DLPDI: Equipping the Kenyan Church
The Christian Ministries Training (CMT) Department under the Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI) hosted over 60 church leaders for a four-day short course on Strategic Plan Formulation and Implementation from Tuesday 18th July to Friday 21st July 2017.
The course covered biblical foundations of strategic planning, corporate governance as a pillar to strategic planning, getting started, fundamental principles of strategy formulation, strategy statements, situation analysis and setting objectives, leadership and strategy communication, strategy implementation, strategy operationalization and institutionalization, managing turbulence during strategy implementation and strategy monitoring and evaluation.
The course attracted participants from over eight counties. Some of the churches represented were Christ Is The Answer Ministries (CITAM), Deliverance Church International, Redeem Christian Church of God, The Ambassadors, Anglican Church of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel, Glory Mission Fellowship, Gospel Outreach and Living Well Revival Centre.
“The program was developed to meet a need in the Kenyan church,” observed DLPDI Director Prof. Abraham Waithima, who added that the aim was to help pastor’s to visualize where the Church is going and how to get there.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Rev. Gitau Muchugia of Nairobi Chapel commended the training. “Making the decision to attend this course was my the best decision in the recent past. Now I realize we did things without planning or evaluation. This will have to change”.
The class graduated on Friday July 21, 2017, with the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Dr. Martha Kiarie, giving the closing address. Speaking on behalf of the DVC Academic Affairs Rev. Prof James Kombo, Dr. Kiarie thanked the participants for joining the course and challenged them to consider enrolling for other Daystar programmes.
Quoting Proverbs 29:18, Dr. Kiarie reminded the participants that where there is no vision the people perish, and encouraged them to seek to understand the reason they must plan, how to plan and when to plan.
In his closing remarks, the University Chaplain Rev. Steven Nduto charged the participants to “go, grow and glow.”
In the coming month DLPDI will be mounting another four-day short course for Church workers dubbed Children Ministry Workers Program from the 28th August to 1st September 2017. Look out for the posters for details.