As a native pastor in Sesheke, a small border town in Western Zambia, David was troubled by the desperate situation of his community.
Sesheke is one of the biggest timber revenue collection areas in Zambia and at the same time remains one of the poorest districts in the country. When he became the chairperson of the pastors fellowship in Sesheke in 2007 they implemented a development program with the aim of transforming the community. After a few years and having to face many challenges David was compelled to ask himself the question “how effective is the Church at its transformational task”? And secondly, “how can the church become more effective”?
In his honest search for answers he was faced with the resounding conclusion from the community that “the church had failed in its transformational task”.
He researched and systemised the reasons why the church had failed at this very important task. And then he went on to look at what could be learnt from research studies in other disciplines as well as from Biblical principles. Finally, by combining the lessons from these three sources of data, David ended with a set of valuable guidelines to help the Church to be effective in transforming the lives of the people.
David Mutemwa submitted his dissertation (The effectiveness of Sesheke Church’s transformational task: a practical theological perspective) in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Magister Artium in Pastoral Studies in November 2016 and he obtained this qualification cum laude.
His study leaders were Prof W.J. Hattingh and Dr R. Hattingh-Rust, both from ATS. Prof Ferdi Kruger represented North West University as the co-study leader.
In December David discussed his research during a Skype interview.
The findings of the interviews with the community:
The guidelines for the Church to be effective in community transformation: