The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) recently held a Consultation in Johannesburg aimed at repositioning and reimagining the ministry and mission of the church in a post-modern context. The conference was intended to deepen the UCCSA’s missional ethos, align its ministry and equip church leadership with current missional trends, and develop materials that will facilitate renewal of culture and traditions.
Through a consultation process involving various stakeholders within the wider UCCSA family, the UCCSA had developed a Vision Plan to a Mission Plan Programme, followed by identifying leadership development, mission and evangelism, stewardship and oversight as its four main objectives.
During the consultation, the UCCSA officers and secretariat were introduced, followed by UCCSA President Rev. Rupert T. Hambira’s address on “Congregationalism in the Contemporary Context”. Both UCCSA’s clergy and lay leadership discussed the challenges of promoting an authentic ministerial theology geared towards a hurting post-modern world characterised by broad scepticism, and relativism.