented the situation of the Radio Station which has been off the air since August 2012.
Bishop Innis named J. Rudolph Merab, Conference Lay Leader, former Presidential Candidate in the 2011 General Elections of Liberia, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, Madina Wesseh among others to serve on the now established “Task Force on Financial Independence”. “Let us remember the Committee Members in our prayers for the success of their work”, Bishop Innis concluded.
Earlier during the day, Rev. Thomas N. Wiah, Counseling Elder of the Sinoe District, called on the members of the Conference to put their God given talents and gifts to use. Serving as the Opening Speaker of the 180th Annual Session, Rev. Wiah, stressed thatour talents and gifts should not be buried but wisely used for the purpose of the Lord. Rev. Wiah, who is believed to be the oldest Elder in the Sinoe District, warned that anyone who refuses to put his/her talents to use, that talent will be taken away from the person. “God has given gifts and talents to us according to our abilities” the oldest conference participant concluded.