CASE STUDY 2: World Vision sponsored VCs transform TZ
CMS-Africa through a local partner Samaritan Strategy Tanzania (SASTA) has been actively engaged in wholistic transformation of Tanzanian communities. Starting off in 2010 with the Anglican churches, the VISION Conference model has been adopted by World Vision TZ as their main training tool in community development and it is bearing much fruit. To date, over 4000 people have attended Vision conferences held in TZ with over 1000 seed projects initiated at the community level.
The goal of World Vision TZ is to have its local partners, leaders and staff among them 62 Area Development Officers go through a VC.
The Vision conferences have been held in various dioceses of the Anglican church in Tanzania with participants from all denominations including Muslims.
To date trainings have been held at Morogoro, Ruaha, Lake Rukwa, Rorya and Tabora Dioceses.
The WORLD Vision TZ sponsored Vision conferences have been held at: Arusha, Dodoma, Tabora, Dar-es-salam, Manyara, Singida, Mwanza, Kagera, Tanga among other regions
To date, Vision Conferences have been held in over 35 countries across the African continent and there are national teams of trainers in 20 of these countries including : Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon DRC Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, South Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania among others.
The Vision Conferences has seven main objectives teach a wholistic World View which a balanced and integrated ministry is touching on the all aspects of mankind. i.e physical, spiritual, social and intellectual (wisdom) which are vital for the wholistic transformation of the community. The four dimensional characteristic development is determined from biblical passage– Luke 2:52
This could be replicated by any other organization seeking to improve the living standards of a people by fostering holistic community transformation where the transformation process involves the people—they get equipped to design their own transformational goal and they sustain it.
5Ws and H of a Vision Conference
A VISION Conference (VC) is a four-five days training workshop that teaches a biblical world view; equips believers to abandon unbiblical beliefs, teaches benefits of wholistic ministry and how a wholistically transformed community would reflect the Kingdom of God. This is in line with what Jesus taught and presents the biblical worldview and tools for wholistic ministry through lessons like ‘the transforming story’, the ABC’s of culture, ‘seed projects’ and ‘kingdom mathematics.’
VCs were borne out of a collaboration between Food for Hungry International (FHI) and Harvest Foundation and spread across Africa by the Samaritan Strategy largely prompted by CMS-Africa. They have since been adopted by many and labelled generally as wholistic transformation training events used not just by the church but the community to spur wholistic development
Local churches organise the conference and seek to bring up leadership to carry the vision forward in their communities. This is in line with the CMS-Africa objective of equipping the church for service in the community.
What it takes to organize a VC
VISION Conferences are organized using the bottom up approach. It is the community that expresses a need to be equipped, to have their eyes “opened” and to be agents of transformation.
This means that the cost of organising this community engagements is largely borne by the initiators. The Samaritan Strategy approach requires the initiators of the need to organize themselves into a coordination group; that includes several denominations in area that then looks into the costs of organizing such training. The participants only pay for their training manuals and the CMS-Africa caters for the cost of food and professional facilitators. It thus costs Ksh.85,000 ($950) to pull off a properly done VC for 40 people at any given point.