Uganda: Developing Leaders to Strengthen the Church

The Church in Uganda and East Africa is being strengthened with the help of leadership training through BILD. Over the past three years, the program has been embraced by 181 church and ministry leaders in six East African Community Countries.

Over 50% of the engaged church leaders have written and submitted Antioch School work with 20% of those leaders demonstrating competency in their biblical understanding—preparing them to lead and train the next group of leaders.

The impact of developing these leaders through church-based leadership training has been seen at different levels of society: ministry, individual, family, community, and workplace. For example, at Ambassadors of Encouragement Ministry International Kampala, the church leaders identified young leaders within the ministry and organized them into a team called Timothy Class. The Timothy Class team was trained in the First Principles (Series 1, 2, and 3) and Leadership Series 1, (referred to as module 1) for a period of six months. At the end of the training, they were consecrated and awarded with certificates to start ministering. As a result, the training impacted individuals, ministries, families, communities and workplaces.

Ministry level training of leaders and family and community level training of the First Principles is continuing to strengthen and grow the Church throughout Uganda. BILD continues to support our partners in Uganda and the East African Community Countries to overcome their ongoing challenges.

* The church-based training model is a new idea to most of the leaders, so changing the mindset from the old to the new methods and skills is a long process.

* The BILD reading materials are in English. This limits the ability to take the training to the grassroots level where the populace use their vernacular languages.

* Financial constraints limit the access of many leaders to the Internet and consequently to the BILD Cloud.

* Unique to 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the Socratic discussions of leaders in all regions of the country, affecting the sharpening of learners.