Mission - Companion Links

Diocese of Southern Nyanza - The Anglican Church of Kenya

Companion Diocesan Links have been a means of developing relationships and mutual partnership in mission throughout the dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Communion for many years. The Diocese of Southern Nyanza - The Anglican Church of Kenya is seeking a new link and has given information on the diocese below. If your diocese is interested in forming a link with them please respond directly to the Bishop.

To understand more of Anglican Diocesan Links please go to Guidelines for Companion Link Relationships

Province: Anglican Church of Kenya
Diocese: The Diocese of Southern Nyanza
Bishop: The Rt Revd James Kenneth Ochiel
Address: PO Box 65
Homa Bay
Telephone: +254-59-22054
Email: acksnyanza@swiftkenya.com

Brief history of Diocese:

The Diocese of Nyanza was one of the Kenyan dioceses evangelised by indigenous people. It was founded in 1993. The Diocese covers an area of 10,003 km2 with a membership of 11,000 people including children and adults. The current Bishop is the second since the founding of the Diocese. It is composed of more than 4 different ethnic communities with varied cultural and religion inclinations. There are 21 Parishes and 160 congregations scattered all over the vast region. Some congregations are small as the size of a household i.e. 5-7 people.

Any previous or existing Links:


Reason for wanting a Link:

Forge partnership that would enhance cross-fertilisation of cultures, theology for mission and social transformation of the people.

What expectations you have of the Link?

Mutual agreement on common agenda. The link should encourage a synergistic relationship where strengths and capacities are shared for enhancing the mission of the Church.

What part of the world you would like your Link to be?

Both North and South.

Describe the style and patterns of church life and ministry in your diocese.

The ministry in the Diocese encourages spiritual, social and economic transformation of communities. This is guided by a strategic plan for year 2003-2010, which provides framework and focus on various strategic tasks and activities. There is emphasis on outreach, care and support for the vulnerable, household wealth creation, economic activities for mission, indigenisation of worship within the context of the world wide Anglican liturgy, in house leadership development for lay and clergy.

Would you like your Link diocese to reflect or contrast with the pattern described above?

Similarities or differences in the communion are our strength as there is always something to share.


Signature of Bishop: Signed   Date: 14 September 2004