Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS Ministries) USA/Canada is a nonprofit organization that primarily exists to support the ministry Sufficiency Scripture Ministries (SOS Ministries) Uganda. SOS Uganda is a nongoverment organization based in a deep, impoverished village in central Uganda, East Africa. The organization seeks to both have nationwide impact and local community impact. They seek to fulfill these two missions through five primary ministries. For national church impact: Church Strengthening and Shepherd’s Training Center. For local community impact: Local Church, Community Outreach, and Legacy Christian Academy.

National Church Strengthening Impact

Overview

SOS Ministries aspires to see a national movement take place within God’s Church in Uganda.  They want to see God fearing, Christ proclaiming churches rise up across Uganda to the extent that God’s Church begins to impact the whole of the Ugandan society.  They believe that the revival that took place across Europe in the 1500’s is set to take place throughout Africa today.  They have a conviction that in this last hour of Church history, God wants to do a great work throughout Africa, and they want to be on the forefront of that movement in East Africa.  In order for this national impact to take place, they want to see a denomination strengthened (Ministry of Church Strengthening),  pastors thoroughly equipped (Ministry of Shepherds Training Center), and churches strategically planted through Uganda.

Ministry of Church Strengthening

This ministry seeks to work with the Baptist denominations of East Africa (primarily the Baptist Union of Uganda and the Baptist Convention of South Sudan) to strengthen their exisiting organizations and member church leadership so the whole leadership is focused on ensuring that its churches are spiritually maturing and are achieving God’s purposes. It seeks to achieve this through four strategies.

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The first strategy is our National Conference.  These conferences are designed to embed the Church in evangelical essentials, that is, vital, biblical truths that are critical to producing strong, vibrant, Christexalting churches.  These conferences highlight themes such as “The Highly Exalted God,” “The Supremacy of Scripture,” “The Glorious Gospel Conference,” “The Transformed Life,”  “The Invaluable Church,” “The Honorable Calling” and “The Sacred Pulpit.”  These conferences are offered to Pastors/Elders. Additional conferences are offered to Women and Youth.

The second strategy is Leadership Empowerment Trainings.  These are strategic trainings that seek to empower the leadership holding positions within the Baptist structure (such as the association chairmen, the regional overseers, and the executive members).  Stated differently, these training are not for the pastors in general, but for the leaders of the pastors.  Since the vast majority of pastors in Uganda have minimal education, slow retention, and language hindrances, these trainings focus on empowering those with greater capacity with the effort that they will train those with lesser capacity in their own language and location, and at a rate that is conducive to the individual needs of those under their care.  These trainings focus on key practical issues and are designed to develop the Union’s capacity. They address key issues such as, how to lead, roles and responsibilities, how to counsel biblically, discipleship tools for evangelism and church membership, how to interpret the Bible, how carry out church planning, etc.

The third strategy is Church Visitation.  This strategy seeks to love and care for local pastors and church leaders by visiting them in their local settings and hearing their individual challenges and concerns.  This strategy deepens relationships from the ground up, practically communicates love, and exposes SOS to the concerns of a local area.

The fourth strategy is National Strategic Planning.  This strategy seeks to facilitate a forum with the executive and national leadership to focus on organizational development initiatives.  Through this forum, practical and specific national goals and strategies are planned to lead the Union forward.  Some of these goals and strategies consist of strategic planning, constitutional review, and the implementation of key planning initiatives.

Ministry of Shepherds Training Center

Shepherds Training Center is a government-recognized, four-year, threephase, comprehensive, high quality,  discipleship equipping center for pastors.  Its goal is to see God-fearing East African men thoroughly and holistically equipped to fulfill their God-entrusted roles as pastors and shepherds of God’s invaluable Church.  It is an institution that seeks to be practical, relational, serious-minded, financially affordable, and focused on the local church.  Shepherds Training Center focuses its efforts on helping its students prioritize their relationship with Jesus Christ, think biblically and theologically, preach expositorially, counsel biblically, and live exemplary in character and family life.  It seeks to develop pastors who wholeheartedly love God (Phase one), deeply know Him (Phase two), and effectively proclaim Him (Phase three).  It prepares men to understand the high calling of pastoral ministry and be willing to surrender their lives to build and shepherd God’s Church.  Shepherds’ three phases breakdown as
build and shepherd God’s Church.  Shepherds’ three phases breakdown as follows:

