Looking Ahead

Late last year, Carlile College adopted for the first time a 5-year strategic plan to guide the College's work and efforts. At the centre of this corporate strategy is the growth of the College into a university, which in view of the Kingdom of God, educates for the transformation of African society.This corporate strategy shall be attained through five strategic initiatives revolving around delinking from Concord, attaining university status, expanding physically, operating efficiently and financial viability. Already some exciting things are taking place due to this strategic plan. For example, we have just moved the library from the two rooms within our hostel blocks to the top floor of our former administrative building which we modified into a hall. The hall will be able to accommodate more books and has a seating capacity of up to 100 students (up from 30 previously). What is more, we will soon fully computerize the operations of the library and tap into the benefits of virtual libraries through the World Wide Web. A large library holding and access to virtual libraries will enhance the quality of the education we are able to offer and enable us to offer studies at a higher level.

But there will be major challenges in executing the strategic plan. One such major challenge will be in expanding the College's rather limited physical capacity. We have a master plan for our Jogoo Road campus which we hope to start implementing next year. The implementation of that master plan will be in phases and we estimate that we will need approximately US$3 million to begin implementing the first phase. This amount will not be easy to raise. But we will step out in faith and seek to raise this money through our friends, partners, and organisations who believe in what we are doing here in Kenya; to which I briefly turn now. As an institution we have existed to train evangelists who will excel in the proclamation of the gospel. Those who believe in this gospel experience moral and spiritual transformation. Indeed, when people turn to God through faith in Christ they undergo a transformation; they die to sin (Rom. 6:1-4), have a new nature (Eph. 5:24), are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), have new life (Jn. 1:14), and thereby begin to exhibit a quality of life in keeping with life under God's reign. So, in Christ they start becoming a part of the world which God is bringing about (and which he will bring about absolutely at the end of this age) through redeeming and transforming this world. In other words, the goal of evangelism cannot just be individual transformation, but must also include the transformation of the world.

Accordingly we find as an evangel institution, that offering education for the transformation of the community we inhabit is imperative. Kenya is experiencing a youth bulge of immense social consequences. Unless we seek to morally influence these young people and provide them with attitudes, skills and knowledge for godly, productive, and responsible living, our society is likely to implode. Indeed, we at Church Army's Carlile College who have come to know the love, mercy and goodness of God through his beloved Son cannot sit back when death, injustice, poverty, etc. ravage the world we are a part of. We are contributing to evangelism when we train people to proclaim the Gospel and in line with its goal, engage in training that fights these vices in our efforts to bring about a world God desires, and which is to come. In fact, it is for this reason that we now give as much attention to our School of IT, Business and Social Studies, as we give to our theology schools as we move towards becoming a university.

We hope that you will share our vision and help us realise it, and pray with us thus: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, they Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heavenů"

Dr. Peter Nyende


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