Pastors need to be empowered and equipped with necessary skills to make them relevant in their daily work in today’s evolving world of challenges.
Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development Tshenolo Mabeo made this observation recently and urged pastors to undergo training. He was speaking in Gaborone at the launch of International Training Network (T-NET) last week. T-NET is an international intensive training programme for pastors around the world. It was started in 1996 in America by Bill Hull and Bob Gilliam, church consultants at Dallas Theological Seminary. According to T-NET Botswana chairman Bishop Bagwasi Bagwasi,
the purpose of the programme is to help churches to be effective in order to finish the Great Commission. He said that it is currently operating in over 50 countries around the world with thousands of pastors enrolled for training. “It entails church planting, structuring the church for effectiveness, coaching leaders as well as management courses such as human resource supervision and accountability.
“It achieves its mandate through network training systems called centres where pastors train other pastors and leaders with multiplier effect approach,” he said. Mabeo said T-NET is a commendable preposition for a knowledge-based economy as it answers the question as to what can be done for the church to have a transformational role in the country. “While academic knowledge is important, the church is highly resourced and experienced providers of services with regard to human development through spiritual and moral values which build perseverance and resilience that are necessary for discovery and innovation,” he said.
Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide
Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.
Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.
On the evening of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021) PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.