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Anglicans now decide to evangelise more
by Justus Waimiri
 
CAPA 040416-2
April 16, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] “Every Anglican an Evangelist” and “Every Church a New Church.” That was the clarion call after an exciting continental Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) mission and evangelism conference that ended in Nairobi on Friday, April 16.

The conference that brought together over 30 representatives from all the 12 CAPA Provinces and the Diocese of Egypt, resolved to develop and implement clear strategies of how to spread the Gospel and win people to Christ.

Within the next five years, African Provinces will expend adequate resources to mission work, it was decided.

Delegates pointed out that in the past, enough has not been done to encourage mission and evangelism work within the churches, “yet this is the only way we can offer something eternal to the people,” said Father John Kafwanka of the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

The issue of appropriate theological training featured prominently at the meeting, with participants expressing concern that most of the current training did not lay enough emphasis on mission and evangelism.

Revd Canon Helen Oneka of Uganda gave a moving presentation on the role of women in the Church. She was applauded when she challenged men “to give up their insecurity and work with women to build God’s kingdom.”

She gave testimony of how her male colleagues thought she would not make it as a woman priest.

The integration of children and youth into the ministry was also discussed, with delegates expressing concern that youth were leaving the Anglican Church, perhaps because of its “rigid” style of worship.

A full communiqué from the meeting will be issued as soon as it is out.