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Bishop Dr. Alfred Kalembo inducts new Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Executive Board

Bishop Dr. Alfred Kalembo inducts new Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Executive Board

December 15
17:35 2018

By Michael Mazakaza

THE Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has inducted its new Executive Board which was elected at the 31st General Conference held in Ndola, Copperbelt Province in September 2018.

The induction which took place at Saint Mark’s United Church of Zambia (UCZ) branch in Lusaka’s Chilenje South on Saturday, 15th December 2018, was attended by former CCZ General Secretary Reverend Dr Suzanne M’membe-Matale, former CCZ President Bishop Dr Alfred Kalembo and other Church leaders from among CCZ member Churches.

The Council of Churches in Zambia Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service and Commissioning of New CCZ Board Members was convened on the theme: “Arise and Shine, with Bishop Dr. Kalembo as Commissioning Minister, Rev. Dr. M’membe-Matale as Preacher, Reverend James Phiri as Liturgist and UCZ Saint Mark’s spiritual head, Reverend Silishebo Silishebo as hosting Minister.

Former Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev. Dr Suzanne Matale has called on the CCZ to be bold and fearless in a homily entitled: “Better Together, Moving Forward in Faith”- PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

And speaking when she delivered her homily message, former CCZ General Secretary Rev. Dr Suzanne Matale has called on the CCZ to be bold and fearless.

Rev. Matale said the Church must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness and courage.

Former Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev. Dr Suzanne Matale, former CCZ President Bishop Dr Alfred Kalembo bid farewell – PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

She said the Church must operate like a lizard which she described as a fearless creature which can find itself even in a King’s Palace.

COUNCIL of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev. Canon Emanuel Chikoya thanks former CCZ GS Dr. Suzzane M’membe-Matale and Bishop Alfred Kalembo – PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

Rev. Matale said the Church is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ hence must not fear to speak for the voiceless in advocating for justice.

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) inducted by former CCZ President Bishop Dr Alfred Kalembo – PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

Rev. Matale has also called upon the Church to be on top of things by planning in advance for eventualities.

She said it is only by planning and preparing for eventualities that the Church would not be caught napping on issues that affect them.

She also expressed concern over the competition for materialism by the Church today.

She said competing for materials things must not be at the centre of the Church but rather preaching the gospel and winning souls to Jesus Christ must be at the Centre of the Church.

Council of Churches in Zambia  (CCZ) General Secretary Reverend Canon Emanuel Chikoya thanks former CCZ President Bishop Dr Alfred Kalembo – PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

She called on the Church to instead use material things they acquire to the glory of God.

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Reverend Canon Emmanuel Chikoya presents a gift to a Youth Board Member  at Saint Mark’s United Church of Zambia (UCZ) branch in Lusaka’s Chilenje South – PICTURE by Michael Mazakaza

And speaking after inducting the new Executive Board, CCZ immediate past President Bishop Alfred Kalembo reminded the new Executive Board that CCZ is a prophetic ministry that tells people what they need to hear and not what they want to hear.

He said the new Executive Board must stand for the truth in the execution of its duties no matter what, saying such is the role of a prophet, which the new executive board has become.

And new CCZ President Bishop Sydney Sichilima has pledged that the new Executive Board under his leadership would follow the foot steps of the immediate past Executive board.

The mandate of the newly inducted Executive Board runs up to 2021.

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