CCAP crisis: Time for United Presbyterian Church

The recent developments within Livingstonia Synod and broadly in Blantyre and Nkhoma Synods of the CCAP may be showing need for a new church, United Presbyterian Church (my proposal)! In the early 90’s there were issues over being born again and then the Presbyterian Church in Malawi was born.

President Prof.Peter Mutharika in a group photo with the leaders of Nkhoma synod at Kamuzu Palace - Pic by Stanley Makuti

President Prof.Peter Mutharika in a group photo with the leaders of Nkhoma synod at Kamuzu Palace – Pic by Stanley Makuti

The boundary feud between Livingstonia and Nkhoma Synods carried its face in the last decade to a point where now NKhoma and Livingstonia Synods are still nursing the effects of “encroaching” into each other’s zones.

Nkhoma Synod has had its issues with some ministers feeling “left out.” Blantyre Synod is fresh in the news over coming elections with some candidates “being sponsored” from State House which also was not happy with a “correct” rebuke by a Prison Chaplain.

Yes these synods have many members who are innocent and possibly angry at the realities both on the ground and the surface.Those who have followed the church events will agree that none of the issues making news now are any new. They started years ago. As they come out now, it may simply be an issue of “enough is enough!”

A few weeks ago on my Facebook page, I joked about CCAP Members saying only if they knew how the name CCAP came about, they would not be silent. Wasn’t it at first meant simply to be Church of Central Africa,…? Please note the comma and the dots. I stand to be corrected.

There are ministers who may be genuine in their ministry yet they are being distracted by their leaders. There also members who genuinely love God and want to see Godly impact in Malawi and beyond yet their church systems and leadership frustrates them. Unfortunately most may have good reasons for staying in the same church “till death do us part” therefore they cry silently.

But these developments may be showing need for a United Presbyterian Church (UPC) where ministers will not have to be from Nkhoma Synod only to speak Chichewa, only from Livingstonia Synod to preach and sing in Chitumbuka and one will not have to claim that their ministry is to the Alomwe because they are from Blantyre Synod.

So it may be that this needs a pioneer and we may soon see many ordained ministers from these Synods come out in the open and join the United Presbyterian Church. I imagine the changes that CCAP in general may have to undergo. Any challenging developments make these churches adjust, often for the good. May be God is saying something to the CCAP members.

Undeniably CCAP regardless of the Synods is a mainline church out of which many new churches were born and are growing. It lost the members as the people migrated to the new ones.

Personally, my spiritual, civilian, professional and Christian life owe a lot to the CCAP. It is a church that is in my prayers and thoughts. It breaks my heart to hear and see what is happening.

What encourages me is that the Body of Christ has never and will never be defeated. These feuds may be there, changes may or may not be made BUT those who fear God will keep carrying God’s glory till Christ comes.

If you are a CCAP member, this is meant to encourage you to know that God is in control and keep praying for your church and the ministers especially. All of them might actually just be doing God’s will!

These are both my low and loud thoughts.

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52 thoughts on “CCAP crisis: Time for United Presbyterian Church”

  1. Andugi says:

    I fully suport comment #30 by GRM. He is speaking the truth. No single Mbusa can say that I will start my own church just coz he is deceived by anthu (christians). Just bear in mind that those christians are deceiving you. Go and start your own church and see if those poeple will follow you. Bear in mind that you can not FORCE people to follow you. Chi Christu ndi mu mtima

  2. Wodala says:

    Victor Kaonga, the writer, take note that Blantyre Synod does not belong to the lhlomwes, u can’t find any church under it preaching in lhomwe language.What’s wrong with Mr Kaonga?

  3. Edmund says:

    The writer needs thumbs up to ignite such a wonderful debate. God guided you. The Church needs to be seen to be source of Love, Peace, and Unity . The Church preaches a lot on these issues but fail to demonstrate the same to its followers. We see greed in the manner church resources are used. We seed no love when appointments are being made often based on bias. We see divisions created among followers to secure leadership positions. These are the least that is expected from an institution like a church. As a CCAP we need a retreat so we can reflect on why we exist as a church. Lets find out what made us what we are today. Let us have a dedicated prayer and God will solve our problem. I do not believe a simple name change will solve our problem . It will need to be a change of our hearts when we shall stop thinking of church for Tumbukas, Chewas or Lhomwes. God does not even know these tribes , leaders or followers but knows how to separate the riteous from the evil – basi !

