During Vacation Bible School last week I got a call from a number with the country code +234. If you don’t know where that is, don’t worry, I also had to wait for the person to tell me where they were. Turns out this gentleman was in Nigeria. On our voicemail he left a simple question: Is there a United Church of Christ in Nigeria?
Well, sort of. The United Church of Christ as we know it is a 501c3 organization in the United State of America. However as part of the body of Christ we belong to larger ecumenical bodies that cover the entire planet. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has member churches in eight regions:
So, looking for Nigeria, I went to Africa and found WCC member churches based in Nigeria:
- Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
- The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide
- Methodist Church Nigeria
- Nigerian Baptist Convention
- Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
- Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria
- The African Church
Now these denominations are not technically UCC but they will feel and look and believe somewhat similar. You may expect familiar liturgical elements and beliefs. So, yes, feel free to call our church office in Rosenberg, Texas. We truly have connections all over the world. Remember that case when we retrieved school records through ecumenical partners in Germany?