CMS-Africa through the Samaritan strategy programmes uses VISION CONFERENCES to advance mindset change/ transformation. These are five days conferences designed for church leaders, farmers, business people and various leaders in churches and communities. it has three main objectives: to help participants re-discover God’s glorious vision for the Nations, a vision of comprehensive transformation described by Jesus as the kingdom of God and to help Christians understand and live according to the biblical worldview and to recognise and abandon false, un-biblical beliefs.
The Samaritan strategy is a global ministry that encourages, prepares and equips the church of Jesus Christ with a biblical worldview to carry out wholistic ministry in their communities.
Samaritan strategy vision is to see local churches affecting a real transformation in their communities and in sufficient mass to disciple their nations.
The purpose is to help the local church discover God’s vision for the Nations, put on a biblical worldview and live it out in every sector of society
How do we achieve our purpose?
In the familiar story of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-27) Jesus transforms the word ‘neighbour’ from a noun to a verb. Jesus wants to bring about a paradigm shift from ‘knowing’ the truth to ‘doing’ the truth. He wants us to see that word ‘neighbour’ is not to be used academically as a Noun but practically as a verb to neighbour.
Samaritan strategy embraces wholistic ministry which refers to a balanced and integrated ministry to the physical, spiritual, social, and wisdom needs of the community in which it’s situated. This is seen as a lifestyle, (Mathew 22:37, 38).
To achieve the objectives of the Samaritan strategy VISION CONFERENCES are organised in different parts of Africa.
These is a three to five days training events, presenting the biblical worldview and tools for wholistic ministry through lessons like ‘the transforming story’ The ABC’s of culture, ‘seed projects’ and ‘kingdom mathematics’
Local churches organise the conference and seek to bring up leadership to carry the vision forward in their communities.
The Samaritan strategy collaborates with individuals, churches, para-church organisations, seminaries and bible schools, and other agencies to train all believers to live ‘CORAM DEO’ i.e. before the face of God in all areas of life.
Stephen Mosheni--------Coordinates Samaritan strategy in Kenya