FROM: DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH, DEV. & PUBLICATIONS
TO: ALL NIFES SENIOR STAFF
SUBJECT: UPDATES ON NIFTI: EBTC / SBS 2018
DATE: 30th JANUARY 2018
Good day beloved Colleagues,I pray this mail meets you and your loved ones in good health.
We give thanks to God who has continued to strengthen our hearts and hands to do the work assigned to us in spite of the challenges faced daily. May the fruits abide.
Attention: This mail comes to draw your attention to the changes that were made on Expository Bible Training Course (EBTC) and School of Biblical Studies (SBS), all under NIFTI, following the just concluded National EXCO meeting held at Kwali from 18th – 21st January. Please kindly take note of the new date and effect similar changes in your NIFES Calendar of Events and working Itinerary.
Reason for the change: Students Leaders complained that the month of August is usually not suitable for most students across the nation to be involved in National or Zonal Programmes. This is due to the fact that most schools schedule August and part of September for final Tests and Examinations. This was responsible for some Zones not being able to mobilize students adequately or send even one participant to the EBTC held last August, 2017 and the previous ones as well, even when the students were willing and excited about attending.
New Date: Management considered their request for a change in date and following consultations at EXCO, It was agreed that EBTC should now hold as follows to encourage greater participation and attendance from all Zones:
Date: Arrival Sunday: 27th May – Sunday, 3rd June 2018 (Departure)
Venue: NIFES Conference Centre Kwali, Abuja
N20,000 for students, N25,000 for Associates
I wish to appeal to All Training Secretaries to make the announcement on EBTC (new date) during your LTPs and for All Area Directors to emphasize it during the ALTPs and through mails for those that have held their ALTP already. Mobilisation for EBTC should also form part of your discussion during your Staff meetings and Council meetings as well. Thank you very much.
Expository Bible Training Course (EBTC): The training is mandatory for all National Students officials and all Zonal Presidents, and is open to ALL STUDENTS from our groups (with special emphasis on: Zonal Officials, Sub-Zonal Officials, Group Presidents,Bible Study Secretaries, DCG Coordinators and Evangelism Secretaries). Invitations should be also extended to Youths from Churches, Pastors/Laymen/ Associates and all who want to effectively study and teach the Bible.
Target: I wish to encourage that Mobilization for EBTC should begin to gather momentum.Each Zone is expected to send a minimum of 7 students to EBTC this year. Kindly work at this. As usual, we would be sending you customised fundraising letters to aid your students in raising their registration. Thank you!
SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 2018
The School of Biblical Studies under NIFTI will hold at a minimal level this year. Only persons that came for Level 2 last contact will be invited to conclude their training. Management is working on unbundling SBS-NIFTI and making it less cumbersome in the future. A report on how NIFTI would operate will be given to staff when we conclude deliberations. Thank you.
Date for SBS: May 26th – 15th June 2018
Other details would be sent to concerned persons soon.
May the Lord grant us help and speed as we together work towards the success of NIFTI-EBTC & SBS 2018. Thank you for your co-operation always. God bless you indeed!
Grace Iyanda (Mrs)
NB: Please kindly note that all staff invited and present at the last EBTC who served as Gobbet Leaders would be needed to serve again this year. We also hope to expand the list. Please expect your letters of invitation soon. God bless.