Theology of Work 2nd Cohort
In mid-October, 45 members of faculty and staff completed an intense five-day workshop on Theology of Work. The participants were taken through packing and unpacking of Theology of Work by Dr. Oledotun Reju, the Founder and Chief Resource Person of the Center for Transformational Leadership in Jos City, Nigeria.
Dr. Reju has been stewarding the Theology of Work Grant Program for the US-based Mustard Seed Foundation for the last five years, through which Daystar University has benefited.
The training focused on challenging the worldviews set by society and encouraging the trainees to be in the practice of understanding ‘why they do what they do?’ This, said the facilitator, should ultimately lead to walking a life that has meaning, and a life seen as salt of the earth. He challenged the participants to realign their worldviews based on the call God has made for Daystar University.
DVC Academic Affairs, Rev. Prof. James Kombo submitted that the Theology of Work training is part of the University’s strategic plan, thus everyone needs to internalize it. He anticipated that the commitment expressed through the entire week of training, would translate to the desired University output and a right work environment.
During the closing ceremony, the DVC Finance and Administration Mr. Jomo Gatundu, who was also a participant in the workshop thanked the Dr. Reju for laying out the importance of all departments and tasks, and outlining how they fit into God’s call for Daystar.
Mrs. Dorcas Mwamba, a faculty member in the School of Business and Economics admitted to have received great insights from the Theology of Work training. “My work can only be judged ‘good’ if it is an outflow of my relationship with Christ!”
“This Seminar on Theology of Work has profoundly affected my perception of work as a Christian. It is like a new revelation of God in me on another dimension; to define his place in my life through activities that I do on all levels; family, professional and societal. Work must now be considered worship to God. This is the key word that summarizes my achievements of this seminar.” Bora Uzima Innocent, a PhD Student in Communication.
The training was organized by the School of Arts and Humanities, headed by Prof. Bernard Boyo, the Dean and his team. The University plans to take all Daystar faculty and staff members through the training, in order to produce a transformed team.
Once the training is done, it is anticipated that a fresh set of faculty and staff will be produced, with renewed passion to drive the Mission and Vision of the University.
Dr. Reju has been in Pastoral and teaching vocation for the last 21 years. He is the founding Pastor of The Kingdom Citizens’ Pavilion Ministry, a multi-faceted local congregation based in Jos Nigeria. The Church community serves the city in 3 areas:
(1) Education through the Kingdom Citizens International School and Kingdom Citizens College:
(2) Social- Political and Economic Empowerment through the Patris Empowerment Initiative, a Social-Political Action group for the promotion of responsible Governance and citizenship in Nigeria.
(3) He also mentors Christian Artists by resourcing them to develop capacity to deploy the Arts for transformational purposes; the flagship of the Arts Initiative is the “Jos City Gatekeepers Band” and “M4Creation” Studios.