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About us

OUR HISTORY

The Scripture Union was inaugurated in Nigeria about 1885. Groups were organized in the churches and the few schools that existed then. The first Scripture Union Committee meeting was held in Ibadan on 11th May 1957. At that time, Mr. Nigel Sylvester, now a retired International Secretary, was the Traveling Secretary for all of West Africa. In 1958, Mr. John Dean was appointed the first indigenous Traveling Secretary. He later became Regional Secretary for Africa and Malagasy and retired as International Training Consultant.

Scripture Union (Nigeria) was registered on 9th October 1967 as a voluntary non-profit making Christian Organization. A Nigerian Council was established under the constitution with full powers to run the affairs of the Union in Nigeria in 1966. This Council drew its membership from all over the Federal Republic. The first Nigerian Travelling Secretary, Mr. (now Rev. Dr,) Mike Oye was appointed in July 1966.

In 1972, the former Sub-Committees located in the various States were given greater powers and responsibilities and were constituted into State Committees of the National Council. They are presently called Area Committees.  Sub-Committees were appointed by the Area (or State) Committees to look after the work in the various areas or zones of the States.

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OUR VISION STATEMENT

“Children, Youth and Adults  nurtured to Christian maturity, following Jesus and transforming families and the nation Nigeria.”

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“To reach children, young people and families, nurturing them through Bible engagement and training to become committed Christians of influence”

OUR CORE VALUES

A value is a standard, principle, or quality that is considered worthwhile. Core organizational values describe how an organization wants to act on a day-to-day basis.

The following are the core values (together with the understanding around the values) which the Union identifies with and considers very important to the achievement of the purpose of the organization.

–  Servant Leadership: Following Jesus’ example in leadership; humility in serving others.
– Contextualization: Making every effort to communicate the gospel in ways appropriate and relevant to a given context in order to be effective and make much needed impact
– Christ-Centeredness: Our message is Christ; striving to live a life of holiness and obedience, and following His footsteps in all we do in order to raise a godly generation.
– Inter/Non-denominational-ism: The ministry is not owned by any denomination; we draw membership from and work with all denominations of the Christian faith.
– Specialization And Professionalism: Our primary target is young people; relating with them in order to disciple them to maturity in faith, and doing our best to be fully grounded and showing individual expertise in at least one area of our core ministries to the target group.
– Bible-Based: We focus on the Bible and rely on biblical principles and standards as our guide for our beliefs and practices.
– Volunteering:  Giving opportunities to people to render selfless services willingly, in order to make meaningful contributions to the development of the society through their work with the Union and its target groups.
– Genuine Conversion Experience: We value genuine repentance which manifests itself in clear departure from the old sinful way of life unto a newness of life in Christ Jesus.
– Prayer-fullness: We belief in the power and efficacy of prayers. Therefore, we remain consistent in our intercession to God, praying according to biblical standards.
– Respect For Children’s Right: We affirm the rights of children to be treated with respect and dignity.
– Being Relevant: The essence of our work should include contributing positively to the growth of the church, helping to meet societal needs and influencing the society for Christ.

OUR AIM

Working with the churches, Scripture Union aims:

  • to make God’s Good News known to children, young people and families, and

· – to encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer.

So that they may

– come to personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,

– grow in Christian maturity and

– become both committed church members and servants of a world in need.

We therefore aim to follow Biblical principles in all that we do and
to emphasize the vital importance of prayer.

Working with the churches, Scripture Union aims:

· to make God’s Good News known to children, young people and families, and

· to encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer.

So that they may

– come to personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,

– grow in Christian maturity and

– become both committed church members and servants of a world in need.

We therefore aim to follow Biblical principles in all that we do and
to emphasize the vital importance of prayer.

Scripture Union Nigeria believes and teaches orderliness and to this end recognizes the following levels of authority through which it hopes to achieve her aim:

  • National Leaders
  • Regional Leaders
  • Area Leaders
  • Zonal Leaders
  • Group Leaders and Sub zonal leaders

All these leaders are volunteers and work so hard to help accomplish the aim of Scripture Union Nigeria – that is nurturing of children, young people and the whole family to a personal relationship with through a personal devotional life.

OUR NATIONAL HEADQUARTER

The city of Ibadan, Oyo State houses the national Headquarters of the Scripture Union Nigeria.