  4. kawonga says:

    i dont see the reason why the tensions exist in the name of almighty God.christ has and will never be defeated. Let our pastoralship be done acording to the spirit not flesh. To go deep into the bone of contention we may discover the following contributing factors.jeolousy, Nepotism and selfishnes. Am not a presbeterian but i do salute how mhango uplift the economical and spiritual status of the kanengo congregation. A transfer to mzimba wasnt a right move altho he promised to follow suit. The nkhoma and livingstonia , please lets show love and peace to each other. Lets avoid leaving black spots to the image of the church .am concerned

  5. Skinner says:

    Where is our mighty CCAP is going?Lets shame the devil tisalole satana to divide us.My fellow church members lets unite & pray to our Lord to bring back UNITY especially to our leaders.Remember united we stand divided we fall.

  6. Straight Talk says:

    O it sounds that u the writer does understand. U dont understand that its a wave of the devil want to divide but the strongest shall remain. Christian churches were/are inspired by God to do will of God but the devil is there attempting its members with money, positions, jelousy etc to breakaway the congregants. What we need is not the united presybterian church thing. If u can scrutinise properly the UPC is equal to CCAP encampassing Scoltland, Dutch and free church namely Blantyre, Nkhoma and Livingstonia Harare, Lusaka. All we need is Christ leadership and deeds to continue amongest members that devil should have no chance. However let not judge each other here nobody has been in tourch with God that has rt ans to these equations. At this point in time nobody is rt. Break away is health as long as long as they do the will of God. Za mulungu amenyera yekha. Gudlucky Rev Muhango koma ife ndiye nganga sitipempherera mbusa

  7. Pharula says:

    Our Lord JESUS did not leave us to guess which is a true church. You will know them by their fruits.Brethren what other warning do you want to hear that this is not the church which our Creator established. Let’s wake from our slamber.

  8. You must know!!!!!! says:

    The best way is to pray for the pastors administering these churches because most of them are professional pastors, spiritualists. Some joined pastorship as refuge becos their career were doomed. There are alot of corruption and political beckering in these CCAP churches. Their leaders are so selfish. How do you expect the church to grow in this respect. I think the soulution is that GVT shud revoke the linsences belonging to CCAP Churches so that they re-register only upon satisyfing certain conditions. Though some may argue to say the church doesnot belong to GVT but to GOD.However, for purpose of sanity , this could be a necessary evil. Some church leadership is emberassing indeed. If church leadership behaves in this way, how do you expect gvt leadership? This is chaos. I pray that our church leaders’ faith will not fail. God intervention to my church leaders in CCAP

  9. karonga bby says:

    these so called churches i dont know whether they are serving GOD or satan. they have just been reduced to mere political groupings and fund raisers. take a good example of SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST PLZ

    1. Musandisekese says:

      what/ the ALDUTERANCE 7th Day?

  10. gerald says:

    Fellow brothers and sisters,the most important thing is to die knowing Jesus christ as your Lord and personaal saviour and not what i see nowadays stickers on cars in houses or shops saying ‘born presbyterian die presbyterian’ or ‘Iam Catholic and proud’ or ‘ Iam a proud Maslem’.these are just a waste of time.ur churches are indeed important in ushering you on a good path to get to heaven but the most important aspect is your personnal relationship with the son of God Lord Jesus Christ.he is the only way to Heaven.

  11. chpiapwiche says:

    I wholly support the views of the author, I was born presbeterian and will remain till my D day

  12. kwekwezi says:

    I WILL NEVER FORGET THE EVILS WHICH THE LEADERSHIP OF CCAP NKHOMA SYNOD DID TO MY FATHER! MULUNGU AKUKANTHENI ANTHU ADYERA INU!!!

  13. Z Z Junior says:

    This is one of the stupidest articles I have red my entire life. it has no substance whatsoever. the writer has failed to articulate the problem within Livingstonia Synod which is the Kanengo church itself. By failing to point out the root cause of the so called problem within the church the writer has demonstrated his ignorance of the church therefore he is not the best person to comment of church issues. He even insinuate that Blantyre synod is for the Lhomwes, that’s a mark of tribalism in this writer view of the church. And how many Pentecostal churches have flourished? the writer sounds like he is a frustrated being which is not surprising as the case with many Pentecostal church members.

