Sunday, December 6, 2009

Churches also plan: Anglican in Malawi

(Church of the Province of Central Africa)


2009 – 2014



A self sustaining Church that is Christ centred and strive to serve humankind wholistically.


Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire is a Christ-centred church that is commissioned to discipleship and proclamation of the gospel through provision of social, economically and pastoral services.


 Faith:

 Transparency:

 Dialogue:

 Accountability:

 Love:

 Unity:

 Integrity:

 Commitment:

 Learning:

 Trust:

 Upholding and defending the teaching of the faith.

 Ecumenical: Fellowship to other churches

 Excellence : We aim to excel in all that we do.

 Partnership:

1.1 Preface
1.1 Forward
1.2 Preamble

1. Introductions and Background
i. Functions and structural framework
ii. Basis of the strategic plan
iii. linkage with the overall vision /mission of the Anglican Province of Central Africa
iv. Linkage with Mission of the global Anglican Community
v. Linkage with he Mission of the Malawi and World Council of Churches

2. Review of the Performance
i. Achievements
ii. Setbacks
iii. Lessons learnt

3. Current Reality and Assumptions of the Plan
i. situational Analysis
ii. Stakeholders Analysis
iii. Swot Analysis
iv. need to change
v. Assumptions of the Plan
vi. Strategic Foundations

4. Vision
5. Mission Statement
6. Values
7. Strategic Plan Pillars
i. Key Result Areas
ii. Goals and Strategies
iii. Annual Strategic objectives
iv. Key Performance Indicators
v. Performance
vi. Monitoring and Evaluation
vii. Strategic Financial Plan
viii. Implementation Plan
8. Conclusion


This document sets out a strategic plan for the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire. It reviews strengths, weaknesses,threats and opportunities, presents a series of statements relating to Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire's vision, mission, values and objectives and goals to be realised in the execution of its ministry

Introduction and Background:

The Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire emerged out of the division of the Diocese of Southern Malawi into two in 2002. Most if not all its coverage is part of what was the then Diocese of Southern Malawi. However, when the two Dioceses were partitioned, its financial position weakened hence the need to reposition its efforts. This strategic plan therefore outlines the ways and means on how such challenges can be addressed. The Diocese has had two sets of leadership since its division. It has culminated therefore that current new; leadership felt it imperative that the Diocese must have a strategic focus for its development and ministry.

The 2009-2014 strategic plan being the first of its kind for the Diocese of Upper Shire therefore sets out the Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, Objectives, strategies and performance indicators. In a nutshell, it outlines what direction the Diocese would like to take in the period under consideration in its endeavour to further both spiritual and social well being of its flock. This strategic plan has emerged out of an extensive consultation that involved; the Diocesan Bishop and his assistant, members of both the clergy and the laity as well as heads of institutions under the Diocese. This was purposely done so that the plan commands wide support and carries within it the aspirations of all stakeholders in the Church. It is our hope that even those stakeholders that didn't directly contribute to the development of the strategic plan will give it the much needed support.

The strategic plan is both indicative and prescriptive. It outlines the necessary strategies that need to be realised in order to attain the Diocesan Vision and Mission. In view of the need to monitor and measure progress, the plan sets targets that indicate major milestones towards the attainment of agreed goals and objectives. The plan further strives to outline an implementation programme that describes the main activities necessary for the achievement of the objectives with reasonable and agreeable time frames that takes into account resource constraints.

Imprimatur: +Brighton Upper Shire


The need for a strategic plan in any organisation need not to be overemphasised. Indeed a strategic plan for the Diocese of Upper Shire is very important in terms of its present as well as future roles and responsibilities placed on it in its ministry of both word and sacrament. Thus, this strategic plan sets a clear direction for the Diocese in the execution of its responsibilities.

