YOUNG ANGLICAN CRUSADERS (YAC)
BRIEF HISTORY OF YAC ON THE NIGER
The vision to form an evangelical outfit propagated to teens and youth came around 1991/1992 on a clergy man, Rev. S.C Chukwuka (now Rt. Rev. S.C Chukwuka Rtd), when he was attending meeting in England. The vision came when he saw the dying condition and trend of youth un-involvement in the worship and propagation of the gospel in the church. This condition promted thr formation of teen/youth powered evangelical group with the following aims:
1. To primarily win the youths of our generation to Christ and to raise a generation after us who knows Christ as their Lord and savior.
2. To win the young ones in the Anglican Communion to Christ and stimulate them to action as so that they may reach out to their colleagues.
3. To reach out to the young once in our secondary schools.
4. To make sure that the position of the youths in God’s divine program for the church and the nation is occupied by the youth themselves.
5. To make better provision for the church and nation of tomorrow by training up God fearing and dynamic youth leaders.
6. To advance Anglicanism by living a word based life and fight effectively the good fight of faith under the banner of Christ.
In 1993 at St. Bath’s Asata, Enugu the group took off as a wing of Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) with the name young Anglican Crusaders (YAC). Rev C.N.C Onyeledo (now Bishop C.N.C Onyeledo, house of General International Church) worked with the founder as a missionary towards actualizing the vision. Bro. Sam Chime (now Ven. Sam Chime) was the first Diocesan Traveling Secretary (DTS).
In 1995, YAC was established in Emmanuel Anglican Church, Achara Layout, Enugu. In 1996 the ministry was officially inaugurated by the Bishop of Enugu, Rt. Rev. E.O. Chukwuma as a Diocesan arm of the church with Rev. Emeka Ezeji (now Ven/ Emeka Ezeji) as the first Chaplain and Bro. Ifeanyi Agu (now Rev.Ifeanyi Agu) as the Diocesan Coordinator. The Ministry spread other Diocese especially in the Province on the Niger.
YAC on the Niger started in Oba Archdeaconry in 1996 with Rev. Prince Igwe as the pioneer Diocesan President. In 2008, Rt. Rev. Sandy Ken Okeke inaugurated YAC and it was officially recorgnized as the Diocesan arm of the church with Rev. Rev. Chinedu Nnakwue (now Canon Chinedu Nnakwue) as the Chaplain. Since then, YAC has grown tremendously. Many young people from other denominations have thus far joind the ministry because they want to be trained and nurtured for relevance. The current chaplain of YAC on the Niger is Rev. Elochukwu Ojukwu and the president is George Onyedika Nnadozie. YAC has nurtured so many great men of all class including Priests, evangelist, pastors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and many more.
QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE YAC MINISTRY
YAC is currently functioning in various Dioceses which include:
• Diocese of Enugu
• Diocese of Abakaliki
• Diocese of Nsukka
• Diocese of Nike
• Diocese on the Niger
• Diocese of Oji River
• Diocese of Ogbaru
• Diocese of Nnewi
• Diocese of Isikwu Ato
The National Body of YAC in the Anglican Communion hopes to be inaugurated soon by the Primate of all Nigeria.
Preamble: Young Anglican Crusaders is a ministry in Anglican Communion for young people where teenagers and youths are informed and empowered for excellence and influence in their locality.
Vision Statement: We are committed to raise and equip effective leaders and worshippers who would always be in charge in wisdom, knowledge and understanding any where they find themselves.
Strategies: School outreaches, Youth/Teen Conferences, Leadership and Ministers Trainings, TV/Radio Broadcasts, online outreaches, publications, street to street reach outs.
Core Values: Purpose, Vision, Service, Excellence, unity, Intimacy, Obedience, Integrity, Accountability and Discipline.
Our Commitments: Reach-out, Research and Discovery, Fellowship, Relationship, Worship, Teachings, Bible Study and Prayers.
Our Uniqueness: We are purpose: (i) Purpose divine
(ii) Vision Oreinted
We have: (i) Kingdom Mindset
(ii) Global Mentality
We rejoice over: (i) Achievements
Our Offer: Individual: Personal growth and development , Leadership (capacity) development.
Church: Talent discovery and Maximization.
Re-awakening of youths
Partnering on youth mission
Training Church youth Leaders.
Meetings: Meetings are held strategically and periodically in response to the need at hand and the programs for the year. The Diocesan President is the Chairman of the Diocesan meeting unless he delegates.
Financials: The financial secretary is the financial authority of the ministry. He/She handles every monetary issue including financial report and accounting.
Diocesan Account Number: 0058983930
Diocesan Financial Secretary: 09034578901
Location: YAC on the Niger Diocesan Office is located at the Diocesan Secretariat, All Saints Road (former Ozalla Road)
Contacts: Chaplain: 08035009351
Office Secretary: 08060838510
Programs: The Diocesan officials under the leadership of the President super-heads all the programs in the ministry at the Diocesan Level and they also supervises all the programs at the Chapter level. Programs are regulated.
Challenges: Lack of adequate finance, lack of out equipments inadequate mobility, lack of funds for TV/Radio Broadcasts and evangelism materials, lack of adequate office
Needs: Diocesan Vehicle, Diocesan Gospel Equipments, Diocesan Media Equipment, Funds for publications, website and broadcasts, a larger office.