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Participants in the CAPA Bishops' Training
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Fourteenth CAPA Bishops' Training
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September 24, 2007

[CAPA - Africa] The 14th Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) Bishops' Training was hosted by the Anglican Church of Kenya at the ACK St. Julian's Centre Limuru from the 3rd to 14th September 2007. The two weeks' training brought together 12 newly consecrated Anglican bishops from West Africa, Congo, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

The training was officially opened on 4th September 2007 by the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, the Primate of Kenya, who is also the Acting CAPA General Secretary. In his opening speech he stressed the importance of the training and mentioned that he also underwent a similar training at the same venue 21 years ago.

The bishops are a powerful resource and tool for conveying information and imparting knowledge besides the traditional vocation of service and evangelisation. They are also the leaders in constant contact with the flock, who comprise a majority of Christian adherents in Africa.

However, the bishops cannot convey the information or impart the knowledge if they themselves are not empowered. One way of empowering them is by training them to understand the dynamism and the content of the information or knowledge. In addition, besides being conversant with trends and issues prevailing in the Church and the community, the bishops should be at a vantage position to understand and interpret the information accurately.

CAPA Bishops' Training is therefore an attempt to instil in the bishops appropriate information and viewpoints that are necessary for them to interpret, understand and initiate practical activities to address problems prevailing in the Church, the community and the nation in general.

The main purpose of the training is to empower and challenge church leaders to initiate grassroots activities as well as ensuring that the communities participate in initiatives to improve their situation and the lifestyles of the local people.

The topics covered included:
1. Transformational Leadership
2. Bishops in the Anglican Church
3. Ecumenism Networks
4. Church and State
5. HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria
6. Resource Mobilization
7. Budgets and Budgetary Control
8. Developing a Strategic Plan
9. Human Resource Management
10. Church Administration
11. ICT and Media Influence
12. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
13. Financial Management
14. Micro-enterprise Development
15. The Role of the Church in Millennium Development Goals

The training was officially concluded on 13th September 2007 by Archbishop Nzimbi, and certificates were issued to all participants.