Challenge Ministries Swaziland (registered as Teen Challenge Ministries Institute) is the ministry which founded and covers The Potter’s Wheel Church. Challenge Ministries Swaziland is a registered Section 21, not for profit entity and is audited annually by auditors, Kobla Quashie & Co. The ministry is also registered at the Conference of Churches and has its names secured at the Ministry of Justice under the Names and Badges Act, securing the names of Teen Challenge Swaziland, The Potter’s Wheel Church and The Lighthouse.
The board of Challenge Ministries Swaziland is directly responsible to cover all the aspects of Challenge Ministries, being (and written in historic order of development), Teen Challenge Discipleship Centre Emafini, Hawane Children’s Homes, Hawane CLC, TCMI Life Skills School, The Potter’s Wheel Church, Elusitweni Help Centre, In Community By Community (ICBC) church plants.
The covering board of Challenge Ministries has required The Potter’s Wheel Church to train up from within the fellowship, six individuals to sit on this board, in order to provide direct oversight for the entire Challenge Ministries Swaziland work, including The Potter’s Wheel Church. The board has then also required that elders and deacons be appointed to serve the Church and to be held accountable by the board.
The covering board of Challenge Ministries Swaziland has a direct relationship of affiliation with Global Teen Challenge. (Teen Challenge was founded by Rev. David Wilkerson – author of “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Rev David, his son Gary and David’s brother, Rev. Don Wilkerson continue to relate with us directly, though they no longer lead - but do continue to support - Global Teen Challenge.)
The Challenge Ministries Swaziland oversight board meets monthly with The Potter’s Wheel senior pastor and holds both the ministry and its leadership to account in all areas - with particular attention to financial integrity, governance, strategy and holding the ministry to the vision and to account.
An interim leadership team within The Potter’s Wheel Church body already serves to help the Senior Pastor lead the church whilst receiving training. The interim leadership team finds its covering in the senior pastor and then in the covering board, whilst The Potter’s Wheel Church trains up its leaders over the next two years, to appoint into the position of elders and deacons.
Once training is completed elders will be appointed to the Challenge Ministries board for a two year period. Ten deacons will be appointed for two years in staggered terms of office.
To achieve this, we have a Leadership Discipleship Training program which meets two Sunday evenings a month at the Church. The training time is open to any person attending the fellowship. We are going through an in-house Biblical certification course where we cover a min. of 23 Biblical studies, using AMES Christian University USA curriculum. The material is practical and very encouraging. From this group of believers, we are looking for couples who qualify to become active leaders within our Fellowship, and to send on into ministry.
The training will be ongoing within the Church to fulfill our vision to Win, Train, & Send empowered Christians out into places of authority and responsibility. The Training is open to all who wish to get closer to God and to be equipped, as long as they are born again, covenanted to The Potter’s Wheel Church. It is designed to flow in such a way that anyone can join at any stage and go on to complete all 18 courses as we study.
It is from this group of committed believers that we seek to find and ask people to take positions within the body of Christ that God has called them to, having then met the Word of God’s qualifications for leadership, being:
1Ti 3:2 A church officer then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 1Ti 3:3 not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 1Ti 3:4 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 1Ti 3:6 Not a novice,....
1Ti 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 1Ti 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 1Ti 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
In the book of Exodus, the Lord tells Moses to choose leaders that:
1. Love God. 2. Hate sin. 3. Are able. 4. Are found to be faithful and of good reputation. (Faithful in the small things, as well as in the big things.)
These requirements are therefore the requirements that we place on those whom we want to encourage into leadership. If you are interested in going through this training, please contact the church secretary as soon as possible.
Potential leaders need also to be covenanted to the church, be active and faithful to a home group, lead a home group and be part of the LDT course described above.
Our vision is to continue the training program for all believers interested, to encourage and empower individuals to take up their rightful leadership roles in their homes, the market place and the body of Christ. The appointment into any church leadership position is to be ordained by the Church Leadership covering the individual, directly.