ZURICH, Switzerland — Twelve Baptists from eight nations earned the Certificate in Christian Leadership during the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering July 1-6 in Zurich in a new leadership development effort of BWA’s Division of Mission, Evangelism, and Justice.
“My eyes have certainly been opened to the breadth and depth and work” of BWA, said Starlette Thomas of the United States. “I plan to share of the global presence, ministry and impact of the BWA. “
Trisha Miller Manarin, missions, evangelism, and justice coordinator, said, “The intent of the certificate is to intentionally engage attendees in the heart work of the 16 commissions of the MEJ division.”
Participants in the Annual Gathering in Zurich could attend as many as six commission sessions from 36 different options. Each person who earned a certificate took part in at least five sessions, with no more than two sessions from any one commission.
Each commission has elected members, but others are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Certificate participants are “expected to return home with something new to share or with a renewed commitment to the mission of the Baptist World Alliance,” Manarin said.
The 2018 meeting offered a “soft launch” of the certificate program, Manarin said. “The program will be fully launched in 2019 during the Annual Gathering in the Bahamas.”
“I’m going back to my church richer and more enthusiastic,” said Petrina Nistor, Turkey. “I will certainly share much of my experience.”
Rachel Ade Lateju of Nigeria spoke of returning home to “share how BWA is bringing the global Baptist family into one room because we are one happy family in Christ Jesus.”
Imnatoshi Longkumer of India plans to “encourage my people to participate and collaborate with BWA, by sharing what I have experienced during the BWA 2019.”
BWA’s Manarin celebrated the 2018 recipients and gave thanks for the “dedication of the commission chairs and members who serve with enthusiasm and commitment to the Lord. We hope more people will consider being part of the certificate program next year and discover the rich gifts and insights the 16 commissions have to offer our global Baptist family.”
Here are the first 12 to complete the certificate:
- Sukru Biyacioglu, Turkey
- Mary Chin, USA
- Dawari George, Nigeria
- Rachel Ade Lateju, Nigeria
- Imnatoshi Longkumer, Nagaland (India)
- Sanna Msiza, South Africa
- Petrina Nistor, Turkey
- Samuel Otu-Pimpong, Ghana
- Daniel Philip, South Africa
- J. Yvonne Potter, Jamaica
- Starlette Thomas, USA
- Edwin K. Wirenda, Ghana
For more information, email MEJ[#]bwanet.org.