ABCD CHURCH VISIONS GRADING AND CHURCH VISION MINISTRY BUILDING TRAININGS

The training began with grading of visions developed by churches as their 2018 ABCD assignment. After the grading of church visions, churches which have produced the visions will be trained in ABCD Vision Ministry Building. The five zones we started with were Kameme, Ilanga/Njelengwa, Ibanda/Namatubi, Township and Misuku Lower. The statistics for the churches were as follows:

NO

ZONE NAME

REGISTERED CHURCHES

CHURCH VISIONS GRADED

CHURCH VISION MINISTRIES DEVELOPED

1

Kameme

61

33

33

2

Ilanga/Njelengwa

64

58

58

3

Ibanda/Namatubi

33

33

33

4

Township

27

26

26

5

Misuku Lower

22

20

20


TOTAL

207

170

170

During the grading and the ministry building, it was discovered that some churches did not do a good assignment to discover their assets available with which they could develop ABCD based church ministries. Most of the church visions indicated that churches were still thinking much of depending on external help before making use of their available resources. This was detected from many churches which we know have assets which they did not reflect in their visions. All the churches that developed a vision were however trained and reminded to keep on improving their ministry visions in order to put to maximum use their available assets to address the needs of the community.

  1. ABCD CHURCH VISION MINISTRY ANALYSIS

Church vision ministries were analyzed in each zone by program managers and zone development coordinators from concerned zones. The following observations were made:

  1. There were similarities among visions from churches.
  2. Most churches have visions weighing more towards construction.
  • Churches are not completely revealing the assets they have.
  1. Some churches did not do a good job on the vision assignment due to low education levels of the leaders.
  2. Some churches wrote their visions in local language.
  3. Some church visions were incomplete

After the general analysis, 40 church visions were sampled from the five covered zones depending on the validity of the assets mentioned and also the good lay out of the ABCD model. The visions were sampled as follows:

NO

ZONE NAME

SAMPLED CHURCH VISIONS

1

Kameme

10

2

Ilanga/Njelengwa

12

3

Ibanda/Namatubi

6

4

Township

6

5

Misuku Lower

6


TOTAL

40

The sampled vision ministries from these churches indicated that churches were already engaged in these ministries with basic activities already taking place. The ministries being carried out were intending to address needs related to all program areas in TDI.

  1. RECOMMENDATIONS
  2. The approach used to grade and build ministries should continue to be used in the remaining five zones so that all the zones are at one level.
  3. Intensive mentoring should follow both the sampled churches and those whose visions were not very good so that they grow together.
  • Program managers should continue to help churches with vision ministries in order to provide proper guidance in collaboration with zone development coordinators.
  1. Churches which were trained in ABCD and are registered in the network should be assisted so that they are also able to develop visions and ministries that are ABCD based.
  2. Zone coordinators to facilitate mentoring and frequent spot checks to ensure churches are moving in the right direction of ABCD model of development.
  1. CONCLUSION

The ABCD model of development approach is a very good way of engaging individuals, churches and communities to start using available assets in addressing their needs before seeking assistance from external partners. When churches and communities begin to use assets available in society, it clearly indicates how serious they are to address a need in their society. It will help to promote ownership and sustainability in development. As a result, projects they have started will be owned by them and will avoid being frustrated by external forces.

If all churches will embrace the model, they would transform their communities in a year.