Phase One – The Discipleship Institute  (1 Year).  The Discipleship Institute will consist of 3 terms (two-three month residential terms and one 5 month nonresidential term).  These terms were sequentially organized to help ensure that each student biblically knows, experiences, and lives out the Christian life, that is, he lives out a vibrant relationship with his God, the King.  The first residental term will focus on clearly understanding and experiencing the gospel:

  • Weeks 1-4
  • The Supreme God
  • A True Picture of Created Man
  • Weeks 5-8
  • God’s Glorious Salvation
  • Walking Intimately with God
  • Weeks 9-12
  • The Believer’s New Position and Security
  • Compassion, Outreach, and Discipleship
  • Other Classes:
  • The Practice of Spiritual Disciplines
  • The Practice of Practical Activities (Agriculture, Computer/Typing, and
  • English/Reading/Writing)
  • Foundations of Worship

The second residental term will focus on clearly understanding and living the Christian life:

  • Weeks 1-4
  • Practical Christian Living
  • Solving Life’s Conflicts
  • Weeks 5-8
  • Mindset for Christian Living
  • Living a Life of Faith
  • Weeks 9-12
  • Counseling Basics
  • The Foundations of Expository Preaching
  • Other Classes
  • Digging Deep into God’s Word
  • Digging Deep into God’s Word Practical Activities (Husbandry, Computer/Typing, English/Reading/Writing)
  • Foundations of a Minister of Worship

The one non-residential term will focus on reinforcing the truth expositionally.

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Phase Two – The Bible Institute (2 Years). This phase will be available by invitation-only after having completed phase 1.  This whole phase is residential for the whole family.  The phase will seek to mold the whole family (including classes offered to the wives of these pastors).  The primary focus of this phase will be on knowing God.  Therefore, God’s Word will be the primary textbook. Therefore, book of the Bible studies will be the primary focus of each of class.  They believe that each pastor must be able to effectively handle God’s Word to deserve the right to be called “pastor.”  There will be three other secondary goals: Expository Preaching, Biblical Counseling, and Key Theological/Family Issues (Lordship Controversy/Pentecostal Issues and Marriage/Parenting Issues).

Phase Three – The Pastors Institute (1 Year).  This phase will be available by invitation-only after having completed phase 1 and 2.  This phase will be like the former; it will be residential and will offer classes for the wives.  The two primary focuses of this phase will be on preparing men to carry out their pastoral responsibilities and to assist them to accurately process through each of the major areas and relevant issues of theology.  Therefore, they are going to take the eight responsibilities of a pastor and ensure that each pastor in training knows how to practically carry them out. They will take each area of theology and help their pastors develop theological convictions.

They believe that after a pastor has completed this four year training, he will be well-equipped to effectively lead God’s church.  It is at this time that a church-planting effort could take place that could rock East Africa.  To church plant before this would only potentially create platforms for false teachers.

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Local Community Impact

Overview

In 2009, after being in Uganda 3 years and learning the how to minister  in the country, SOS strategically decided to move to a rural community.  They believed the village context would provide the best platform for building a model church.  When they moved to the village of Kubamitwe (meaning: hit the head, because it had been a place of execution) they had one goal on their mind—reaching their impoverished, sin-laden community for Christ.  In order to reach their community, SOS Ministries has developed three strategic ministries all surrounded around the beliefs that ministry must start at home, be built around discipleship, exercised through the means of love and truth, and be centered around the building or strengthening of a local church.  These ministries are the ministry of the local church, the ministry of community outreach, and the ministry of Legacy Christian Academy.  All of these ministries are build to meet SOS’s communities’
Academy.  All of these ministries are build to meet SOS’s communities’ greatest needs – their spiritual, educational, and medical needs.

