Coordinator – Rev. Gabriel Benjiman
The NECD ministry is the branch of the Church concerned with the strategic use of education in pursuit of:
- Providing training for glocal – that is, integrated global and local – leadership;
- Resourcing, reviewing, restoring and resuscitating educational systems;
- Developing character the enable leading within context; and
- Clergy development.
The ministry has a vision geared towards resourcing the revitalization of students looking at answering the call, focusing on ministry that is transformational in their communities and in their context. Education in Africa requires knowledge and understanding pertaining to the context within which the message of the Gospel is imparted. NECD encourages inclusive conversation around the Word.
The NECD periodically hosts Pastors and Lay Leaders’ Conferences (PALCONs), which focus on clergy development. The most recent of these was held in October 2016 in Zambia, under the theme “Speaking to the calling” in light of the Church’s 2020 Vision.
The ministry has a vision to create District Pastors’ Forums over the next few years in order to make engagement with the local church more location-specific so that optimal effectiveness is achieved. The NECD will mainly focus on preparing for the General Assembly this year, meaning that the events calendar with will be less saturated than in an ordinary year. The General assembly takes place every four years.
The NECD ministry enjoys occupation in a diverse spectrum of spaces, but has a passion for “wearing the overalls” while enabling urban ministry. Cities are concentrated with people, which makes the urban space one where God dwells and one where His work can be performed through bodies such as the NECD. Also, the ministry aims to facilitate the development of clergy that is conversant in practical theological subjects that will be closely related to the home front.
Coordinator, Rev. Gabriel Benjiman, explains that “we cannot experience fire without light, nor can we experience light without fire, and such is the nature of the relationship between education and clergy development. The two work hand-in-hand and there cannot be one without the other”.