The Central Malawi Conference (CMC) of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church last Saturday engaged an extra gear in evangelism by launching a five-year strategic plan, and also its website; www.cmcadventist.org.
In an interview, CMC president Pastor John Phiri said the launched strategic plan is a statement of intent by the church that it is founded on visionary leadership to provide the world with Bible-based Christian experience.
“This shows that vision is very pivotal in the success of any living organisation. Failure to plan is planning to fail and the planning for the future must be based on assessment of current situation, including achievements and shortcomings,” said Phiri.
He added that the process of formulating the Strategic Plan (2015-2020) required wide consultations with a representative sample of key stakeholders so as to come up with a plan that is relevant and responsive to the needs of the church in the Central Region of Malawi.
According to the church’s leadership, CMC is a part of the Malawi Union Conference Mission of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which in turn is a part of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, a global organisation.
So, of great significance were the events to the church’s growth and extension plans as all roads seemingly led to Civo Stadium where the church held what it calls a Big Sabbath.
President of the Malawi Union Conference Pastor Frackson Kuyama deservedly played the guest of honour at the church’s latest stride towards taking the gospel far and wide.
As was expected, music dished by various choirs and quartets dominated proceedings during the day-long ceremony. But it was the parades at various departmental levels of the church that stole the hearts of many, especially from the youth groups.
Various professions in the church—preachers, health personnel, educators, communicators, and even the women arm of the church, Dorcus women, among others—did not disappoint as they all displayed various roles the church can entrust with them in its plans to reach out to the world.
The celebrations came to their climax as time stroke 4pm as Pastor Paul Charles, head of communications for the church’s Southern Africa-Indian Division clicked on the website to officially launch it.
The visibly excited Charles told the congregations that the official Internet presence of the church for the Central Malawi Conference will help others know more about the church, its ministries, events and even personnel once they log in onto the page.
“I am glad the church is moving on with the times. We just don’t want to leave others out; hence casting our net wider. We have always argued that technology is in itself not evil but it’s how we choose to use it that can,” he said in interview after the function. n