FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC ORIENTATION FOR KIGALI DIOCESE (2017 – 2022)
The Five Year Strategic Orientation for Kigali Diocese (2017 – 2022): Which was launched in 2017 was updated with aim to be relevant to our fast changing context and 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 also our prayer, and desire that this unified way of working will enable us to grow as we expand God’s kingdom while responding to our calling to bring many into a living relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and to make them his faithful disciples.
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.
Worship: To be a church that promotes worship through singing, prayer and honoring God with her wealth.
We promote quality worship and music in our congregations, by training and forming a chain of prayer intercessors throughout the diocese. We are also blessed with generous Christians who honor God with their possessions (wealth and time) through Sunday offerings, tithes, and material things in order to support financially the growth of their Anglican church.
Evangelism: To be a church that evangelizes with an aim of increasing believers.
The diocese has continued to preach the gospel to all through it outreach ministries in schools, homes, prisons and hospitals.
We are now undertaking our urban mission approach to evangelism through ICT and social media in order for the gospel to reach those who are too busy to come to Church and providing alternative church services times. On the other hand we upgrading our church buildings to meet the government safety requirements.
We also aim at sustainable church growth by empowering our churches to have youth friendly congregations with strong ministries for Youth, Teenagers, and children. In this regard, we are enabling young evangelists both male and female with a calling into ministry to take church leadership positions.
Discipleship: To be a teaching church with an aim of having mature Christians.
Our biggest priority lies in educating all our Pastors up to a university degree level (a requirement of the Rwandan government by 2023). Therefore, we are recruiting and training new clergy who will be able to
Our other discipleship goals involve qualitative and numerical increase of cell groups (House groups) by empowering their members to study the word of God and sharing about their faith. As well as providing Bible study guides to Youth, Mothers and Father’s Union groups; as well as offering effective discipleship classes to those preparing for baptism, confirmation and marriage classes.
Fellowship: To be a church that promotes unity and solidarity among people.
Fellowship of believers is nurtured through sports and leisure activities, home visits and activities of generosity usually done in church small groups. We also aim at promoting the hospitality ministry by church leaders and Church wardens keeping in touch with both first time church comers and regular church members.
Development: To be a church that promotes holistic development of her members and communities.
Our holisitic development efforts will happen in three directions to reach a main goal of building a holistic community which is spiritually, physically and economically strong. Those three directions are as follows: (i) urban evangelism and church planting; (ii) Social Transformation and (iii) Business Investments:
Urban evangelism and church planting: Will involve identifying strategic places and subsequently planting new churches in those urban parts of our Diocese with new emerging communities, as well as in the northern part of the Diocese (the missionary archdeaconry) which was identified to be without churches.
The social transformation activities: Will be done through local congregations in order to transform communities through savings schemes, cooperatives, food security, water and hygiene. Setting up schools to combat illetracy, provision of health services, supporting feeding program, nutrition and family planning, Voluntary Testing and Counselling for HIV awareness..
Business Investments: Will aim at making church land and increase diocesan owned businesses in order for them to be financially productive. We shall invest in our guest house by uplifting its size and services standard by building new 50 rooms of a better quality. We shall also invest in estates and business house building.
To be a church that improves the performance and welfare of its staff.
This is to ensure sustainability and financial accountability:
The Diocese takes care of all its staff members by making regular and timely social security contributions for all pastors and catechists to have a well-defined retirement package and is geared towards sustainability of the church, its projects and the community.
The diocese preserves the main goal of evangelism and doing God’s great commission of preaching the good news to all; and by ensuring community involvement with high sense of stewardship and responsibility.
The Kigali diocese administrative structure is on a great standard of accountability and transparency. The diocese head office is directed by the Diocesan Bishop, and supported by the Diocesan Secretary who coordinates all staff and project managers. The financial systems are clear and transparent where the diocese has a strong accounts office and monitors and reports clearly to partners every transactions and accountabilities of incomes and expenditures of the diocese. The diocese doesn’t tolerate mismanagement of funds & proclaims high level of transparency.