Falls Bethesda Temple, one of the oldest local churches of the Malawi Assemblies of God, on Sunday launched a five-year strategic plan, the church’s second blueprint since its establishment in 1953.
The new 2016–2020 Strategic Plan replaces one which was developed in 2008 and expired in 2013, according to Philip Tegha, church elder and chairperson of capacity building committee which spearheaded formulation of the plan.
Tegha described the plan as a roadmap which will guide the local church to realise its vision of being a true Pentecostal mega church in the country.
He said the plan has been streamlined into five thematic areas of church growth, including numerical, spiritual, social, financial and institutional growth.
He said it was mandatory for pastors, elders, deacons, leaders of ministries and leaders of departments to follow the plan to the letter, adding that it was also recommended for use by all members of the church.
“In order for us to achieve the strategic objectives in the plan, all ministries, departments, zones and cell groups must ensure that their programmes and plans are aligned to this document,” said Tegha.
Speaking after launching the strategic plan, Falls Bethesda Temple senior pastor Rev. Benito Chisamba said the plan was a product of a prayerful process, research and reflection on previous church trends.
Chisamba said he was thankful to God for allowing the church to complete the process of developing the plan through prayer, listening from God, consultations and patience.
He, however, warned that having the document on itself was not enough to guarantee church growth, saying it must be accompanied by intensive prayer.
Said Rev. Chisamba: “I am calling you all to prayer. This document won’t mean anything if we don’t pray. It is through intense prayer and dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God that strategies and programmes contained in this plan will be realised.”
He said the church will be reporting on the progress on the implementation of the plan annually as one way of ensuring accountability.