Development of a five year strategic plan:
The PCU reached a point in its history, where in order to see the Kingdom of God advance in Uganda and beyond, a needs assessment exercise had to be carried (2010), this was then followed up by the development of a five year strategic plan to facilitate more growth and development and to give the denomination a sense of direction. This strategic plan was officially approved and adopted during the PCU/GA of the year 2012.
- Doing all things for the glory of God
- Biblical Doctrine
- Biblical Church Government
- Christ-Centered Worship
- Strategic Partnerships
- Service quality at all times
From the SWOT analysis developed during the formation of the PCU five year strategic plan, PCU is endeavoring to address the following key areas:
- Develop and strengthen the organizational structure.
- Develop policy documents to provide consistency throughout the denomination.
- Develop plans to become self sustained.
- Give direction to missionary personnel working with the PCU, both long and short-term.
- Continue strengthening and establishing Westminster Theological College and Seminary because of its unique position to provide training.
- Develop programs for economic growth and savings for PCU/GA, presbyteries, sessions and local church members.
The PCU is focusing on the following strategic initiatives for the next five years:
Gospel Evangelism and Discipleship
Before His ascension, our Lord gave the Great Commission to make disciples by going into the entire world, teaching them all He commanded them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Evangelism and discipleship cannot be separated since the Lord’s command was to make disciples, and His method was by teaching His disciples all that he commanded. We are engaging in this process through faithful gospel preaching and teaching throughout all the ministries of the church.
For effective gospel evangelism and discipleship PCU has embarked on using the following approaches:
- Open-Air Gospel Rallies
- Door-to-door, Evangelistic Bible Studies
- Discipleship through the pulpit ministry and Bible Studies, small groups, Sunday school, classes.
- Teaching, training, modeling and practicing kingdom-focused prayer in worship, Bible studies, small groups, prayer groups, conferences, seminars and meetings.
- Developing church membership training and implementing it in all churches.
- Identifying spiritual gifts of all members and deploying them in the life of the church for greater ministry involvement.
- Developing biblical curriculum for all church members – men, women, youths, and children to be used in Sunday school, Bible Studies, and small groups.
- Training teachers and leaders on how to make disciples.
- Identifying and training men for the pastoral ministry while women are trained to fulfill their God given biblical roles in the home, church and society.
- Training church officers to be effective at the local, presbytery and General Assembly levels.
- Develop officer training curriculum and implement it in all churches
The Lord has only one plan of reaching the world for His glory and making His name great and that is through His church. The goal is to strategically plant healthy PCU churches among all the tribes and in all the districts of Uganda in order to capture our nation for Christ and the gospel.
For effective church planting, PCU is being guided by the following strategies:
- Church revitalization of the struggling churches within the PCU before launching to take up new territories. Many of our present pastors/elders need to be equipped with leadership skills for effective ministry in their various areas of service.
- Help church leaders and church members develop some project management skills to enable them effectively engage in project development & improve on their economic statuses.
- Identify and train effective church planters at Westminster Theological College and Seminary.
- Identify areas for church planting where Christ has not been named before (Rom15:20).
The PCU has a long history of offering solid theological training, chiefly through Westminster Theological College which was started in 1996 and more recently, Westminster Theological Seminary, started in 2007. Additionally, there is the Mobile Training School that is training people who are not able to leave home to attend WTC.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul wrote to Timothy, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. The importance of sound doctrine is clear throughout Scripture, and that only comes through effective training.
In addition to good theological training, there is also a need at WTC for other disciplines to be taught from a biblical world and life view. Thus WTC is currently in the process of being registered by the National Council of Higher Education as Westminster Christian Institute Uganda (WCIU).
For effective theological training at WTC/SU, PCU is being guided by the following approach:
- Complete registration of the college and Seminary with the National Council of Higher Education.
- Review course content at the college.
- Increase visibility of the college through effective marketing.
- Developed a program to retain well-performing and promising students to serve as future faculty of the college and seminary.
- Encourage local churches to identify men and women for theological training.
- Develop a program to train Sunday school teacher, Bible Study leaders, etc. for the local churches.
- Empower the Mobile Training School to minister among those who cannot join full time formal training at the college.
Poverty and disease are linked problems in Uganda that are compounded by poor sanitation, unclean water, and illiteracy among the masses. Uganda suffers from a very high infection rate of (HIV) / (AIDS). Awareness of HIV/AIDS is universal at 98.8% but comprehensive knowledge remains low at 35%. Other social problems in Uganda include but are not limited to inadequate or ill equipped medical facilities, youth unemployment, gender based violence, and poor education services.
The Apostle Paul was most eager to remember the poor as described in Galatians 2:10. It was obviously a part of his ministry to the early church. The Old Testament is full of admonitions to take care of the poor.