  14. Chawanangwa Mlori says:

    IT IS WORRISOME THAT THE STORM IS IMPACTING THE CHURCH THIS BAD AND THERE SEEMS TO BE NO AMICABLE RESOLUTIONS. BUT AS A PERSON I CAN ONLY SEE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM OF 1. SELFISHNESS AND GREEDY. 2 TRIBALISM AND REGIONALISM.
    3. PEOPLE IN THE LEADERSHIP NOW FOCUS ON THE WORK WHICH IS SECONDARY IN THE
    MINISTRY INCLUDING BE ATTACHED TO PROJECTS THAT MAY ATTRACT REASONABLE INCOME OR FAME. ,NEGLECTING THE PRIMARY WORK OF THE SHARING THE WORD.
    IN SUCH A SCENARIO IFEVEN IF YOU CAME UP WITH A NAME THIS PROBLEM WILL STILL SAPPEAR

  15. Atopitopi ali konko says:

    You fool what cant you just say Rev Chimwemwe Mhago start the United Presbyterian Church?

  16. mwagwanayo says:

    Koma atumbuka uchitsilu inu, simukuchita manyazi kumayambana muli mu territory ya Nkhoma. Amenewo ndiwo atumbukatu mwawaona, ananyoza nkhoma, adadzalowa mu territory ya nkhoma, akuyambananso okhaokha. Chimwemwe Muhangoyo sakufuna kukakhala ku midzi kwawo ku mpoto akunjoya kuno kwathu ku central region. Limeneri ndiro vuto la ankhwere amenewa, more over Livingstonia Synod id aan earthly political club osati a spiritual gathering ayi. Nyondo sipaja wakhala ukunyoza boma ndi nkhoma synod nanga iwe Livingstonia synod yomweyi kwa eni ake mwayambanso kuukilana. Livingstonia Synod idzakhala nkhuni zosonkhezera otayika onse ku jehena. Atumbuka kununkha pamalo paliponse akhalapo. Pita kwanu ndiko muzikakanganilana ife ndife a mtendere kwathu kuno. Chimwemwe Muhango ulaliki wake ndiwongoyamikila Linda mu Kachisi kuti ndiwokongola. Akazi okongola achulukilenji koma amuna awo amawauzila paokha osati mu church basi kukhalira kumvera za Linda basi anthui a mumpingowo muli lero tinakhapemphera, mumasewera ndi mau a Mulungu atumbuka inu. Dziko lino simudzalamulilako ayi palibe munthu amee angavotere agalu, anthu odzikonda inu, koma inu mukadativotera ife a kumwera ndi pakati chipani chanu cha afford chidatha ngati sanza.

  17. The Slave of Christ says:

    Its time for both clergy and laity to think deeply about these developments, change some traditions and accomandate the views of the pple.

  18. organisation difficulties

  19. Wandiputa says:

    Born Presbyterian, grown Presbyterian, to die Presbyterian.

  20. GRM says:

    I am catholic. I am certain, no amount of disagreement can destroy CCAP, Catholic or Anglican churches. These are mainstream churches and are not built on one prophet. When Kambalazaza was forming his church he thought all the Mangochi diocese will follow him. He got none from Mangochi but unsuspecting confused people in Blantyre. When PCM was forming people said CCAP is gone but just look around. Mpingo ndi anthu tonse osati munthu mmodzi ngati Chimwemwe Mhango. Abusawa achenjere asagwe mu chinyengo.

  21. volvo says:

    Asiyeni ayambise mpingo wawo,koma aziwe kuti Mulungu sakondwela nawo,zikuonesa kuti alindizifukwa ku mpingo achokawo,Mulungu safuna kuti muthu akhale ndi zifukwa ndi mzake ndi ntchimo lalikulu, one livingstonia for ever, sizanuzoyi za anthu azifukwanu,Kampingo mukuyambisa kaya nde kazintchedwa chani

  22. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Misguided advice, and not really a well thought of idea.
    Many of us who are/were CCAP members know that these 3 synods are NOT “birds of a feather”. They are different culturally (tribally?), linguistically and even in “origin”. Furthermore, to say “…one will not have to claim that their ministry is to the Alomwe because they are from the Blantyre Synod.” is preposterous, and misrepresenting the truth: which is that while Livingstonia preaches in Chitumbuka, Nkhoma in Chichewa, as pointed out, Blantyre does not preach in elhomwe, even in the aLhomwe belt. No regrets there at all, but just as a point of fact. Elhomwe is preached only in Mozambique, and believers can listen to the Lord’s word on radio, in elhomwe, even in Malawi.
    Amalgamation will just be a grand formula for quick disaster. These 3 synods have way too many differences compaired to similarities.
    Of course, there is nothing to stop anybody from starting a movement to form a so-called united church, from scratch. And good luck with that.

