Professional Women Train Other Women for Leadership Roles

Women’s Ministries Leadership Certification training is facilitated at the local church level in Northern Zambia Union.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID)

[Zambia] From the time the Leadership Certification training program was established, training was organized by the Women’s Ministries director at the union level or conference level. This did not afford many women an opportunity to be trained. In view of the above, Mrs. Rita Twumasi, Northern Zambia Union Conference Women’s Ministries director, and her conference directors encouraged local churches to organize their own training but under the supervision of the conference Women’s Ministries directors.

The University Church was the first to organize a Women’s Ministries Leadership Certification training. Level 1 training was held November 1 to 3, 2019 at Chiyanjano Community Centre. The objective of WM Leadership certification is to train women to take up leadership positions at the local church level and to take part in the mission of the world Church (evangelism). Thirty-six women of all ages attended the training.

The facilitators were drawn from professional women in the University Church congregation, including Dr. Nzooma Shimaponda a lecturer at the University of Zambia, Sister Rita Twumasi, an attorney, Sister Linda Sibanda, a lecturer at Eden University, and Sister Matilda Mukuwe, Women’s Ministries director of the Midlands East Conference.

“My desire to mentor young women has increased,” reported one participant at the end of the conference. Another woman declared, “I was really helped by the topic ‘Problem Solving’ and learned the need to identify the problem, define the problem, and search for solutions.”

Contributed by Caroline Chola, Women's Ministries director for Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2019 Q4, Fall issue