While addressing thousands of congregants at the Big Sunday of St John Apostolic Church of the Whole Word in Warren Park, in Zimbabwe, the founder and leader, Bishop Dr Sydney Mabhiza, said it was now logical for the church to embrace technology and that the establishment of own television channel was imminent.
“We need to move with the times, and I am glad we have already started broadcasting our services on social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. This helps us to connect with our congregants dotted around the globe,” Bishop Mabhiza said.
He then challenged the church leadership to acquire a television license and set 2030 as the year to fulfil the vision.
“Prophet Makandiwa and Magaya have television channels, nothing will stop us from having one, and we will be the first apostolic church to establish a TV channel.
“I am now instructing you, the leadership of this church, to work on a blueprint that will ensure that by 2030 we have an operating television channel. However, before the TV, we have to build a St John House in the capital, which will become the television channel’s home,” added Dr Mabhiza.
Earlier, the church’s head of Information Technology and Publications (ITP), Mr N.R Mariga, chronicled how the church has been able to churn out church programmes and events online and encouraged congregants to subscribe to its YouTube channel.
“The department has been able to broadcast church programmes and all events, including this on our Facebook Page and YouTube channel. This has allowed those in Diaspora to connect virtually when we host our programmes,” Mariga told congregants.