ARUA. The Archdeacon of Arua urban archdeaconry has warned the lay church leaders against causing division, hatred, and disunity among the body of Christ.

Ven Mathias Etoma said the leaders should instead closely watch their conduct, embrace true values of teamwork and try as much to involve others in the service of God.
“I challenge you (leaders) to use your God-given gifts to transform the lives of the communities, don’t always be comfortable where you are but always strive to be more mature in faith and embrace changes been brought to transform the church”, Ven. Etoma said.

He was preaching during the commissioning service of the new leaders at the archdeaconry headquarters at Jiako church of Uganda on Sunday.

Mr Philliam Angudri will serve as the new head of laity taking over from Mr Joseph Afeti and he will be deputized by Mr William Andeoye.

Others include Ms Martha Afeti as the women leader, Mr Ronald Ayikobua as the youth leader, Rev Denis Ruhama for planning, Development and Finance and Simon Avutia as the treasurer among others.

The new leaders are expected to serve in their various positions until 2022 when the diocese will conduct general elections according to a press release by the diocesan communication department.

Church lay leaders offer an important role in coordinating the Christians with the spiritual leaders and are also pivotal in initiating developmental projects, ensuring the welfare of clergy and other church leaders at different levels.

Madi and West Nile diocese, one of the biggest in the province of the church of Uganda, is divided into twelve Archdeaconries with Logiri the new entrant as the Church expands.