by Prossy Nyafono
Benjamin House Ministries Storyteller
Celebrating five graduates from The House Church Pastoral Internship Program
The first ever pastoral internship program run by The House Church in Kampala, Uganda successfully ended with the graduation of five pastors on January 3, 2020. The ceremony saw the Pastors John Sewankambo, Frank Rotta, Henry Sekabago, Allan Tabula, and Elijah Tumwine awarded certificates after completing a 12 month training which equipped them with pastoral ethics, administration, leadership skills, scriptural interpretation, preaching, and teaching of the word.
Pastor Bucky Rogers, founder of The House Church and one of the program's teachers, testified to the transformation he has witnessed in the trainees and said a pastor should be, "able to go to bed unashamed of what he accomplished all day" not forgetting to be the shepherds God requires them to be because, "what we do here has a purpose beyond us."
Also present was Pastor Isaac Sebuwufu of Bible Truth Church Nabutaka and head of the National Fellowship of Born Again Pastors in Nangabo Sub County in Wakiso District who spoke to the graduates and emphasized a pastor’s personal relationship with Jesus, which should override knowledge because, "Jesus is the word that brings life."
Pastor John Sewankambo, who represented the interns, testifies to the fact that the training "took junk out of us" as they appreciated that the Gospel must be delivered honestly and simply with love to people with broken hearts.
Pastors Dennis Karamagi, Charles Opio, Isaac Sebuwufu, and Bucky Rogers pray over the graduates and their new mission.
According to Pastor Denis Karamagi, Senior Pastor of the House Church and internship teacher, the Pastoral Internship Program aims to equip pastors with tools to nurture believers to be disciples. He hopes the Program will one day be a full theological college.
Bucky Rogers, Benjamin House staff, and short-term missionaries