A most encouraging development in recent years has been the opportunity to get Pastors and other Church leaders together for fellowship and teaching.
This started with one conference in 2003 and quickly expanded to two annually, one of which is held at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi.
The conferences, which last for 3-4 days, consist of both plenary and group sessions with participants completing a workbook on the topics studied. Food and fellowship are also key elements of each event.
Church leaders attend from many denominational groups and find much encouragement
from meeting others. This particularly applies to those serving in remote parts of the country.
At the closing ceremony each participant receives a small set of study and devotional books -
in some cases the only books they have ever owned!
Comments from participants
We hear lots of comments that no one pastors the pastors and many are struggling with great needs. These conferences are helping to fill the gap. One pastor attending this year has been in the ministry for 7 years with no training whatsoever. He was greatly excited to receive some books".
ZM's Rev Abraham Folayan, Conference Co-ordinator
“This week has been a personal blessing to me and a challenge to my ministry. It is my prayer that these conferences should continue because it is not only us who lack such opportunities for learning; there are many, many pastors who are lacking this same grace. Thank you all.”
ZM's Abraham Folayan (centre) helping to organise booksets for distribution.
"We have been greatly enriched by the sound teaching on so many topics. The generosity of our
UK friends and the gift of Christian books will not be forgotten."
CCAP Presbyterian pastor
"The conference was extremely useful and all the teaching helpful. I'’m looking
to using the books, and to putting the teaching into practice, in my ministry."
"The teaching and fellowship were a tremendous encouragement. This conference came at just the
right time to refresh and equip me for my ministry. It was a powerful and practical help for the Church
Zambesi Evangelical Church pastor
Lufani (Baptist, Alfred Banda (Salvation Army)
Makweya Chanza (Anglican) gratefully