SHORT-TERM PLANS (JUNE 2015-JUNE 2016)
- Reduce water expenses at the national office, which are at an alarming rate of a minimum of 10,000 Kenya shillings per a month, by sinking a borehole.
- Establish a poultry project that will eventually meet 30% of the national budget while the national Bishop continues to work on steadying the giving in our churches. Please find below the tentative costs for the two short term projects. As for the long term projects under roman two we are not in a position now to avail figures but that can be done when the necessary ground work is completed:
LONG TERM PLANS (JULY 2016-JULY 2020)
- Using poultry project as a basis and foundation for investing in future long-term projects that have already been identified as:
- Construction of a guesthouse and conference centre on the Karen National office property.
- Construction of learning institutions (or any other viable project in a given region) in each of our six regions to create income for both the national office and regional offices with a goal to do the same for districts.
- Set up centres that will act as cohorts for Discipleship University with a focus on making discipleship a regional university with a difference this is in the interest of the NTCOG-K owning the institution.
- Seek to acquire property at the upcoming Konza city and establish a facility that will put Kenya in a position to host major international conferences in the region.
- Create job opportunities for our members by engaging experts among us to help establish viable industrial ventures and partnerships that will create these jobs with an aim of alleviating poverty and illiteracy, which are key challenges to the Church of God congregations in Kenya.
- All these efforts aim at reversing the present trend where the national office consistently operates on deficit. We acknowledge the magnitude of the long term projects and the possibility of them stretching beyond the stated timeline. However our goal is to have them launched and going within the specified time. We will also rely on the consent of the national council in approving them based on the national priority.
- We seek to prepare Church of God-Kenya for her mission in Africa and the nations of the world: as a mission force not just in sending missionaries but supporting them; both her own and others from the rest of our neighbours.
- Our mandate will be realized well if we are in a position to both train and empower our ministers, an effort that requires a steady flow of funds that are preferably locally generated.
We strongly believe that success in these two initial short term projects will not only reverse 38 years of instability and dependence on outside help but also will lay a foundation for a model nation for the rest of Africa and the third world countries in leading the way in proper transitions and quality resource creation and management. Though we are well aware of the economic challenges worldwide, yet we are hopeful that we will find a window of our survival in this noble task. It is our prayer that the church in Kenya will find all the reasons to use every instrument available to enable us access this seed investment for the future stability of the Church in Kenya and establish a model for the rest of Africa and third world countries. We humbly propose these as potential avenues for revenue mobilization:
- The projects committee members committing to raise an amount they choose to pledge.
- Take a projects offering during our conventions in the next five years
- Allow the projects committee raise money in our churches and elsewhere doors permit.
- Challenge individual commitments to give for preferred periods towards projects
- Have our churches take a special offering once a year at least for three years to help give base to these projects.
- Re-invest into long term projects the proceeds of short term projects.
- As the Administrative Bishop and National council re-align our finances, we propose urgency so as to have the churches operate accounts in banks that will fund our vision.
The Church in Kenya (New Testament church of God) operates on a faulty financial flow i.e. the national office depends on the local church for funding when the local church in normal circumstances should ride on the strength of state office’s support. This order strains the local church and even gives the local church and consequently the national church a poor witness in the community as a poor and struggling church and denomination. Financial muscles at national level will reverse this trend and empower our local churches with the support they need to give a stronger witness at grassroots level.