FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC ORIENTATION FOR KIGALI DIOCESE (2017 – 2022)
With the guidance of our Bishop the Rt. Rev. Muvunyi Louis Aimable and the contribution from different members of our Diocese, both lay members and the clergy; this five year strategic orientation has been made available. Round table discussion and training sessions are now taking place in order to equip diocesan department’s staff, archdeacons, pastors, catechists and lay leaders as the key implementers of our mission activities. Hence, the aim of this five year strategy is to help us be relevant to our fast changing context, to be more mission focused; it is our belief that this five year strategic orientation serves as a benchmark for anyone in our diocese who is preparing their respective strategic plans. It is our prayer, and desire that this unified way of working will enable us to grow as we expand God’s kingdom; we shall therefore respond to our Lord’s calling to bring many into a living relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and to make them his faithful disciples as we seek to equip everyone to be an evangelist and a disciple maker.
Key 6 pillars of our five year strategic orientation:
Five out of six pillars were adapted from the five purposes of a Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren.
- To be a church that promotes worship through singing, prayer and honoring God with her wealth.
- To be a church that evangelizes with an aim of growing members.
- To be a teaching church with an aim of having mature Christians.
- To be a church that promotes unity and solidarity among people.
- To be a church that promotes holistic development of her members and communities.
- To be a church that improves the performance and welfare of its staff.
Key strategic goals:
- Promoting quality worship and music in parishes.
- To train and form a chain of intercessors throughout the diocese.
- Teaching Christians to honor God with their possessions / wealth.
- Improving the quality and productivity of church choirs by merging those small choirs of the same congregations in order to have few good ones.
- Having good hospitality ministry and welcome teams in charge of receiving people and keeping in touch with first time church comers.
- Preaching with eagerness for the gospel to transform the lives of people.
- Evangelism in schools, army barracks, prisons and hospitals
- Striving towards qualitative and numerical increase of cell groups (House groups) and empowering their members to study the word of God and sharing about their faith.
- To identify those gifted in evangelism and to use them productively based on their location.
- To provide Bible study guides for church members to be discipled. Starting with those who already belong to key strategic groups (e.g. The Mothers’ Union groups, The Fathers’ Union groups and the Youth Union).
- To foster Christian unity and solidarity among Church members through encouraging them to belong to Christian groups, visits and activities of generosity. To promote a culture of living in peace and harmony through teaching and sports.
- Making church land and buildings productive or they will be replaced with what can be profitable to the church.
- Identifying and buying construction plots in urban places mostly where we have not yet planted churches.
- To be a church that transforms communities. Setting up savings schemes, cooperatives and teaching, and introducing better farming methods.
- Setting and enforcing clear rules and regulations governing the use of church assets and property throughout the Diocese.
- Educating pastors and all catechists to at least acquire the diploma level in theology (DTh).
- To facilitate pastors and catechists transport.
- To make regular and timely social security contributions for all pastors and catechists to have a well-defined retirement package.
- To comply with new government building standards upgrading our church buildings, pastors residences and other church buildings.
- To facilitate church planting, owning land or a building in every town and areas where people have settled.