Ministry of the Local Church

In October 2009, SOS Ministries planted a local church called Community Bible Church of Kubamitwe (CBC).  This local church has functioning elders and is the backbone of SOS’s effort to reach their community and serves as a model portrait for our Shepherds Training Center.  This ministry is the outcome of two other ministries — the ministry of Community Outreach and the ministry of Legacy Christian Academy.  This ministry seeks to be a “model church” for the pastors trained at Shepherds Training Center.  That is, it seeks to provide a living example of the biblical principles of church life.  CBC seeks to fulfill its God-given mission to glorify God, strengthen its members, and reach the lost within its community.  To fulfill this mission, it has a weekly Sunday services including Sunday School for all ages, evangelistic Bible studies within the community and multiple equipping Bibles studies and equipping conferences.  To handle shepherding concerns, it has divided itself up into village ministry teams under the leadership of its elders.  It is in these ministry teams that its members are encouraged to work together to strengthen one another and reach those lost among them.  As a ministry, they recognize that God’s main focus of building His people and reaching the lost is through local churches so this ministry, although not as flashy, is the passion of Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries.

Ministry of Community Outreach

The objective statement of the ministry department of Community Outreach is that it is “devoted to discipling and serving the communities in and around Kubamitwe by lovingly building a relationship with our community, holistically empowering our community, and by faithfully pointing our community toward the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, so that they know, love, and enjoy their Creator and His creation.”  As stated in this mission statement, the goal of this department is to disciple the communities in and around Kubamitwe (the village in which SOS resides), so that they know, love, and enjoy their Creator and His creation.  This goal is what drives this department and everything that this department does.  As a ministry, they hold to what many call “mercy ministry” or “compassion ministry”—that is, ministry projects that lovingly help the general welfare of people.  But they believe that since SOS is a mission organization, these humanitarian projects need to be met with the  goal of building up the church or strengthening it, because they believe that  missions will always fulfill one of these two goals.  Therefore, they are committed to ensuring that all of their programs are aimed at pointing their community toward the Lord Jesus Christ and His church.  Their program strategies are focused around three main objectives: 1)Building a relationship with SOS’s community. 2) Holistically empowering the community. 3) Faithfully pointing the community to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.  The focus of this department is their whole target community, regardless of social status, religious preference, moral values, or ethnic background.  As a ministry, they desire to know, love, and have a relationship with everyone within their community.  Because everyone has been made in the image of God, everyone is valuable and precious to SOS.

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How is SOS building a relationship with their community? They are doing this through various social activities.  These activities may include community movie nights, soccer tournaments, monthly local leadership meetings, etc.  The prayer is that they can relate with everyone in their community and establish a loving trust between one another, which in turn can lead to counseling and helping their community align every area of their lives under the supremacy of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).

How is SOS holistically empowering their community?  They are holistically empowering their community through various strengthening programs. These programs seek to assist their community in times of emergency or in areas of deficiency, so that they can be developed into Godfearing, self-sustaining citizens, who are able to appropriately care for their families.  These programs may include emergency health care, adult learning classes, development projects, language classes, crisis assistance, etc.    These programs are done with genuine love and a sincere desire to help people improve the quality of their lives or to assist them in times of crisis. Due to the fact that SOS is surrounded by an impoverished community, many have not received an adequate education to effectively and efficiently care for their lives and families. Many are not be able to read or do basic math. Some may not know proper farming principles for feeding their families a balanced diet. Others may not be educated with basic preventative health measures, etc.  By providing a few essential truths, SOS is empowering the people in their community. SOS believes that through holistically empowering their community in such practical ways, they may demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ and thus win an opportunity to introduce the great news that Jesus Christ offers.

How is SOS faithfully pointing their community to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church?  Within every one of their social activities and empowerment programs offered, SOS is committed to faithfully applying particular Christ-pointing initiatives.  Some of these Christ-pointing initiatives consist of offering every activity/program wrapped in a spirit of love, a heart of service, a commitment to impartiality, with a bold declaration that Jesus Christ is the motivation, followed by an invitation to attend our local church activities.  In a spirit of humility and gentleness, SOS desires Jesus Christ to receive the glory for all that is done, because they know that apart from Christ’s ongoing work of grace within each person, none of these expressions of love would be possible.  They also, in a spirit of urgency, want to use every opportunity to point people to the greatness of God and the joy of His rule, so that they  might experience the transforming power of God through the gospel.

We are committed to loving mentorship through exemplifying humble submission to all that Christ has commanded

Matthew 28:19-20

Ministry of Legacy Christian Academy

One of the greatest values in Uganda is quality education, because in the mind of the African community, education provides opportunity and hope of a better future.  The problem is, however, that quality education costs money, which is close to non-existent within rural village communities.  Therefore, quality education in a rural community is extremely rare, and results in either parents not sending their children to school or in family members pulling their little resources together to send children to a city boarding school, thus abrogating their God-given parental responsibilities.  As a result, quality education within a rural village setting is one of Uganda’s greatest needs.

