Newly appointed local church leaders from across Goroka district in Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, are ready to serve the church in 2023 after a four-day leadership training conducted from November 28 to December 1. The training was facilitated by local church pastors, ministers, district coordinators and the district director.
The theme “The Call to Spirituality and Functionality—to be Equipped for Service” was emphasised in morning and evening worship services. “It is one thing to be a spiritual leader and another thing to be a functional leader,” said the evening speaker, Pastor Simeon Waiwai. “Fully having one but lacking the other may affect one’s leadership in the church. We are called not only to spirituality but also to functionality,” he added.
The morning speaker, minister Judith Nagamisovo, also emphasised the importance of having a daily commitment with the “Master of the task” to be equipped for service. “God equips the called,” said Ms Nagamisovo. “So be earnest and do your task faithfully,” she added.
“The training did not only enhance leadership skills and knowledge about our roles and responsibilities in the church but also promoted relationship and social wellbeing for each church leader at the event,” expressed one of the leaders who attended.
The four-day training ended on a high note, with the ordination of new elders and deacons and the consecration of all church leaders for service.