By Sandra Tekere
Thirty pastors from different denominations, who had enrolled for spiritual training at the fifth annual Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Azusa Campus of Living Waters Theological Seminary in Bulawayo on Friday graduated with diplomas and certificates at a colourful ceremony.
The training of pastors is part of efforts to deepen Pentecostal pastoral and leadership training.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, AFM secretary-general Bishop Amon Madawo, who was the guest of honour said pastors play a major role in societal moral transformation.
“Now that you are graduates, the work of shepherding the people has started. Do not relax saying you don’t have a ministry.
There are many souls which need to be served, go and preach in the stadia, on the road and even in bars so that you transform the society,” he said.
Bishop Madawo said there was a need for pastors to remain true to the scriptures and to humble themselves before the Lord.
Speaking at the same occasion, the principal seminary, Dr Lovejoy Chabata said pastors must not relax but use the knowledge they have acquired to upgrade their families too.
“As the shepherds of the world you must be well informed spiritually and the things pertaining to leadership.
“Your helpers (spouses) should also enrol so that they are able to be of assistance to you. If they are schooled in theology, they will be in a position to give you advice,” said Dr Chabata.
The diploma is registered with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. The Living Waters Theological Seminary, Azusa Campus has 16 full-time lecturers. Sunday News