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Nairobi to host continental evangelism conference
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040402-4
April 2, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] Mission and evangelism coordinators, clergy and lay representatives from all the 12 CAPA Provinces and Diocese of Egypt gather in Nairobi from Easter Monday, April 12th, to April 16th to strategise on how to develop mission work in Africa.

The conference theme is “Transforming Mission: Taking your place in mission in God’s world,” and will be officially opened by Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop, Benjamin Nzimbi, and later addressed by CAPA Primates on April 13th.

The meeting, which is jointly hosted by CAPA and Church Mission Society (CMS), is significant particularly because it comes at a time when the Church in Africa is engaged in the human sexuality debate and can easily loose focus on spreading the gospel, which is the primary mission of the Church.

Besides addresses by CAPA Primates, led by the Chairman Archbishop Peter Akinola, the conference will also be addressed by Marjorie Murphy, the Director of Mission at the Anglican Communion Office in London, Dr Agnes Abuom, the President of the World Council of Churches, African Chapter and Dr Zac Niringiye of CMS Africa Regional Office among other prominent speakers.

The objectives of the conference are:

· To follow up on the Anglican Communion Mission and Evangelism Conferences: the Nairobi Mission Coordinators conference, in 2002 and the Mission Organisations conference held in Cyprus in 2003. This time the focus will be on the Anglican Churches in Africa, and how they can be agents of transforming mission.
· To create ownership of the mission and evangelism agenda by the key players in the Anglican Churches in Africa.
· To foster greater partnership and synergy in Anglican Mission in Africa and beyond
· To develop common vision and goals for mission and evangelism
· To assess the “unfinished work” within Africa and the global mandate
· To encourage efforts of transforming mission by the Church
· To create a database of resources available for transforming mission