For effective service in the area of mercy ministry the PCU is trying to adopt the following approach:
- Assess existing community development activities/projects in all presbyteries, and determine where new projects and programs will be most beneficial.
- Gather information of existing income-generating activities in the presbyteries to determine whether they can be improved or duplicated.
- Train churches on how to develop project proposals in order to secure funding from partners, and civil societies.
- Develop income generating activities.
The youths are a large portion of the national population and the PCU is no exception in this respect. For effective growth in the coming years, PCU is now endeavoring to provide meaningful biblical discipleship that will transform young people’s lives and give them hope for the future. While we recognize the Presbyterian form of government where all formal decisions for the church are made through the elders and deacons, the PCU is now including the voice of the young people in appropriate ways in decision-making, especially in areas that pertain to their lives.
I Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity,” revealing that the youth have much to give to the church as a whole. The PCU is now developing the youth as they are the future leaders of the church.
For effective youth ministry PCU is now trying to do the following:
- Develop formal leadership structures for youth at all levels in the PCU – General Assembly, Presbytery and Church levels.
- Intentionally disciple youths (boys and girls) for future leadership of the church
- Provide recreation activities.
- Organize exchange visits with other youths in the PCU and elsewhere within the broader body of Christ.
- Recommend mature youth who have a calling and passion for God to enroll for theological training.
- Develop presbytery and national youths’ training and mission conferences.
Women and Children
Women who make up a large part of the church membership too need to be recognized and consulted in appropriate ways so as to use their spiritual gifts for the health of the church. The goal is for women to become Titus 2 women who are “reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine, but teaching what is good so as to train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands….”
For effective women’s ministry the PCU is engage in doing the following:
- Develop formal leadership structures for women at all levels in the PCU – General Assembly, Presbytery and session levels.
- Teaching, encouraging, and training women at all levels of the church.
- Educating women on their roles in the church – including what ministries they can do, not just what can’t be done so that they are fully deployed in the life of the church.
- Provide marriage counseling.
- Organize exchange visits with other women in the PCU and elsewhere within the broader body of Christ.
- Encourage and train women in income-generating activities
With almost 50% of Uganda’s population being under the age of 15, effective children’s ministries are an obvious way to impact the future of the church and the nation. The PCU feels that ministry should be not only to covenant children within the church, but also to the children of our communities. “Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he grows old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
For effective children’s ministry the PCU is engaged in doing the following:
- Developing biblical, age-appropriate, and culturally relevant curriculum to be used in Sunday schools, pre-school & primary schools, and in homes of Church members.
- Provide biblical training for children education to teachers of Sunday school classes and Christian education centers.
Christian Education Development:
Education is one of the most important needs of the children of Uganda, however, most students are not taught from a biblical world and life view. The need for biblically-oriented headmasters and teachers is critical for students who want to have a Kingdom perspective on all of life.
For effective didactic service at primary and secondary school levels, the PCU is engaged:
- In recruitment of teachers, and school planters who have a biblical worldview, with quality training and character through the current WTSU Master of Arts in theological education program and the future Westminster Christian Institute Uganda, School of Education.
- In encouraging local session, and presbyteries to develop a plan for starting Christian primary and secondary schools.
PCU is endeavoring to develop some form of funding by which she can be able to do further ministry around Uganda and beyond her boarders. By engaging in schools, radio stations, clinics, and farming enterprises PCU feels that income can be generated for individual members and for the church at large.
For effective economic development the PCU is attempting to do the following:
- Instructing church members on the biblical concept of tithing and good stewardship of their resources.
- Identifying sustainable ways to meet the needs of individual church members, church pastors (ministers), individual local sessions, regional presbyteries and the General Assembly.
PCU currently suffers from inadequate skilled human resources almost at all church levels to effectively manage church projects and mobilize resources. This is coupled by its lack of a permanent central office for effective coordination work.
In trying to work towards achieving effective capacity building the PCU is focusing on the following undertakings:
- Identify and recruit or train from among the PCU members a strategic plan coordinator who would help guide the implementation process of the PCU five year strategic plan in liaison with the PCU/GA committee on administration.
- Seeking to create a permanent central office to house the Secretariat office.
- Trying to assess the existing policies and working on developing others to guide the various PCU activities in sustainable manner.
- Capacity building programs.
- Exchange visits to share experiences.
- Training and mentorship programs (some with WTC/SU or WCIU).
- Long-term post graduate training.
Christ promises to build his kingdom and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt16:18). With this great promise PCU is assured that the Church, the body and bride of Christ, will continue to grow in Uganda. The PCU desires to be a part of that work by growing vital worship, engaging in assertive evangelism, eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life for members and all Ugandans. These are tasks only the Almighty God can do, and we look to Him, our Head to lead and guide us as a body of believers to fulfill the task we believe He has called us to do.