  23. Bongololo says:

    The only reason people belong to a church is that when they die a large gathering complete with preachers and choirs should be present at their funeral. Other than that I don’t see a convincing reason to belong to a church.

  24. Kenkkk says:

    I agree with the writer and personally I have absolutely no intention of leaving CCAP, for what reasons? CCAP will forever ever remain so, people or abusa can come and go but ccap is nga nga forever alive. That is why I don’t support what rev mhango has done regardless of whether or not the synod executive is right or wrong. I feel sorry for the Kanengo church to be so wrongly and blindly being misled by rev Mhango, breaking the church for what reasons brothers and sisters in Christ. Are you following God or Mhango? What Mhango has done is insubordination, does God want such behaviour even when your elders are perceived to have done something wrong? God will judge the elders but you go where you are being sent to spread the Good News.

    The word of God has no boundaries, it has to be preached everywhere regardless of these stupid synod divisions based on political or geographical boundaries. The Good News has no boundaries. When I go to Blantyre I pray in the BT Synod, when I go to Lilongwe I pray in the Nkhoma Synod and when I am in the North I pray in the Livingstonia Synod, I just don’t care about these synod divisions, I am only after the Good News!!!

    If someone cares about these divisions, then you know he or she is not after God but something else such as perpetuating tribalism and corruption in the church. So I urge ccap congregations in the country to unite and praise the Lord.

    CCAP FOR EVER.

  25. Mopiiya m says:

    Mr Victor Kawonga I don’t agree with your observation the problem with Livingstonia Synod Kanengo congregation is because of greed for money just like the encroachment of Livingstonia Synod in the Nkhoma ,another disaster in the waiting is the Livingstonia area 47 church ,as it is the cash cow very soon it will disintegrate because of the same reason of greed for money.
    Therefore in conclusion I can say that all these differences are not coming because. Of different ideologies but because of money hence I don’t see the formation Ogden UPC as the answer .there is talk that God is angry with Livingstonia for encroachment and refusal of dialogue with Nkhoma which is causing these mayhems .

  26. maurrice says:

    UPC will make a good congretion and i will be one of its ministers kkkkkk lets meet and start it

  27. Mbanangwa says:

    ‘5’ blessings lipengs, the most useless creature thou art, moving headlong, probably of Taliban descent. You do not know what you are talking about. Why bring in the a Catholic Church in this CCAP feud? Shut up your proboscis that is stinking rotten -fish. The most ignoble person, you hate the Catholic Church. I love m church founded on the Apostles, Peter to be specific, the first pope whether you like it or not. You will never alter history your brainwashed things.

  28. wamahala palije says:

    I totally agree with most commentators that only Jesus can solve the problems within christian gathering centres. Unfortunately our church leaders have become knights. Afika poti azipembezedwanso ngati Mulungu. Let me just warn such leaders that they are put in those leadership positions by the same people they are persecuting today. Mind you Nyondo’s tenure of office finishes in 2016 and he will be trimmed to right size.

  29. yet they sometimes advice government on national issues. Mlingo womwe umayezera nzako,umadzakuyeza wekha.

  30. golo says:

    The problem these days is that the CCAP Church administration has become so political that its difficult for them to focus on spiritual affairs.

  31. mphaka says:

    That is why God is not ready now to come.Pastors have lost God’s calling.

  32. Tiyanjane says:

    Eye opener and a good preamble to a needed in-depth look into each Synod to unearth their purposes (for their Christians), their understanding and interpretation of Christ’s Mission (calling), their fears of fellow Synods, their duty to mankind/country etc.

  33. chakhalira says:

    There is No other name that would change these feuds except the name of Jesus Christ! Period!!!!!
    United Presbyterian, CCAP, RCZ, DRC, Assemblies of God, Deeper Life, True Revival, …………………..etc have NO capacity to change anyone and anything.

    I strongly believe that if these fellow CCAP members ( Reverends and Church Members ) only read the Thesis of Mission and Church in Malawi with emphasis on History of the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian by Christoff Martin Pauw from 1889 – 1962, just to have an insight, I wonder if we could still be quarreling over these petty issues. It is a matter of purpose!

