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.
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!
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