DLPDI Equips 140 Children’s Ministry Workers
The Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI) launched its premiere programme designed to equip children ministry workers in the local church.
The five-day training, which attracted over 140 participants, was coordinated under the Christian Ministry Training arm of DLPDI from August 28th to September 1st , 2017. While launching the training, DLPDI Director, Prof. Abraham Waithima expressed gratitude to Epaphroditus Foundation for providing funding for the training through Daystar US. He appreciated the critical role that children’s ministry workers play in Church growth, noting that the future of the Church lies with the children’s ministry. The participants were drawn from Church and Para-Church organizations.
Broadly, the training covered such areas as: Biblical Foundations of Children’s Ministry, Child Development and Psychology, Demonstrating Love to Children, Children Counseling Skills, Child Advocacy, Children’s Ministry leadership and management.
During the graduation ceremony on September 1st, Daystar Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Prof. James Kombo congratulated the participants and commended them for their important work of reaching out to children.
In her remarks, the Programme Class President Mrs Eva Waithaka stated: “I have learnt a lot and I believe that I am equipped to light a fire in my church, neighborhood, country and abroad for the welfare of children.”
The programme attracted the high level facilitation of Zambia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Mrs. Brenda Muntemba, a passionate Christian and children’s minister. In her speech, she emphasized the fact that believers are the brand of Christ hence, “We should be clothed in his character so that people do not miss us out. In this way, we will influence the world for Christ.”
The training attracted renowned leaders in Children’s Ministry among them the Rev. J. Anabwani from CITAM Ngong, CITAM Eldoret Children’s Pastor Rev. Josephine Nguu, Rev. Beatrice Muriu of Nairobi Chapel, Ziwani Methodist Church Junior Church Coordinator Rev. Stephen Kinoti, Children’s Advocacy consultant and Director of Africa Children Nurture Pastor Mary Mumo, proprietor of Acorn Special Tutorials Mrs Eva Naputuni Nyoike, Scripture Union National Director Mrs. Nancy Kihuthia, , Scripture Union Deputy Director of Programs Daniel Karanu , and Mike Njeru from Daystar University, among others.
DLPDI continues on its grand mission of equipping individuals and organizations to operate at their full potential, staying true especially to the call to equip the body of Christ for the transformation of Church and society.
In Related DLPDI News, the Theology for Ministry Diploma programme has resumed and picks up from the Survey of Church History module. Ministry Leadership Development Program at CITAM Ngong’ will also be delving into a full-day three-part session on Christian Worldview.