About 30 years ago, Pastor David Michael Kyazze of Omega healing centre center church received an invitation to minister for a week in a new church being planted in Kasubi. The church was a peel away from another church located in Nakulabye led by his friend village-mate the late Steven Ssozi
Elders of what was then called Heritage Church had protested the Pastoral leadership of Ssozi, who had changed the ministry and surrendered to another leader. This group of elders told Pastor Kyazze about a young Pastor under the Heritage ministry who was doing a good job in a village called Zengebe – Lwampanga in Nakasongola. They said he was the right person to come to Kampala and lead the remnant members of the scattered Heritage Church. They, later on, brought Stephen Ssenfuma to Kampala to lead the church. Pastor David Michael Kyazze was then invited to speak for a week to the congregation as they prepared the foundation for the new work. That’s when he met the young pastor, Stephen Senfuma
At first, the church had the arrangement to put the church under a committee of elders. However, with Pastor Kyazze’s meeting with Stephen for the first time, he carried a lot of sympathy for him. If the church was to grow, it needed a new foundation and a strong top leader to help it navigate through its initial stages. For an entire week during his visit, Pastor Kyazze preached on Church Leadership and recommended that Ssenfuma be given full rights to shape the future of the church despite the fact that he was young and urbanly naive.
Pastor Kyazze says, ‘The elders didn’t like my proposal, so they “threw“ me out of the church and never allowed Ssenfuma to invite me again.’ By God’s grace Ssenfuma took the bull by its horns and labored against resistance to establish from scratch the great work we now see as United Christian Centre (UCC) ministry.
This apparently uneducated young man grew in stature and in the knowledge of the Word of God to become one of the most amazing apostles in the Pentecostal Church fraternity in Uganda and globally. He themed his ministry – “Omuntu Womunda” translated “Inner-man.” He has preached and taught about the inner man until he has been called home.
The studious spirit of Bishop Ssenfuma for the gift of teaching has made him exceptional and earned him honorary academic accolades. Indeed he has been a doctor in this discipline of pastoral leadership.
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