This plan has been developed to cover a period of five years from October, 2009 to September, 2014. This is the first plan for the Diocese since its inception as earlier highlighted. Although so much has been done in the Anglican Church in Malawi since its formation, much of it has been done haphazardly without following a properly outlined plan. Effectiveness of development and growth of the church without a strategy lives things to happen by chance as opposed to clearly outlined and envisioned plan of this nature.

It is the intention of the Diocese to ensure that this plan forms the foundation upon which all future planning frameworks will be based. In this regard, the Diocesan office being a central coordinating office, recognises the important role it is supposed to play in disseminating of information relating to kinds of programmes and projects for the Diocese.

The role of our traditional and other prospective partners will be inseparable in the implementation of this strategy. Partner support forms an integral part of the document as such their understanding and appreciation of our areas of interest will be a major concern for the Diocese.

Now that the document is finalised, far reaching gratitude should go to the entire family of stakeholders that took part in this process, the facilitators and our partners who generously made resources available for this type of exercise (see attached list of participants), for their cooperation, commitment and support rendered.

Acknowledgements would be incomplete without recognising and appreciating the invaluable role played by our facilitators; Rev. Fr. Goodson Chipapala, Rev. Fr. Francis Chipala and Rev. Fr. MacDonald Sembereka in facilitating the whole process of developing the strategic plan.

It is my sincere hope that this strategic plan will enable the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire contribute positively in setting up and implementing responsive development programmes in its effort to serve the people of God entrusted to it.


'If you don't know where your organisation is going any road will get you there'.

The quote here summarises the way in which the diocese has been operating. It was then felt that if it is to succeed in this competitive environment there was need to develop a plan

The strategic plan concept was initiated following the recognition of certain deficiencies and constraints in the provision of services to the faithful and the community at large. There was no provincial Strategic Plan or past apart from the working guides to base on.

This strategic plan aims at:-

 utilizing the opportunities
 strengthening the spiritual life in the church
 be self sustaining church
 train more clergy and laity
 transparency and accountability
 have the ownership of the Diocese
 good record keeping in the church
 increase the number of structures

Linkage with the overall vision and mission of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa:

The Diocese will ascribe to the enactments of the Provincial Synod, which is the Legislative body of the Province of Central Africa as stated in the Canons and Constitution

Linkage with the Mission of the Global Anglican community:

The Diocese of upper Shire ascribes to full communion with the church of England and with the Anglican communion throughout the world, holds the Faith of Christ as taught in the Holy Scriptures, preached by the Apostles, summed up in the Creeds and confirmed by the undisputed General Councils of the Holy Catholic Church. The diocese also accepts the principles of worship set forth in the Book of Common Prayer

The Anglican Communion's vision is on Unity: towards a vision of the Unity we seek:Making Visible the Unity we Share.

Linkage with the Mission of the Malawi and World Council of Churches:

The Malawi Council of Church ( MCC) has the following as their main objectives: Human transformation following the image of Christ, promoting development and fostering unity, peace, justice and love amongst the human race. The World Council of Churches (WCC) Vision: God in your grace, transform the world.

The MCC and WCC focuses on the transformation theme in which all aim to transform the community in which they live through engagement in activities that promote peace, unity and justice.



 good team spirit
 existing infrastructure
 political goodwill
 partnership
 enough institutions
 human resource highly
 qualified people
 Auditing Accounts

 luck of IGA
 improper use of liturgy
 recognition of retired personnel
 failure to use the parishioners
 land not used
 failure to reach out
 priorities not well defined
 luck of focus
 Monitoring and Evaluation
 Identifying other preachers in the Church
 Luck of follow-ups to church activities


 Christian awareness is currently in the wind
 government which encourages Christianity
 New leadership - Bishop
 Infrastructure
 Human resources Threats

 emerging of new churches
 Islam-giving scholarship to people
 untimely deaths
 Donor fatigue
 Deforestation
 Encroachment
 Global warning

