In the spirit of repositioning and aggressive evangelism drive for membership increase and consequent upon the promulgation of the New Constitution of Methodist Church Nigeria, the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, JP officially established the Directorate of Research, Documentation & Services in January, 2021 and appointed Very Rev. Godwin C. Onovo, Ph.D. as the Pioneer Director.
Prior to his appointment, Very Rev. Dr. Godwin C. Onovo has been working in the Headquarters of the Church as the Conference Research & Services Desk /Strategic Planning Officer for five years.
As the strategic engine room, Research is an important tool required to drive innovation, Church growth, development and expansion goals.
The Director of Research, Documentation and Services is responsible for information gathering and statistics for the purpose of assisting overall Church development and planning. He also manages the Archives of the Church and provides historical research as well as performs other duties that may be assigned to him by the Prelate as contained in the Church’s Book of Resolutions from time to time.
The Directorate’s Office since its
establishment has been furnishing the Church leadership at its various
meetings with reports and updates on Surveys conducted, general statistics of
the Church, nationwide membership headcount carried out between 2017 and 2019, current state of the Church, human resources capability, capacity and competences as well as roadmaps
for further actions.
The Director of DRDS, Very Rev. Dr. Godwin Onovo speaking to the Directorate's report at the 38th Council of Bishops in Calabar in May, 2021
We have been engaging Church stakeholders at various levels on ensuring sustainable transformative and supportive leadership in the entire Conference Area of the Church as a strategic action for achieving the corporate goals of the Church in good time.
The present administration under the leadership of His Eminence, Dr. Samuel C. K Uche has done creditably well in taking the Church a step further in the area of spiritual transformation, membership growth, infrastructure development and empowerment of members to be economically comfortable through the initiative of Skills and Entrepreneurship Scheme.
The Church is working assiduously to take full advantage of the digital option to enhance overall productivity and performance outcome especially in the area of evangelism, soul winning, management operations and online presence of the Church.
The Directorate of Research, Documentation and Services has become a powerful resource centre for people in the academia, especially undergraduate and postgraduate students in our Theological institutions on the history, heritage, general statistics of the Church and other relevant information about Methodist Church Nigeria for academic and other research purposes.
Work is currently ongoing to achieve full digitization of Methodist Church Nigeria Archives so that both members of the Church and general public can access information from the Church Archives anywhere in the world with internet connection.
We are committed to supporting the Church leadership in reengineering the entire Church workforce including members, paid-employees and volunteer-workers by creating a sense of measure, accountability and transparency for capacity and performance enhancement through informed research engagements in pursuance of the corporate Vision and Mission of the Church.
Research and Documentation in any functioning and dynamic organisation is capital intensive. Therefore, in order to continue to deliver value to the corporate life, existence and ministry of the Church to fulfil her Mission to the world in excellence, we need your generous support and encouragement
Very Rev. Godwin C. Onovo, Ph.D. – Pioneer Director
Mr. Michael Chidiebere – Secretary
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Very Rev. Godwin C. Onovo, Ph.D