Independent church leaders graduate

2016-11-09 06:00
Independent church leaders (from left) Toto Kilani, Zimisile Venani, Wandile Mzwakali and Bulelani Ngqondi will be graduating this Saturday after studying at Timothy Training College in KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth.                        Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Independent church leaders (from left) Toto Kilani, Zimisile Venani, Wandile Mzwakali and Bulelani Ngqondi will be graduating this Saturday after studying at Timothy Training College in KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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MINISTERS of religion, and especially those from the independent churches, must take education, training and development seriously.

This is the view of four ministers from Port Elizabeth townships who will be graduating this Saturday (November 12) after three years of training and empowering at the Timothy Training College in Kwazakhele.

The graduation which will coincide with the 20-year anniversary of Timothy Training College (TTC) will be held at the Lilian Ngoyi Sports Centre, KwaZakhele, starting at 9am.

“We come from different churches in Port Elizabeth and studied through this institution which has empowered us with the knowledge and application of the word of God as written in the Bible,” said Reverend Zimisile Venani of the United Independent Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa in Zwide.

He completed three years of training.

“The theme of the event is 20 years of excellence in leadership development. This is what TTC has been doing for the past 20 years, empowering leadership for the church and the community,” said Reverend Wandile Mzwakali of the Universal Zion Methodist in KwaMagxaki who is celebrating two years of training at TTC.

He said spiritual leaders should also be upskilled and empowered as the voice of the reason in society.

“Gone are the days when independent church leaders were undermined because of their lack of education and with less participation in the issues affecting society.

“This is thanks to the TTC, which is opening up a new way of seeing things through skills training in addressing societal problems,” said Mzwakali.

Reverend Bulelani Ngqondi said his church had paid his fees after ordaining him as a reverend. He was trained in family and church management. He promised to give members a better leader who understood God’s voice in these changing times in history.

Reverend Toto Lourens Kilani said he was hoping other churches would come and support them during what he said would be a historic event.

Timothy Training College was started in Johannesburg and brought to these shores by Pastor Mani of Uitenhage in the 1960s.

Reverend Nomathamsanqa Priscilla Hlatywayo, who is the current tutor, took over in 1996.

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