The director of the Leaderships Academy, United Congregational Church of Southern Africa called for the church to be a leaf for the healing of the nations. The leaf has been the visual representation of the 2009 General Assembly.
Rev. Majaha Nhliziyo, told the international dinner of Global Ministries that “what is needed today is a new way of being church and doing church. We need a servant church that is anchored on service to communities in which we live.
“The same temptations of being co-opted into the corruptive systems of the empire that blunted witness of the early disciples are still with us today.”
He said the call to be a leaf is recognition of “vulnerability and life-giving expendability as servants who came not to be served but save the world service.
The calling to be a leaf for the healing of nations also implies that it is our connected to Christ that gives enabling grace to be agents of healing.
The steps necessary to become a ‘leaf’ are:
- Recognize and confess our complicity in the pains and wound that our greed inflicts on the environment and nations.
- Educate each other on the schemes of the empire, the cost of division and do accurate analyses of the schemes of “the empire demon.”
- Mobilize human, material and spiritual resources for this battle against the empire god.
- Strategize, form alliances and co-ordinate progressive interventions.
- Communicate our networks and plans of actions with all partners.
- Implement and act on strategies, review, evaluate and aluta continua until final victory, until all nations have experienced their healing.
Rev. Nhliziyo quoted Revelations 22:1-2: “…and on either side of the river we there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were the healing of the nations.”