My name is Seth Dianga from Kenya; I am a third year student at Central Africa Baptist College and Seminary.
My life at CABU has been one of personal reflection and growth. For the past three years I have come to realize that CABU is a place to belong to, where my theology has been shaped into a biblical worldview. I have been strengthened in the faith and molded into being like Christ in my daily walk with him. I am not there yet but by his grace I am who I am today. I have been able to build relationships with both students and the friendly faculty we have here at CABU. Each day I am trained to be a servant leader both in actions and in my way of thinking.
One of the things that has challenged, equipped and that continue to help me develop my desire for ministry is the CABU Extension ministry program where all students are attached to a local church as part of their practical training. The extension ministry program has been a blessing to me. In the year 2015 I was attached to Faith Baptist Church Kwacha where I was able to put to practice the things I have been learning in class. I did not only practice but also observed and be directed on the pastoral and organizational aspects of ministry in a local churchs perspective.
This year, 2016, has been of a turning point for me. I was attached to Nkana West Baptist Church where I further learnt ministry in a different context. I have benefited greatly from the one on one mentorship program with Pastor Ndoji, and from his detailed instruction and training on the issues that pertains to the daily running of a church. I have also been privileged to be involved in a church plant in Chambishi where I have learned from a young church, observing and being involved in the process. This has really helped me better understand the?process of church planting.
I believe that for CABU to fully reach their goal of equipping men and women for ministry in Africa, it was thoughtful of them to incorporate the local churches in helping train us for this very task. We do not only need theoretical training we also need effective platforms to practice these theories and observe the challenges that comes with ministry as well as how to best do ministry. It has been a great journey that has helped me to develop my own personal philosophy of ministry. I intend to use what I have learned in my own context of ministry after I graduate.
As students we are so grateful that we have been given such opportunities to practice what we learn in class. I have personally from the Extension Ministry Program and I feel I am now ready to jump into ministry whether in a church plant or in an established church because I have the training and experience on the same. As the student population at CABU increases, I pray that many churches with sound doctrine will graciously accept to partner with CABU in this process of training servant leaders in Africa.
You can apply to CABU as a student by contacting the Admissions Director, Mr. Kennedy Kaseke on +26097 1507807 or email at [email protected]. CABU is now enrolling for the 2017 intake.