Church Leaders Urged to Embrace Spiritual Service, Not Material Gain

KAMPALA ,(UG)-The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Dr. Samuel Steven Kaziimba Mugalu, has condemned the pursuit of leadership positions in the church with the intention of acquiring material wealth.

He made the remarks today while delivering his Christmas message to Ugandans from his residence in Namirembe, in the capital Kampala.

Archbishop Kaziimba emphasized that Christians should avoid mirroring the mindset of the secular world, where they believe electing a leader from their community will magically solve their problems, and clarified that church leadership is not a path to earthly gain, as some mistakenly believe, but a call to spiritual service.

Dr. Kaziimba castigated greed that has taken over hearts of many Ugandans, noting that that the same has continued to fuel corruption and criminality in the country. Quoting Philippians 2:6-7, he asked leaders to follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

The Archbishop also urged both church leaders and believers to place their trust in God, and not in human beings, for solutions to their difficulties, as they commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and are ushered into the new year.