by Enos Changulo, Geoffrey Otieno and Antony Mutunga
For the last few years, TWR K has been carrying out training for pastors and Church leaders. These trainings are meant to give pastors and Church leaders a platform to learn from one another about how to cope with the different challenges they face. In 2018, TWR Kenya and Sifa FM stations held pastors training in Nairobi Kenya’s capital, Marsabit county in the North and Voi located in the Taita Taveta county which is south of Kenya.
Bishops, pastors and senior managers of Para-Church organizations who attended the pastors training in Nairobi
The Nairobi pastors training was held on 19th to 21st September 2018, Unlike the pastor trainings we have had before, this time the field was expanded to include senior members of different Para-Church organizations and the topic was financial stewardship, specifically, why don’t Christian organizations have enough finances?
The training held at Eastland hotel near Yaya Centre saw over 60 Bishops, pastors and senior managers of Para Church organizations attend. Participants were taken through issues which affect the growth of Church finances and other resources.This was done by Dr. Mawudor of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). Dr. Mawudor also gave participants insights on how to overcome such strains on resources and gave them a case study of the growth of AACC.
Dr. Mawudor of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)
Berni Dymet of ChristianityWorks, Australia walked participants through communication with donors and potential donors. His sessions on how to create a dynamic website and deliberate communication was an eye opener.
Berni Dymet of ChristianityWorks, Australia
The meeting witnessed heated sessions when participants broke into small groups for workshopping. Here, participants were encouraged to critically analyse the operations of their organizations on financial stewardship, human resource and the faith factor.
Berni also held media training for TWR Kenya and Sifa as well as other broadcasters in Nairobi. The taining was on fundraising and communication with donors.
Berni Dymet taking the TWR-Kenya Staff through a fundraising training.
Not long after the Nairobi training, TWR-K staff together with Sam Gordon were in Marsabit in the month of October to encourage a fellowship of pastors. Pastors in Marsabit face a myriad of challenges, among them a lack of Bibles for congregants, tribal animosity and clashes, harsh terrain and the nomadic lifestyle of locals. The growth of Islam is of particular concern among the pastors and Church leaders of Marsabit.
Bishops and pastors who attended the pastors training in Marsabit
Sam Gordon had a chance to encourage them from 2 Corinthians 4. He encouraged them that though they are earthen vessels, pressed on either side by different challenges, they have something within them that is of great value and that they should not lose hope. The persistent financial challenge they face was also addressed and the 70 pastors were taken through different steps to be financially (resources) secure and brotherliness.
Sam Gordon conducting the Pastors Training.
As a result, a follow-up meeting is scheduled for Marsabit in 2019 where a Christian Micro-finance institution will join us in empowering pastors and Marsabit Churches in resource building and stewardship.
In addition to the Bible exposition, Enos Changulo the head of TWR Kenya’s Resource Mobilization & Partnerships also took the pastors through a financial empowerment. This was an eye opener to most of them because Marsabit is one of the areas listed as a hardship area in Kenya.
Enos Changulo the head of TWR Kenya’s Resource Mobilization & Partnerships
At the end of the day there was a unanimous plea from the Pastors to TWR and Sifa to organize similar trainings which are of great benefit to the ministry leaders and pastors. “We need more trainings like the one we have had today, the impact you have had on us today is beyond measure. Here we are very limited in pastoral resources and trainings.” Said Pastor William Wako the chair of Marsabit Pastors Fellowship.
Pastor William and his team from the Marsabit Pastors fellowship helped mobilize over 55 Pastors who braced the morning rain and made their way to the training.
Special thanks to 101.1 SIFA FM Marsabit team led by Mike Kwoba, our facilitators Pastor Sam Gordon and Enos Changulo.
Mike Kwoba and Jane Kesho from Sifa FM Marsabit together with an attendee of the Marsabit training.
The TWR Kenya Pastors training in Voi took place in November 2018.The theme was balancing ministry and family. It was attended mostly by the Jamvi la Gumzo Pastors Fellowship. A fellowship of pastors that was birthed from a radio programme on Sifa Voi targeting the girl child. During the girl child program sponsored by TWR UK, it emerged that most of the issues affecting the girl were as a result of poor parenting and deep marital issues. It became obvious that not only the girl was in danger but the marriage institution was equally in danger.
Pastors who attended the Voi Training pose for photo.
It is out of this program that a marriage enrichment program Jamvi la Gumzo was started. Jamvi is a mat used in the coastal region where people sit on and discuss matters of importance in the family or community. Sifa Voi extended the mat pastors in the region starting with Pastor Moses Kinyenze and his wife Pastor Mary Kinyenze. It was then extended to other pastors to also share their marriage experiences on radio for the listeners to learn.
Unlike most trainings that TWR Kenya has held for pastors, this one was special as it included pastors and their spouses. Pastor Antony Mutunga was the guest speaker and he also spoke on time management, church growth and importance of vision and mission in ministry.
Pastors engaged in s discussion during the training.
“The training was key and timely”, said the Jamvi La Gumzo Chairman Rev. Praygod Mbaga. He requested TWR Kenya and Sifa to make it an annual marriage training and extended to more pastors in the area.
Just as Pastor Sam puts it “Therefore at the end of the day, when the credits roll for your ministry, let Jesus take all the credit! Be happy to remain in the shadows, and let the Lord bask in the sunlight of his glory.