The Bible in Proverbs 29:18 warns that “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). This shows that vision is very pivotal in the success of any living organization. Failure to plan is planning to fail and the planning for the future must be based on assessment of current situation including achievements and shortcomings. Such an approach ensures that an organization is able to build on its achievements and develop strategies that effectively tackle its shortcomings, as well as other emerging issues. The development of this Strategic Plan for the Central Malawi Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists (CMC) is, therefore, most welcome.
The Strategic Plan provides the CMC Secretariat with a framework for initiating and implementing its mandate of proclaiming the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14:6-12 to all peoples within its territory, leading them to accept Jesus as personal Saviour and to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return in a more effective and cohesive manner.
Over the years, CMC has grown and as at December 2014 it had 70,000 members meeting in 791 church meeting points across the Central Region in Malawi. The achievements of CMC have not been without challenges, the most critical ones being large un-entered territories, weak youth evangelism, inadequate financial resources, inadequate infrastructure and weak human capital development. It is clear that in addressing these challenges, CMC requires a change in the mind set leading to a change in the manner CMC has done its business over the years.
PASTOR JOHN A.G. PHIRI
President: Central Malawi confrence
of Seventh Day Adventist Church