To meet this need, SOS has established the ministry of Legacy Christian Academy.  The objective statement of this ministry is, “to disciple our community by providing a Christ-centered, high quality, kindergarten and primary education, in a loving and professional environment, that develops students academically, socially, morally, and spiritually to make an impact in their home, community, and nation.” Legacy Christian Academy is a Christ-centered, high quality, kindergarten and primary education.  In American terms, this means that they offer education for kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade—an education that centers around the person, work, and truth of Jesus Christ, while pursuing lofty educational standards.

Due to the fact that Uganda has a long history of anti-God roots, many of the values and morals that have historically made the American society so wonderful and prosperous are non-existent.  Unlike in America, traditionally, the family unit in Uganda is rare to find.  Most couples are not married, but only come together temporarily.  Consequently, children are often abandoned or neglected, and are passed on to their aged grandparents or relatives.  In most situations, children end up raising themselves and receive their values from their peers.  SOS, through its many ministries, is working hard to change this family outcome.  It is their prayer that one day the family, in accordance with God’s design, becomes the means through which God’s glorious values and morals are passed on to the children and society. Until such a day, the education of Legacy Christain Academy will supplement the family by passionately and holistically developing the children of their community in four key areas: 1) Academically. 2) Socially. 3) Morally. 4) Spiritually.

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How is LCA training their children academically? SOS’s Legacy Christian Academy is using an American/Ugandan integrated teaching curriculum.  For example, LCA’s ratio of student to teacher is 12:1. We use computers, rotational learning stations, and American disciplinary measures.  Our curriculum is also hybrid of American and Ugandan materials.  LCA uses Horizon Math, Shurley English, Alpha and Omega Reading, together with Uganda Social Studies and Christian Religious Education.  SOS wants to give them high quality education that meets US and Ugandan standards, making sure the education is effective and practical to the Ugandan context, but not compromising worldwide academic standards.  Furthermore, SOS wants these children to be able to pass the Ugandan standardized tests (PLE – Primary Leaving Examination), which is given to all Ugandan students by the Uganda National Examination Board.

How is LCA training their children socially? Many of the children, due to carelessness in their upbringing, are not molded in proper social practices.  So from the time a child is in kindergarten, LCA begins to practice some basic social practices, such as, brushing teeth, washing hands, proper greetings, and coming to school on time.  As children get older, LCA seeks to educate them on body hygiene, shaving, proper feminine products, public speaking, etc.  Our desire is not to make Legacy students American, but to make sure that they are respectable Ugandans, capable of handling themselves in any situation.

How is LCA training their children morally? The children are given a character trait to study once a month.  Throughout the whole month, teachers will emphasize that trait and verbally honor children who are reflecting it.  These character traits are age-appropriate, but focus on helping the children understand what is proper moral behavior from improper, according to God’s Word.  These traits can consist of things such as generosity, kindness, attentiveness, truthfulness, etc.  These traits are also discussed in chapel and in Bible class. LCA also holds its teachers to a high moral standard to ensure that they are modeling the type of moral character they expect from their pupils.

How is LCA training their children spiritually? When SOS posts the name Legacy CHRISTIAN Academy, it  is because they are serious about it being genuinely Christian.  This means that Jesus Christ is talked about everyday and in every classroom.  He is the center of everything they do, say, and teach.  Their children have Bible class daily, chapel two times weekly, and every teacher is a follower of Jesus Christ.  LCA makes great efforts to disciple both the teachers and students, through spiritual retreats, Bible studies, and by encouraging them to become a member of their local church.

The primary goal of training at Legacy Christian Academy in these four areas is so that they may see their students discipled to follow after Jesus Christ so that they may make an impact in their home, community, and nation.  Legacy Christian Academy has a mission…that every child in their community (to which LCA is exclusively offered) has the ability to read, write, and think, thus, being able to know, love, and follow after Jesus Christ.  Too many people throughout Africa are told to love Christ, but don’t have the ability to effectively read or think through God’s Word for themselves. Through Legacy Christain Academy, SOS wants to make sure that is not the case. SOS has the belief that through the impact of even one Legacy student, a family can be changed which could lead to a community being changed, and even a nation being changed.