    My Brother take it from me this clearly shows that the current administration has lost focus on the vision. In as early as 1992 these feuds were there. It took one Old Respected Reverend when they met at Msambe Catholic Centre, Lilongwe to defuse the tempers. I remember the young GS of Livingstonia at that time said, I quote ” A Dada vibanthu ivi vyakusuzga, tilekanepo waka!) and the Wise Dada, Man of God, simply said, I quote ” Nthena yayi!. These two people without mentioning their names are alive they can testify. You need some one who can say ” Nthena Yayi!’ This calls for revival in the entire CCAP, trace back the vision of our Fore Fathers of Faith in The Lord Jesus Christ!

    As you have lightly said there are Men of God in CCAP, even Now whose focus is to see the Sinner Repent and enjoy the Love of God. I can believe that God is Shaking it yet once again to see those who are strong. The weak are falling knowingly or unknowingly.

    May God help us NOT to be drifted by the desires of our fresh!

    May He Bind Us together with the Cords of Love!

    It needs some one called by the Almighty God, Fully Dead to the desires and lusts of the world and washed and cleansed by the Blood of Jesus.

  34. Dickson Chonongera says:

    If only we avoid bringing in imaginable personal and regional gains into the CCAP, we would not only remain a unite Christian Community, but a spiritual religious group based on our principle fundamental values.

  35. william chimwezi says:

    Those who will inherit the kingdom of God are not those who ignored CCAP, but he/she who does the will of God.Stop critics, but rather pray for others to be saved

  36. Sad Huss Mthunzi-wa-Bowa says:

    Some Church Pastors of CCAP want autonomy to operate without the Central Office just like most of the Pentecostal Churches that have only one prayer house and one Prophet as leader

  37. nyavizwazwa says:

    There is truth in that the church is more than just a gathering. There is also truth that the missionary came to africa to teach civilization and sociolization amongst people becoz of slavery among africans. This continent must be saved. If Christ will be accepted in Africa all these attrocities and ill treatment will not be there. Love will take it cover the whole of africa. every man will treat another man with dignity. so african will be saved.

  38. George Lihoma says:

    I don’t understand some individuals; they seem to write sense comments on spirituality but conceal their names.
    Opanga manyazi ndi dzina la Yehova, Yesu adzachita nawo manyazi.
    Proudly conservative practicing Catholic.

  39. Dankhanyo Wa Dankhanyo says:

    It’s very sad to see these circus inside the Church. Satan is really enjoying what he sees now. But as the Author has put it already, the body of Jesus will never break down. It will survive forever!

    Our leaders have failed us completely. They are like the Pharisees of the days of Jesus. They don’t want to serve, but to be served.

  40. Namihavani says:

    Kaya Nyondo akumva zimenezi kaya mxxiiii am next am leaving this church

  41. Lupanga says:

    Dont confuse Livingstonia Synod with da whole cool bodmus of CCAP.

  42. kelvin kalima says:

    These churches ve created very bad impressions to the christian community in case they don’t know!

  43. Mtumbuka-07 says:

    May ze gd Lord ve mercies on ur pipo 4 them 2 b united.

  44. tuvi says:

    you are a good writer, fctual and straight to the point

    1. Be sensible says:

      This is indeed just your opinion. Unfortunately, it is very stupid opinion in every sense. You should make a very good study of Ecclesiology and learn the definition of Church before you make your lack of knowledge and stupidity public.

  45. blessing lipengs says:

    unfortunately ccap,Roman Catholic, Anglican stopped to be churches hundreds of years ago .the only difference between them and political parties is that they use the bible.the above churches have committed so many atrocities in the world.the founders of the above churches were not Christians but missionaries sent by government’s to plunder Africa .Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. they only have a very good organizational structure that is good for poor Malawians on social ills we face but not about heaven. The question is , is a Roman Catholic or CCAp a church ?the answer is a big no .nkhoma and Livingstonia are just like political parties and the politians feed on them to maintain power.just my opinion

    1. Be sensible says:

      Blessings alipengs, this is indeed your personal opinion. Unfortunately, it is the most stupid opinion of all. Your comment is far away from the good point the author is making here. You should make an effort to study Ecclesiology and learn the definition of Church before you make your dullness public.

  46. shaaaa! says:

    kodi mipingoyi ndiosiyana koma dzina ndi limodzi eti.kkkkkkkkkkkk

  47. you too says:

    You are right that almost all Pentecostal churches came from CCAP but today it still remains as strong and still growing. PCM is the most direct off shoot of CCAP but how Malawians know about it’s existence? Let people leave CCAP if they so wish they won’t be the first neither shall they be the last and our Church shall continue to grow

  48. Emmatuwa says:

    united good idea

  49. ken mwambo says:

    The politics in CCAP is the beginning of the colapse of the once respected church.

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