Many churches in Africa lack properly trained leadership. It is a major priority of the mission to engage in theological training so that our partner churches are equipped with pastors who in their theology and practice are firmly rooted in God’s word.
Theological education is a strategic ministry. The developing Church faces a variety of challenges ranging from Animism to Islam as well as sub–Christian cults and sects. Leaders need to be trained so the Church can be equipped to respond to these challenges with sound doctrine. It is also a challenge to appropriately contextualise theology within the African culture.
“Throughout Africa Colleges are crying out for qualified, committed staff who are able to correctly handle the Word of God and who are equipped to teach the truth and fundamentals of Christianity.”
- Former Principal, theological college in Nigeria.
Bible teaching has been a priority for Mission Africa since its very early days. After founding and running several colleges, we have now handed over the ownership of these colleges to the local church. However, we are still very active in supporting the work of these colleges by:
- Providing suitably trained staff to teach – Mission Africa currently has theological lecturers at four colleges in Nigeria (see website for more information)
- Running student sponsorship programmes – this enables individuals to sponsor pastors who would otherwise not be able to afford to study
- Assisting the colleges to develop their facilities – in recent projects Mission Africa has provided financial support to upgrade college buildings, wells, libraries and computer facilities.
Theological education and Christian ministry depends on the availability of good quality books. For this reason, Mission Africa was instrumental in the founding of Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS) and still provides long–term missionaries to help manage this strategic work.
- ACTS imports and prints Christian books and distributes these to hundreds of bible colleges and bookshops throughout Nigeria.
- ACTS recently expanded into another influential African hub – Kenya.
- ACTS is also very active as a publisher, supporting Africans to write culturally relevant books which can be distributed widely at affordable prices.