By Our Writer
Phaneroo Ministries International will be celebrating their seventh anniversary on August 7, 2021. Due to Covid-19 lockdown in the country, this will be a virtual event that will stream live on their social media platforms (Facebook and YouTube) and Urban TV Television and Lighthouse Television. Depending on whom you ask about this ministry that has, in only seven years, confounded expectations, and defied conventional wisdom, you are likely to elicit the polar responses of (a) it is just a flash in the pan riding the current wave of youthful exuberance or (b) a ministry at the heart of an incredible move of God in these defining times. Again, depending on which side of the parapet you are sitting, to get a fair picture of this ministry, you cannot escape asking a few questions: what then is Phaneroo? What is their strategy? What is the secret to their exponential growth? What drives this ministry?
What is Phaneroo?
Phaneroo is a non-denominational faith-based ministry that believes in and fervently teaches on the transformative power of the Word of God. The ministry envisions transforming individuals, nations and the entire world with the Word of God. The ministry’s name is derived from the Greek word that translates as, “to bring forth to manifestation that which exists but is not seen”. For example in Mark 16:17-20, the Bible speaks of miracles, signs and wonders as things that should follow them that believe in God, then as Christians we ought to walk in this truth. Similarly, Bible speaks of the Word of God as a cleanser of men (Ephesians 5:26); thus, we ought to unwaveringly believe that indeed a person can be fully transformed if given the right teaching based on Biblical truths. As the vision bearer of the ministry, Apostle Grace Lubega, puts it, “at Phaneroo we believe in the integrity of the Word of God and as such we labour to raise the holistic Christian – distinctive in the knowledge and wisdom of God and by extension, ably demonstrative of His power”.
God our strategy and secret
In the corporate world, strategy is what underpins the vision of an institution and, thus, determines the tactics/approaches for achieving objectives. In other words, success is hinged on the clarity of strategy and execution thereof. Success, therefore, is not coincidental. Because the Bible is quite categorical on the inherent power of the Word of God to produce results, Phaneroo’s strategy is and has always been to diligently point Christians to this infallible truth. We devoutly teach biblical principles, patterns and laws such that a Christian is equipped to build a personal and intimate relationship with God. This is deeper than just knowing about God, it is knowing Him experientially. Such a one is not merely a good Christian, but also a role model in the community. Their mannerisms, worship, understanding of God, demonstration of His power and the wisdom they exhibit attest to one who knows their God.
God is very deliberate and purposeful in His work and timing. It is, therefore, not coincidental that the inaugural Phaneroo service was held on the August 7, 2014. In Biblical numerology, the numbers seven and eight carry particular spiritual significance: seven is the number of completeness and perfection, while eight signifies a new beginning. In three years, the ministry changed venue four times to accommodate the increasing number of congregants. The inaugural service, at the Theatre Labonita, couldn’t accommodate actual attendance on the day – over 1,000 people crammed into the venue with hundreds on the overflow. The MTN Arena and UMA Multi-purpose halls were not any different; hence, the move to an open-air fellowship at the UMA upper grounds where average attendance was ten thousand persons. “In typical humility, this unprecedented growth can only be attributed to the move of God. We believe God has a covenant with this country and it is His doing that we see a generation of men and women hungry for His Word,” Apostle Lubega says. “God is bottomless, and in these defining times, He is up to something; we cannot rest on our laurels and risk getting content: there is more, we want more; and we believe He shall liberally and lavishly provide for the growth of His church.” He adds that our responsibility to the world, therefore, as a ministry is very simple: preach truth in its purity – and that is exactly what we do every day.