Faith Healing Bible Church empowers church leaders … to grow healthier churches and ministries
Faith Healing Bible Church has concluded a five-day Gospel Ministers Church Growth and Renewal Conference held at the Church’s Conference hall at Grafton from 27th to 31st May 2013. The seventh conference was graced by over 1, 500 people, including Bishops, Evangelists, Pastors and other Church Leaders from the length and breath of Sierra Leone, as well as other countries like Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, The Gambia, Canada, Nigeria etc. (Photo: Reverend Francis Mambu, Founder and General Overseer)
Over the years, the General Overseer of Faith Healing Bible Church has been a leader of a healthy growing church that concentrate on empowering other Christians for ministry. Reverend Francis Mambu does not use lay workers as “helpers” in attaining their own goals and fulfilling their own visions. Rather, he inverts the pyramid of authority so that Church leaders assist Christians to attain the spiritual potential God has for them. He normally equips, supports, motivates, and mentors individuals, enabling them to become all that God wants them to be. This is why his Church has over the years contributed immensely towards the spiritual growth of its members.
Rev. Francis Mambu, who is the host Pastor, informed this press that the conference is all about gathering church leaders together, challenge them and empower them to go and build healthier churches. “We looked at our status as a church, re-examine our messages preached in churches, (because most messages are based on materialism) and spell out our leadership roles that will lead our congregations to life eternal,” he said. The conference looked at issues like: pulpit that makes a mighty difference, church that cannot take people to heaven, our owners of the church, building leaders that build the church, challenge of Pastoral ministry today, transparent holiness and readiness for the rapture, Christ’s mandate and mission of the church in the last days etc.
The conference provides participants with resource materials to empower them, as some Church Leaders in attendance had plans to organize mini conference for their congregations and communities.
The Man of God is very much happy to see that this year’s conference created lots of impact in the lives of people as practical things were done to spiritually energize leaders. “I am convinced that this will bring sanity into the church, it will create fear of God in the lives of people, and bring revival to the church. The end result will be righteousness will prevail in the nation,” Reverend Francis Mambu said.
He appealed to those who could not make to get themselves prepared for the eighth conference next year, because it will have greater impact and testimonies.
Pastor Emmanuel Falodun was the Guest Speaker in the conference. He informed this press that he was grateful see that the conference focuses on “empowering church leaders to grow Healthier churches and ministries”. He noted that there is a need to empower church leaders today because they are faced with so many challenges. Some of the challenges he highlighted include: lack of direction, lots of divination and distractions, lack of finance, logistics, location etc. “In spite of these challenges, the primary focus to get their attention to God,” says the Man of God.
Pastor Falodun is optimistic that hearing his message will not make his audience the same again. “I hope that they make amends and commit themselves in the work of God.”
Bishop Prince M. Fahnbulleh of the Macedonia Temple of Jesus Christ in Liberia said he attended the conference like “an old vehicle without fuel”. He noted that now that he is well filled with fuel (the word of God) in his tank, he will help his congregation to move on. “I am greatly impressed to see a single man doing a very big work for God in Sierra Leone,” he said, adding that he has learnt a lot, and as he put is “we have been refueled to carry more passengers to Christ”. Bishop Fahnbulleh hopes to recruit about one hundred Pastors and other Church Leaders to attend next year’s conference. “We have gained a message of love, peace and we will join hands together to pray for Rev. Mambu to move on with the growth of the church,” says the Bishop.
He described the conference as an eye opening for Liberia, and he is hopeful that it will effect great change in the lives of Liberians. “There is need to prepare for a marathon. We have enjoyed physically and spiritually, but my message to my follow Liberians is what can we do to keep the ministry growing,” he added, stating further that, “You cannot keep your hands like cassava leaves” (always open”. “We must come with seeds to sow in Reverend Mambu’s Garden as a form of helping the work of God move”.
Pastor Sia Elizabeth Sovula is the leader of twenty Church leaders from Conakry, Guinea. She was very much impressed to see seven of her leaders falling under the anointing as Reverend Mambu was ministering to them the Word of God. This, she said will create more impact, especially for the churches in Guinea that are faced with several challenges.
One of the strategies applied by the Woman of God is preaching the message in six languages on Thursdays and Saturdays in different markets with megaphones. They also conduct community evangelism with the youths. “We believe building people with the word,” she said, promising that she will bring more church leaders next.
By Abu Bakarr Kargbo
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