METHODIST Church in Zimbabwe superintendent Reverend Mark Sukulawo has urged local churches to rebrand and strive for self-sustenance.
Speaking during a ground-breaking ceremony for an administration of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Harare on Saturday, Sukulawo said local churches should fund own programmes and shun dependence on foreign missionaries.
“Our churches must learn to be self sustainable since we no longer have missionaries to depend on,” Sukulawo said.
“Gone are the days when missionaries used to build schools, churches and hospitals for us. Now is the time for us to rebrand our churches and move along with time. This is so, in order to avoid destroying our youths and not depend on donor funds for if we do not rebrand our churches, history will judge us some day,” he added.
CCAP synod moderator, Reverend Pattison Chirongo said the church had reached a point of maturity and was sustaining itself in most projects as compared to the last decades.
“It is my honour and privilege to welcome you to today´s groundbreaking ceremony, which celebrates the visible beginning of a new milestone in the journey of CCAP Harare synod,” Rev Chilongo said.
“This is a special day for us, our church has reached a point of maturity and I am thankful for that. You may recall that the vision of the CCAP Harare synod is, ‘we are a living church serving the Lord to His glory’. As such we are gathered here today, as a church to display the wisdom of God to the world and those new members who need a place to go where the truth is, are welcome,” he added.
He also paid tribute to the church’s foreign mission for providing $50 000 towards the project.