This year marks the 11th time a Leadership Conference has been held at CABC. Knowing that we are in our 8th year as a college shows you the importance given to this conference through the years!
Leadership Conference is a week of challenging instruction from God’s Word and sweet fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. The conference is one way that Central Africa Baptist College & Seminary fulfills the commitment to Life-on-Life discipleship to the end that 2 Timothy 2:2 is fleshed out one life at a time! “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Our theme this year is “Reclaiming Authentic Christianity.” Authentic Christianity is under attack across Africa. There is a pseudo-Christianity sweeping Africa that is a cause for great concern among those who love the gospel! Churches are filled with people on Sunday. Many of those attending give mental assent to the idea that the Bible is God’s Word, that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Yet mental assent is not saving faith! This is a “Christianity” that does not stand to the test of Scripture. A “faith” that does not change our heart, reprogram our motives and revolutionize our lifestyle is not authentic! The theme of this year’s conference is a clarion call to authentic Christian faith and living.
Church Leaders Workshops
The conference is divided into three sections: Church Leaders Workshops, Pastor’s Expository Block Class and Chaplains Block Class.
In the Church Leaders Workshops where a variety of speakers handled topics that helped conference attendees lay a foundation for understanding Authentic Christianity: Justification by faith (Dr. Conrad Mbewe), Marks of Authentic Christianity (Pastor Kabwe Kabwe), Personal Holiness a result of Authentic Christianity (Dr. Sam Horn). As we have moved through the middle part of the conference speakers have dealt with ministry issues related to the theme such as: Producing Authentic Christianity in Our Youth (Pastor Chopo Mwanza), Defending Authentic Christianity from False Teachers (Pastor Saidi Chishimba), and Living as an Authentic Christian in an pretentious world (Pastor Andrew Matoke). Workshops have also dealt with personal living in relation to Authentic Christianity with subjects such as: Biblical generosity a result of Authentic Christianity (Kevin Sherman), Reclaiming Authentic Christianity in our Homes (Pastor Ken Banda) and Authentic Christianity and Suicide (Pastor Grave Singogo).
Pastor’s Expository Preaching Block Class
The Pastor’s Block Class this conference was handled by Dr. Les Ollila and Dr. Sam Horn. The sub-theme in the pastors track was “Reclaiming Authentic Ministry”. Dr Horn taught through the key issues in the Book of 1 Peter while Dr. Ollila handled issues related to developing an authentic life as a minister and a biblical philosophy of ministry. The feedback from the nearly 200 pastors attending the class has been overwhelming. A combination of personal revival and practical ministry applications. By the way, notes will be uploaded to our CABC Resources page within the next week or so for those unable to attend – so check back to download your own personal copies.
Chaplains Block Class
The third section of the conference was the Chaplains Block Class. Over 60 chaplains from the Zambia Army, Zambia Prisons and Zambia Police are in attendance. Chaplains are enrolled in our Chaplaincy Certification Program. Chaplains who successfully complete the 16 week program receive formal Chaplaincy Certification recognized by the various branches of service in Zambia. The class this week is: The History and Theology of Chaplaincy. Francis Kaunda, Director of Chaplaincy Training, is taking the chaplains back to the 1600’s and tracing the history of chaplaincy to the present history in Zambia. Pastor Saidi Chishimba is teaching a biblical theology of Chaplaincy. The Chaplains have been exposed to special workshops to several other key lecturers during the week.
General Preaching Sessions
Each day begins and ends with a general preaching session. The opening session was preached by Philip Hunt, president of Central Africa Baptist College & Seminary, on the theme of the conference. Dr. Hunt preached a bird’s eye view of 1 Peter showing the theological foundation of Authentic Christianity and the marks that should be evidenced in our life if we indeed are authentic Christians.
Tuesday night Dr. Ollila preached a message entitled “Where Is Your Confidence” from Philippians 4:13 encouraging us that we can do all things only through Christ’s strength.
On Wednesday evening Dr. Sam Horn battled a powerful rainstorm to preach a message on The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6 reminding us that our prayers ought to reflect the priorities of God, and the provisions we ask for are for the purpose of carrying out HIs priorities not our own.
On Thursday evening Conrad Mbewe preached on the subject of “Moral Transformation A Proof of Authentic Christianity” from 1 John. This was a clear and clarion call to salvation. The lost were called to believe in Jesus now! We who are “abiding in Christ” were given a clear presentation of the gospel to share with the lost around us.
Highlighting Sign Language Ministry
A couple of special events during the week that blessed our hearts. On Wednesday evening the Sign Language class presented a special number entitled “I Come Broken”. If you have never heard this rendition of Just As I Am you can listen to it here. The dramatization of the song through sign language interpretation was moving.
Highlighting the Chaplaincy Ministry at CABC
On Thursday evening the Chaplaincy Ministry was presented. Mr. John Zimba, Chaplain General for Zambia Prison Service encouraged pastors and churches to partner with the Chaplains to take the gospel into the Army, Prisons, National Service and Police. The 65 assembled chaplains all took the platform to sing. One of their numbers was the children’s song, “I’m A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord.” That song takes on added significance when those in military uniform are the ones singing it!
One final note: Each year God has enabled CABC to print hundreds of pages of notes, bind those into workbooks and place them in the hands of each conference attendee. We have also been able to give helpful book to each registered participant, and an additional commentary or ministry related resource to the pastors and chaplains. Leadership Conference this year was sponsored financially in large part by a couple who love Christ and desire for men and women to be trained for ministry across our continent. Though they desire to remain anonymous we wish to say THANK YOU!
We hope to see many of you at #LC2015 being held at the CABC campus November 30 – December 4, 2015!