Malawi Council of Churches leadership to seek new mandate

Next month the board of directors for Malawi’s biggest Christian church movement, the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), will re-seek mandate to continue with the affairs of the main protestant body.

A notice from the Council  reads: ‘As a constitutional requirement, the Malawi Council of Churches will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to review key Council documents as well as give new mandate to the administration and leadership of the Council.’

“As we all may be aware, there are a lot of contemporary challenges affecting our country, Malawi, and the AGM will offer an opportunity for the church leadership to also pray for the situation at hand. Discussion of strategic issues affecting the Council and re-institution of new mandate in its leadership will formulate part of the agenda,” says the notice signed by its General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Osborne Joda-Mbewe.

MCC leadership: Rev Dr Joda Mbewe (L) and Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe the current leadership of MCC

The Council, which was established in 1942 with the main objective of human transformation following the image of Jesus Christ, promoting holistic development, and fostering unity peace, justice and love amongst the human race, is challenging its member churches to send two delegates each for the indaba, which has taken a long time without taking place per its constitution.

“In this regard,” adds the notice of its objectives, ” the MCC provides a united witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nation and it offers a united approach towards the government and serves as the voice of the church on national and international issues.”

The Council has 24 Christian Member Churches across the country and 12 para-Church organisations/affiliates.

The indaba, which takes place next month from 13th to 16th at Hippo Lodge in Liwonde, is calling on member churches to send two delegates each; a Moderator and a General Secretary, or a Bishop and a Diocesan Secretary, or a Major and a Secretary whose participation should be confirmed through its secretariat in the capital city, Lilongwe, by Wednesday 31st October 2012.

“Being a gathering of Heads of Churches, please bring along Bibles to be used during Morning Devotions and Prayers Sessions through the period. The Malawi Council of Churches also wishes to mobilise all member churches and the general public to pray for the success of this important event,” adds the notice sourced by Nyasa Times.

 The Council’s vision is ‘to be a fellowship of churches which is committed, faithful, transparent, accountable and financially sustainable in the advancement of God’s mission, transforming humanity after the image of Christ, promoting holistic human development and fostering communities in communion of peace, justice and love’, and themission statement is ‘to promote and proclaim the kingdom, foster cooperation and unity among member churches and advocate for meaningful and blessed development’.

Delegates invited from its member churches are from the Church of Central Africa Presbytery – Blantyre Synod,Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire, Providence Industrial Mission,  Independent Baptist Convention,   African Methodist Episcopal Church, Church of Central Africa Presbytery – Livingstonia Synod, Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi,Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malawi, Free Methodist Church and Churches of Christ.

Others are from Church of the Nazarene, Zambezi Evangelical Church, Africa Evangelical Church, Evangelical Church of Malawi, Central African Conference of Seventh Day Baptist, Baptist Convention of Malawi, Salvation Army, Church of Central Africa Presbytery – Nkhoma Synod,Anglican Diocesan of Northern Malawi, Church of Africa Presbyterian, Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi, Moravian Church in Malawi Mission Province, Pentecostal Assemblies of Malawi, and the United Methodist Church.

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