The 35th graduation and commissioning programs of the Clark Theological College (CTC) was held on April 18 at the College Campus, Aolijen. The programme was held with Dr. David Baer, president of Overseas Council International as guest speaker and Banuo Z. Jamir, additional chief secretary of Nagaland as guest of honor. This year 58 students received their diploma in bachelor of divinity, three received their diploma in master of theology, and three received their diploma in Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.
Dr. David Baer, the guest speaker challenged the graduates on the need of going to their neighbors for service in terms of four imperatives or exhortations which are extremely important if they are to be useful to the people whom they serve. The four imperatives he mentioned were laughter, tears, songs, and continuous learning stating that they come as God’s gifts to them, delivered in the time and the moment when they are required. He said that the deeper truth was that God’s grace is sufficient for the tasks and the challenges before them.
Speaking on the occasion Banuo emphasized on the subject of prohibition in Nagaland. She proposed that apart from the enactment of the Prohibition Act in the state, we must use other methods of awareness building and intervention programs which will lead to positive changes in alcohol consumption in the country. She also challenged the graduates on the need to be updated on information technology so that they will be more relevant in communicating the message of the Gospel to the people.
The commissioning message was given by Dr. Ashish Chrispal, the Regional Director of OCI (Asia). The program concluded with a communion service ministered by Rev. Ponen Longchar, pastor, Mokokchung Town Baptist Church.