Re:Engage church planting conference Nairobi, Kenya October 18, 2013 by bruce zachary
I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the the intensive in Nairobi, Kenya along with our host and East Africa core leader Ed Compean pastor of CC Githurai in Nairobi, and Demitri Nkiforos pastor of CC Cape Town and core leader for South Africa.
It was exactly one year since our first conference at Twin Peaks, California [Re:Engage 2012] when CCPN was birthed in earnest. In the last year, God has generated significant interest in church planting in the CC movement in the Untied States and globally. In the last year, over 450 CC Pastors and potential planters have registered with the CCPN, and many are presently being mentored as planters, and some have already have gone out to plant.
Pastors and prospective planters gathered from various areas in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Barundi, and some nomadic Masai people. The sessions focused on: who should plant a Calvary Chapel, what Calvary is (our unique philosophy of ministry and core values), and how to: mentoring – Jesus’ method of preparing church planters.
One of the pastors in attendance was Matt Pottenger. Matt, his wife Peggy and their two young daughters, came to Kenya as missionaries more than five-years ago. They are presently supporting pastor Stephen Otieno of CC Lakeside, a church at Lake Victoria in Kenya that was planted out of CC Githurai in Nairobi. Pastor Stephen read the Calvary Church Planting Manual [CP manual] as part of his post launch preparation and caught the vision for replicating CC churches on the continent of Africa. Matt is now training a group of 10 men at CC Lakeside using the CP manual.
Dave Zavala, the pastor of CC Nairobi, the director of the CC Bible college in Nairobi, and a CCA leader in East Africa, was also in attendance at the conference. Dave shared how he caught the vision to utilize the CP manual to implement a church planting component at the Bible college.
I was so blessed to meet pastors and prospective planters at the conference. There were so many that were excited, encouraged, and empowered to reach their continent for Christ and His gospel through the expansion of healthy Calvary Chapel church plants. So many of them expressed the great need for healthy Bible teaching churches in a land where “hyper-Pentecostalism,” prosperity preaching, legalism, and the cults are so entrenched. Nevertheless, what so many men expressed to me was their great joy regarding the relational aspect of the Calvary movement.
So many of them expressed the great need for healthy Bible teaching churches in a land where “hyper-Pentecostalism,” prosperity preaching, legalism, and the cults are so entrenched.
Africans in general are far more relational than their counterparts in the west. Time is often perceived as a river that seems to flow forever – a never ceasing supply. So, time is invested into relationships more than task per se. The Calvary movement has emphasized the relational aspect of our network – it is a distinctive. The men at the conference were encouraged on so many levels, but especially by the enhanced relational nature of the mentoring process that CCPN seeks to develop during training as well as post-launch coaching.
The men at the conference were encouraged on so many levels, but especially by the enhanced relational nature of the mentoring process that CCPN seeks to develop during training as well as post-launch coaching.
So, we praise God for the work that He is doing in our movement, and through CCPN, and look forward to expanding His kingdom together.