Ministries in the Diocese
The Diocese of Central Buganda runs several ministries. These ministries are initiated and managed by the different Departments of the Diocese.
Training & Mission
Head of Dept : The Very Rev Kezlon. K. Semanda
We, in Central Buganda Diocese believe in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only answer to man’s deepest need. We emphasize the preaching of the Gospel of salvation in every parish.
Missions and evangelistic campaigns are arranged from time to time in different parts of the diocese to bring new people to Christ, strengthen existing Christian fellowships, and to establish new ones where they have not been. Nurturing those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is of major concern.
We are open to all evangelical Christian ministries and we invite all who would like to partner with us in this task of mission and evangelism to come to our diocese and help us in the work of the Lord.
Stories of gruesome murder, rape, child defilement, robbery and witchcraft involve many of those who are even our fellow Christians in the diocese.
These and various stories in our newspaper headlines everyday are symptoms of a sick society, and reflect a moral degeneration which we don’t want to take lightly. We believe they are signs of a people who have turned away from their living God.
Women’s Worker: Mrs Persis Mulondo
Just like in most congregations the world-over, women account for the majority membership and active participation in the church. It is rare for women to miss church on any given Sunday. Experience has also shown that it is easier to organize women fellowships than the men.
In this diocese, women serve as Chairpersons of the Executive Councils at all levels of the church and we have several of them serving as ordained priests. It is the voice of the women in our Diocese that have been loud and clear in defending the rights of women and children. The diocese is proud of its Women’s Worker, Mrs Persis Mulondo, who has wide experience with women, and has been very instrumental in promoting women’s rights and participation in the church.
The Mother's Union(MU)
President: Mrs Lydia Kiwanuka
The Mother’s Union is one of the most vibrant of all the women’s organizations in the church. It includes married, divorced and widowed women in good standing within the Sacrament of Marriage. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the International Patron of MU, and although the organization is known as The Mothers Union, even women who have NOT been able to have children are free to join as long as they have been married in the Church.
The Mother’s Union aims to:
Perfomance of past leaders
Family Life Fellowship (FLF)
Head: Mrs Lutaaya
Family Life Fellowship brings together women in all stages of life, regardless of whether they are married, divorced, or widowed. It even embraces women who are not legally married but are living with their fiancée’s, single mothers, and young girls. Because of its open-ended characteristic, CWF was resented by the diehard members of the Mother's Union for a long time. Today, there is room for co-existence and many women from the Mother’s Union have even registered for cross-membership. Mrs Lutaaya is the first leader.
Health Services Department
The Diocese is very concerned about the spiritual as well as the physical health of her people. Studies done in the Diocese indicate that 70 percent of the diseases affecting the population are preventable. The main health problems include HIV/AIDS that has devastated the population, leaving behind many widows and orphans. Malaria is also a serious problem. These health problems are compounded by limited health facilities and poverty among households in the Diocese.
Although there are two government hospitals in the whole diocese (Mpigi Health Center and Gombe Hospital), the poor road system and large expanse of the diocese makes these two hospitals difficult to reach by many people. For example, it takes more than three hours to transport a sick person from a remote place in Kyayi to anyone of these hospitals. For this reason, the diocese has always emphasized the need to have a small dispensary or clinic in every parish or Archdeaconary.
Although a few churches like Kammengo and Bugobango have been able to establish medical centers at their location, most other churches have not been able. And even those with established clinics do not have the money to purchase the drugs required for the treatment of their patients. The diocese needs partners who can assist by sending medical equipment, medicine, money, and volunteers with medical skills to assist at these clinics and to open new ones in other places.
Schools & Education
Education Secretary: Mr Lezein P. Mulondo
Mr Mulondo, a very long-serving and experienced both teacher and administrator is the head of this department in the diocese. There are some 120 primary schools and another 17 Secondary schools under our church care in the diocese. Although the government has the upper hand in running and supporting these schools, the churches, as founding members, enjoy the freedom and privilege of propagating the Christian faith in these schools. However, there is a lack of well trained Christian Teachers and Educators.
There is also the need to set up a library in almost every school, as we virtually lack Christian books, books on all subjects, and literature in all of them. Our schools also lack much of the basic requirements such as science laboratories, books for students, teacher’s handbooks, and more. And due to a lack of buildings, classrooms are congested with 100 to 200 students per class.
As you can see in the pictures below, school kids simply sit anywhere in order to study, even on the floor or under trees because schools can’t afford having enough classrooms or chairs.
Through our Christian Education program, a lot of emphasis is put on the Youth and Children’s Ministry and special priority has been given to them (through Sunday school training) in all of our planning and implementation. There is also a great deal of revitalisation of pastoral visitations to schools and other institutions of higher learning in the diocese.
The University of Central Buganda- CBU
Efforts were made in 1999 to start the University of Central Buganda, which would offer advanced training for teachers and pastors in the diocese. This was possible through the courtesy of Dr. John Veldhuis, (formally a Canadian citizen, now living in the U.S).
When he came to the diocese as Schools Inspector in 1999 he saw that there was more need than simply inspecting the existing schools. He saw there was great need for well-trained school teachers, and he also saw the urgent need for well-trained ministers in the church.
The University, which initially started with the School of Theology and School of Education, was later expanded and now has courses in Agriculture, Business Administration and Computer Training. As any new institution that is beginning, it is still grappling with financial difficulties and challenges, including lack of money for supporting full time professors, supporting staff, maintaining a good library, and erecting modest classrooms and accommodation facilities.
The University has no means of transportation and access to the Internet is needed. But the nature of its location makes it one of the most strategically positioned university’s in the entire area. As said before, the diocese covers a huge rural area, almost 250 miles from one end to the other, and considering the population setting outside of the diocese, the university will be catering for the needs of over one million people.
For more information concerning this university visit http://www.centralbugandauniversity.info .
Poverty Alleviation Through PDR
Through our Christian Education program, a lot of emphasis has been put on the Youth and Children’s Ministry and special priority has been given to them (through Sunday school training) in all of our planning and implementation. There has been a great deal of revitalisation of pastoral visitations to schools and other institutions of higher learning.
Poverty Alleviation Through PDR
Head of Dept: Rev. Wilberfoce M. Mugabi
The fight against poverty and poor nutrition is being dealt with through the revitalising of family incomes. This has been accomplished mainly through the distribution of cows and pigs, plus giving out high grade quality seeds and money to help families engage into income generating projects under our Planning, Development, and Rehabilitation (PDR) program.