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The Church Should Practise What It Preaches – Nico Halle 

By Joe Dinga Pefok

The National President of the Christian Men Fellowship, CMF, of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, Barrister Nico Halle, has called on the church to practice what it preaches.
Halle put forward this assertion on September 19, 2010, while making his commitment statement as the new National President of CMF, at the commissioning and outreach of the new National Executive Committee, NEC, of the movement. The ceremony took place at Presbyterian Church Bonaberi- Douala, with the PCC Moderator, Rt. Rev Dr Festus Asana, as presiding officer. 

Vices In The Church

Addressing hundreds of guests and members of the congregation, the CMF President decried the several ills plaguing the nation like corruption, embezzlement, human rights abuse and moral decadence. Nico Halle went on to state that the Church, which is supposed to lead in the struggle to moralise the society is itself not spared of the society’s ills. Halle’s criticism about the lapses of the church was not limited to the PCC.

The CMF leader insisted that for the Church to have the moral authority to preach to the secular world, it must start by cleansing itself of ills also found in the Church like embezzlement. He said Christians must strive to live an exemplary life. "There is no point preaching sermons, and telling people to do what you in reality do not do. This is the sermon of do what I say and not what I do. A person who preaches such a sermon is a hypocrite. He is living in falsehood," Nico Halle said. 

The National President said they were aware that the challenges at the helm of the CMF are many.  "The efforts that CMF will be making to transform society will certainly meet with many obstacles on the way. All we are asking is for God Almighty to stand by us. It is indisputable that we can not succeed without Him. So, we are praying that the Holy Spirit should lead us in this mission".

Be Fishers Of Men

In a sermon at the ceremony, The PCC Moderator outlined qualities which the CMF Exco as well PCC Christians of the PCC must possess. "These principles include courage, perseverance and self-effacing attitude so that Jesus Christ can be seen clearly. All those qualities are considered the fruits of the Spirit of God". He called on the members of the CMF Exco to be veritable fishers of men for the movement and its mission.

Other speakers at the installation ceremony included the Congregational Chairperson of PC Bonaberi, Justice Mrs. Helen Fon Achu, the CMF President of PC Bonaberi Congregation, Elder George Nji and the Secretary Committee of the Ministry, Rev Prof Emmanuel Anyambod.
The Moderator told reporters after the ceremony that he expects the members to live an exemplary life. "When you lead people in the Church, it should be seen in your lifestyle, in your character".

A Successful Occasion

Observers were all unanimous that the occasion was a great success. The Post learnt that the success was the fruit of team work and commitment. The Parish and Associate Pastors of the PC Bonaberi, Rev Gala Otto Neba and Rev Mrs Elizabeth Ekane respectively, the new national Exco members of the CMF as well as the PC Bonaberi Congregational Chairperson, Elder Mrs Helen Fon-Achu, and the Congregational Secretary, Elder Eric Che Suh, among others, reportedly put hands worked with the Organising Committee headed by Elder Andrew Ngoumbah, to prepare for the occasion.

New Exco

Members of the new National Executive Committee of the CMF who were installed are: National President-Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle. 1st National Vice President-Emmanuel Njie, 2nd National Vice President- William Mbenkum, Financial Secretary / Treasurer- Andrew Ngoumbah, and Social/Publicity Secretary- Stanley  Fuh. The Executive was elected on August 29, 2009, during an ordinary elective meeting of the movement which held in Kumba. The mandate is five years, renewable once. 

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