Goals Strategies
To extend Gods Kingdom Evangelism, Counselling, Social work, Lay training
To build the capacity of both laity and the clergy Training,refresher course of both the laity and the clergy,and heads of institutions
exposure of the people
external learning
raining of new clergy
advocacy on the education
To live the Gospel Provision of Education
project that target vulnerable groups

Group II

1. Mangochi land
office complex

2. St. George's land
to build flats to be rented out by university student & other people

3. Kaphiridzinja Cottage

4. Camping site for families and others

5. Malosa land
 should be used as agricultural land to supply to various facilities
 preservation of the forest in Malosa hill

Other Projects
1. 100% ownership of Chilema
2. Contract farming in piggery, vegetables etc.
3. Turn Kunkuli into a tourist centre or private school
4. Building of houses for rental purposes in Malosa, Zomba, Mangochi and Liwonde
5. Construction of a halls
6. Revival of the Malosa filling station
7. Retrieve Mangochi secondary school.
8. Utilisation of rural areas like Matope to open up a rural training centre
9. Water supply at a cost to the communities
10. Agro- forest and animal husbandry project





The achievements of the diocese since establishment cover major undertakings as outlined below:

 Academic excellence (good grades)
 Quality teachers
 Quality human resources.

 9 health centres
 2 major hospitals
 College of Nursing

 Church planting
 Strengthening Sunday School
 Accountability in Accounts Dept.( update of Audited Accounts)

Achievements in Churches:
 From 4 to 5 Archdeaconaries.
 Parishes increased from 23 to 26 parishes
 further studies for Priests i.e. Diploma, Degree and Masters
 increasing number of Parishes

New Projects:
 Netsforlife
 HIV and AIDS

 5 new Priest's houses
 3 maize mills
 Construction of new hostels,houses,classrooms at College of Nursing
 Unfinished Daughters of the King building

Integrated farming:
 Information Technology Improvements i.e. Computers & Internet
 Rehabilitation of water system
 Transportation (motor bikes and vehicles)
 The opening of Leonard Kamungu College
 Establishment of Diocesan Development Programmes
 The Diocese has the new Bishop
 Opening of Chaplaincies in secondary schools

Despite numerous achievements as detailed above, there have been some setbacks regarding our performance such as:
 Over dependence on external assistance
 Absence of the Project Coordinator
 Lose of the unused/undeveloped land

Lessons Learnt:
 Lack of planning retards progress
 continuous training of both clergy and the laity is necessary in order to enhance performance and keep abreast with modernity in the church.


Situational Analysis

This strategic Plan will outlined the work to be carried out by each arm of the Diocese and will be reviewed through Diocesan Standing committee, Archdeaconaries,and clergy meetings. It is hoped with the Strategic Plan the Diocese will strategically plan its activities in such a way that the reviews carried out on a regular basis, this will also help monitor progress.

Diocesan properties

 2 hospitals and 9 health centres
 Nursing and midwifery college
 Diocesan offices
 Secondary Schools
 Primary schools
 Motor bikes
 Kaphiridzinja cottage
 Unutilised land at Kaphiridzinja
 Malindi pottery
 Malindi workshops
 Mangochi Plot
 Rectories
 Church buildings

(Vision, Mission and Core Values)

The vision, mission and Core Values of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire shall be as stipulated here below:

A self-sustaining church that is Christ Centred and strives to serve humankind holistically.


The Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire is a Christ centred church that is commissioned to discipleship through the proclamation of the gospel, pastoral care and service delivery (both social and economic).

Core Values

 Trust in God
 Love and compassionate in its ministry
 Transparency and Accountability
 Excellence in the way of doing things
 Ecumenical in its ministry
 Trust among its people
 Unity of purpose
 Upholding and defending the teaching of the Church
 Gender sensitive

Strategic Objectives

The following are the objectives of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire:

 To ensure nurturing the people of God by offering quality pastoral care.

 To strengthen the proclamation of the Gospel through out the diocese and beyond.

