Lux Terra Leadership Foundation

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Official name Lux Terra Leadership Foundation (see. www.ltleadership.org).
Country / Continent Nigeria / Africa
Director of the institute Rev. Fr. George Ehusani.
Legal holder of the institute The Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
Sponsor of the institute Catholic Diocese of Lokoja, Nigeria.
Year of foundation 2008
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 5 staff members, 20 Faculty members, 25 “partners” – or supporters of the Institute.
Staff members of your institute Only 1 priest (Executive Director) and 4 lay persons in the office. Of the 20 Faculty members, 1 is a Female Religious. All others are lay professionals – professors of various fields of management.
Contact No. 2, Kwame Nkrumah

Crescent

Asokoro, P.O. Box 286

Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

ehusani@yahoo.com

office@churchofassumption.org

www.ltleadership.org


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Lux Terra Leadership Foundation (see. www.ltleadership.org).

Director of the institute

Rev. Fr. George Ehusani.

Legal holder of the institute

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

Catholic Diocese of Lokoja, Nigeria.

Vision / mission statement

To transform the character and conduct of leadership in our Church and Society through on-going formation of all categories of clerical and lay leaders with short courses, workshops, seminars and other activities directed at present and future leaders.

Main areas of work

Leadership and Management training for Pastoral Agents, including Bishops, Priests, Religious, Leaders of Lay Apostolate organisations, Youth Leaders, and present and future leaders in Politics and the Economy.

Summer Youth Camping Exercises for students and other young people.

Development and promotion of new pastoral strategies and initiatives, including the optimal use of ICT in Evangelisation, Liturgy and Pastoral care.

Development and promotion of new Adult Competency Based Learning Mechanisms in Catechesis and Homiletics.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

All Pastoral Agents, Youths, and Serving as well as prospective leaders in politics and in the economy.

Year of foundation

Original Foundation 1967.

Re-foundation after Nationalization 1994.

Organisational structure of the institute

Board of Trustees, led by a Bishop as Chairman;

Executive Director – as Chief Executive Officer;

Programmes Coordinator,

Training Director,

Administrative Officer, and

Secretary.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

5 staff members, 20 Faculty members, 25 “partners” – or supporters of the Institute.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Only 1 priest (Executive Director) and 4 lay persons in the office. Of the 20 Faculty members, 1 is a Female Religious. All others are lay professionals – professors of various fields of management.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

The Executive Director has a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry Degrees; the Programmes Coordinator is a Medical Doctor with qualifications in Public Health and Leadership studies; the Director of Training is a Mechanical Engineer with many years of experiences in management; the Administrative Officer is an Administrator of many years experience, while the Secretary is a young graduate of about 7 years working experience. The majority of the Faculty members are University Professors and Administrators, as well as Management Consultants.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Training of Pastoral Agents for Effective Leadership and Management in the Church as well as in the Society.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Same as above.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Same as above.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Same as above.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Development of Curriculum for the on going formation of Diocesan Bishops and Priests; Development of Curriculum for the formation of Youth an Students; Development of Curriculum for training of pastoral agents in the effective use of modern ICT in Evangelization, Liturgy and pastoral care.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Greater efficiency and effectiveness in Catechesis, Liturgy, Church administration and Pastoral care.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God as Loving Father who orders all things according to his loving plan.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Our entire ministry work is inspired and sustained by our faith in God and commitment to the Church, and the betterment of the society around us.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

SEE – JUDGE – ACT: In pastoral work, we observe developments in the Church, we identify an area of need especially with regard to formation, then we design a training programme to meet the need. We pass the processes on using the same training programmes.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

We believe that training and mentoring Young People in the Christian leadership fundamentals of Shepherd, Steward and Servant, will make them better leaders of tomorrow.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Development and hosting of Training Courses on different areas of leadership, dissemination of Materials related to leadership, Mentoring of young people in Christian leadership, etc.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

So far 3 books have been published by the Foundation: They are related to Christian leadership and mentoring – in the Church and in the home. They include a) The Godly Life, b) Young People and the Hunger for Meaning and c) Living with Passion.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

On-going formation of pastoral agents, and training of Youth.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

So far we have recorded some modest successes …. The future promises to be even more successful. There are no Church related training Institutes with the quality and number of Faculty members that we have assembled.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

We are yet setting up physical structures and putting in place to office space for the Institute.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Funding is a problem because often our course participants form Church circles find it difficult to pay for the courses we run. This is part of the reason why we set up the group of partners to regularly support the programmes of the Institute with a monthly contribution. However this programmes is coming up only slowly …

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Funding to put up an adequate training facility for our operations …

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

That the Institute will get widely known, even beyond shores of Nigeria. We hope to be able to organise training programmes for priests, and bishops and Religious superiors in different countries within the West African sub-region. We hope to be able to do much more in the area of Youth Formation than annual Youth Camps.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

We support lay people in the Church and society through training the leaders of different lay apostolate organisations, through training Christians in senior public office, and the youth who would become the leaders tomorrow.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We send around an annual report of our training programmes to local ordinaries and religious superiors. We also send such reports to our partner agencies in Germany (missio and Misereor).

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

My diocese is the sponsor of the project, so the Bishop is in the know of everything we do. As for the Bishop’s Conference, announcements are made every year about the training programmes of the institute for bishops. Also many individual bishops have participated in our training programmes, so most of them are becoming aware of the Foundation’s activities.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Since we are only three years in existence, we have not worked on the necessary linkages yet.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We are still relatively new. We shall eventually engage in some national and international linkages.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

We are beginning to spare-head and facilitate an inter-religious dialogue forum with Muslims in Nigeria. It is a project that will bring together 10 high ranking Muslim and 10 high ranking Christian clerics. This program is to take off in the next few weeks!

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

We have non-Catholics in our Board of Trustees, and among our Faculty Team, and we are open to conducting training programmes for pastoral agents in protestant and evangelical Churches.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

The Executive Director is a member of the Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria. Eventually we shall link up with agencies like our own in a few countries.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

You can assist us through the proposed Network Pastoral of Mission in cooperation with Adveniat!




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.