by Ephraim Tumusiime
DOVE Uganda is trusting God for 100 new church plants by 2020. But we have been facing a major challenge; training leaders. How will these churches be led? How do we encourage and strengthen the new leaders we believe that God will raise? These questions drove us to aspire for a new approach to training leaders for the growing church.
We approached Brian Sauder about helping to provide this training. Brian accepted the call, worked hard, and combed through the curriculum for the DOVE Leadership Training school to compile a specific curriculum for DOVE Uganda. The teachings included emphasis on the DOVE values and many other key topics. Then in November 2016, Brian came to Uganda and intensively trained our national leaders for four very full days. They were equipped to take the same teachings to those who are serving under them in the regions of DOVE Uganda.
Since Brian trained us, we are no longer the same. The leaders were encouraged, challenged and given a sense of direction. In Eastern Uganda, a follow-up training for the region was held the very next month. Northern Uganda held their first regional training in January, and the West Nile region started training in February. Our January national youth conference was also a spin-off from Brian’s leadership training.
We thank God that the impact is already being felt, and this is just the beginning. The curriculum is very well suited for our needs and we see the Kingdom advancing.