 To develop the capacity of both laity and the clergy for the furtherance of the Gospel in the Diocese.

 To provide essential services to both members and non members in fulfilment of its call.

 To attain economical empowerment for purposes of the fulfilment of the church's' mission and self edification.

 To increase the Dioceses' visibility and impact in the country and beyond.

Guiding Principles

 Draw inspiration from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Align itself and its operations to the Cannons of the Church of the Province of Central Africa and the Acts of the Diocese.

 Utilisation of available skills within and among the membership and then develop them further.

 Promotion of human development.

 Work in partnership with other like mind organisation.

 Promotion of self reliance through parish based self help projects.

Objectives and Strategies

Objective 1:

Nurture the people of God in the Diocese through provision of quality pastoral care.


Strengthening and provision of :

 Youth ministry
 Pre- and post marital counselling
 Women's and girls ministries
 Baptismal and confirmation classes.
 Pastoral visitations and administration of sacraments.
 Home cells and small Christian communities
 School chaplaincies

Objective 2:

Strengthening the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Diocese and beyond.


 Establishment of evangelism committees at all levels of the Diocese.
 Establishment and utilisation of media including a Diocesan Radio (both print and electronic).
 Improvement in production of IEC materials for the Diocese.
 Engage into church planting.
 Increase of trained lay and ordained evangelists in the Diocese.
 Recruitment and training of more new clergy and further training for the old ones.

Objective 3:

Build and increase the capacity of both the laity and clergy for the furtherance of the Gospel in the Diocese.


 Training and refresher courses for both the clergy and laity.
 Establishment of Matope Rural Training and Development Centre for the development of the Diocese.
 Further studies for both the clergy and laity with institutions of higher learning.
 Establishment of Malosa Anglican University
 Intensification of parish – based trainings for lay leaders.

Objective 4:

Provision of essential services to humankind in the fulfilment of its ministry.


Strengthening and establishment of:
 Existing and new health facilities and services.
 Existing projects like HIV and AIDS, Netsforlife, Income Generating Activities etc.
 Existing and new Primary and Secondary Schools.

Objective 5:

Attainment of economic empowerment for purposes of fulfilling its mission and self edification.


 Refurbish and rebuild Kaphiridzinja cottage.
 Construction of office blocks, hostels and accommodation facilities in Mangochi, Zomba, Liwonde, Balaka and Malosa.
 Engage into Income Generating Projects for interest groups; crop and animal husbandry.
 Establishment of a University College at Nkuli/ Malosa.
 Revival of Malindi workshops and pottery.
 Revival of Malosa Filling Station.
 Revival of Malosa farm.

Objective 6:

Increase the Dioceses' visibility and impact in the country and beyond.


 Affiliation to like minded organisations.
 Improved documentation (newsletter and news articles)
 Participation in international and national fellowships.
 Networking and collaboration/partnership

Need to charge

Christian ministry is facing a lot of challenge due to emerging evolutionary methods of worship and service delivery. There is therefore need for the diocese to gear itself for the inevitable change that these challenges bring on. This can be accomplished effectively if the diocese changes with thereby catching up with new methodology and technology.

The progression of the diocese since inception have been as follows

Sept-Dec 2009
Amount Jan-Dec.2010
Amount Jan-Dec.2011

income Malawi Kwacha
Millions Malawi Kwacha
Millions Malawi Kwacha
External Income
Local Income
Total Income

Stakeholders Analysis

The plan encourages working together as Team not only within he Diocese but also outside . In order to effectively and efficiently provide prompt quality services and responses , which is the intended mission of the Diocese, it is imperative to involve the stakeholders. The chart shows some of the stakeholders.




No. Parish Rectory church hall hospital H/Centre schools cottage houses others


ACTIVITY 2009/10 2O10/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014

1 comment:

penwatch said...

This plan looks like a triumph of optimism over reality. It will only be achievable with a different bishop, which is not likely for about another 35 years!