The communication department of the Central Malawi Conference held a three day communicators conference at Natural Resources College in Lilongwe from 18th to 20th March 2022.
The conference which attracted one hundred church communicators from the Central region was aimed at equipping church communicators with necessary communication and public Relations skills to help them save their churches effectively.
The president of the Central Malawi Conference (CMC), during an interface program with the communicators took time to update the communicators on various developments taking place in the CMC while he answered questions from the communicators.
"We can't deny that our schools are not performing well. However, we have put in place strategies that will help improve the performance of our schools. These include improving on our infrastructures, staff development and motivation. In terms of technology, CMC has taken great steps in embracing it. Our office is already implementing e-transactions and e-reporting systems. ""He said.
Pastor Dr.Moffat Botolo, director of stewardship at Malawi Union Conference appealed to the communicators to be faithful when carrying out their work.
" You cannot save souls if you are not faithful yourselves. You must begin by saving your soul to save others," he added.
Several communicators received awards for outstanding performance in various categories during the conference. Francis Mkanya from Machenga SDA church emerged best communicator and was awarded with a smartphone.
Other categories included best video documentary, best photo exhibitor, best photograph and most supportive zone.
Henry Kopa received recognition for his contribution and support to the department.
Facilitators of the conference included Dr.Sydney Kankuzi from University of Malawi, Pastor John Phiri,Edith Tsirizani,Tithokoze Khonyongwa and Sam Chibaya among other facilitators.
Lessons delivered during the conference included Public Relations, photography,principles of church communication, videography and graphic designing principles.
The Malawi Union director of Communication, Emily Banda Egolet graced the conference on Sabbath. The conference was opened and closed by the director of Communication in the Central Malawi Conference, Pastor Solomon Naliya.
He appealed to the communicators to take the lessons from the conference seriously and and practice what they have learnt when they go back to their churches.
The Conference, which started in 2017 has become an annual event where
Adventist communicators interact, share skills and experiences, hold photo exhibitions.
By Yunos Kamba