Teaching – Stewardship
Offer workshops on Christian stewardship to clergy and laity. The 2014 Teaching Team initiative is to help deepen an understanding of Orthodox stewardship and self sufficiency in clergy and lay people in Uganda. This Team will help guide and lead the communities forward toward self reliance with sensitivity to the economic and social challenges of Africa.
The Church in Uganda is embracing a process of self-sustainability while engaged in missions. Continue the work of the 2013 OCMC Team by offering workshops on Christian stewardship to both clergy and laity in different regions of Uganda. This Biblical stewardship program will be centered on Orthodox Christian beliefs and the calling to give of time, talent and treasure to care for others and the Church. Presentations to include an introduction to stewardship and self sufficiency and help to guide the communities forward towards self reliance.
Under the leadership of His Eminence Jonah of Kampala and all Uganda, the Church continues to mature and meet the growing needs of her people. With vision toward a fiscally healthy future, this Team is part of a long-term process that incorporates sharing biblical principles, wisdom from the Church Fathers and the vision of stewardship that our Churches in the United States have adopted.
While the economy in Uganda has improved over the last decade, many people who live in rural areas are still reliant on farming and often do not have regular work that pays a salary. Additionally, the concepts of stewardship and self reliance within the nation are often seen as incompatible with the real struggles of poverty and post civil war healing.
The concept of Harambee, which literally means “all pull together” in Swahili, has permeated East Africa as a newer version of an old tradition of community self-help. This concept ranges from well-planned to informal events that build and maintain communities. In the spirit of ‘harambee’, the 2014 Team to Uganda will be bringing a Biblical-based program that the Church of Uganda can call the faithful to “all pull together”.
Advocates of Christian stewardship are invited to teach in Uganda.
Introduce and teach Christian stewardship to the leaders of the Church in Uganda.
Dates: October 27 – November 8, 2014
Cost: $1,475 + airfare
|* Airfare not included in Team costs. Team members must travel on scheduled dates; air travel to be coordinated with OCMC; ground transportation will be provided. Team members are encouraged to raise the additional funds to cover the cost of domestic and international travel.|