New leadership at Malawi Council of Churches: Renewing the Council’s discourse

Malawi’s influential and respected ecumenical body, the Malawi Council of has Churches (MCC), has new leadership.

Rev Maulana: Noe chair of board of trustees
Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe replaced by Bishop Matonga as general secretary

A two-day General Assembly at the Simama Hotel from 21st February discussed the main protestant Christian Mother Body’s challenges and strides, and elected former vice chairperson, Bishop Fanuel Emmanuel Magangani, as its new Executive Board chairperson.

He replaces Rev. Alex Benson Maulana who has since been elected as the Council’s Board of Trustees chairperson. Rev. Maulana, who is the General Secretary of the Blantyre Synod, replaces Bishop Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.

Bishop Magangani, of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi, said time had come for the Council to reconstruct from its challenges at the turn of economic and other social challenges, which mainly hit the body just before 2014 to date.

“With God who brings us together, the Council envisions itself as OneBody in Jesus Christ moving to meet the needs of the Christian Church and the people that we serve. Pray for us as we take over this great challenge to move forward,” he said in his acceptance speech. His new vice chairperson is Reverend Vasco Kachipapa of the Nkhoma Synod.

The Council has also endorsed acting General Secretary Bishop Dr. Gilford Immanuel Matonga of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Malawi (PAOM), who served it from 2014 to date, as the full General Secretary.

Bishop Matonga asked the new executive board and board of trustees to be committed and dedicated, to support his office and the Secretariat so that the Council fulfils its mandate, meets its vision, and suffices its mission.

“We aim to bring ourselves to serve the people of Malawi in the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ, by representing their voices and ensuring that they enjoy their God given rights as citizens of God’s kingdom,” he said.

The new executive board also has elected Nkhoma Synod’s Rev. Vasco Kachipapa as the vice chairperson. Membership has maintained Rev. Maureen Tchuwa-Tinenenji of the African Methodist Church and Mrs. Yasinta Mtambo of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire in the board. New faces include Blantyre Synod’s Vice Moderator Rev. Edna Navaya, Rev. Johnstone Ndogolo of the Church of Christ in Malawi, Rev. Robert Manda of the Korea Mission Church, Rev. Charles Mawaya of the Evangelical Church in Malawi, and Rev. Lackwell Mtima of the Zambezi Evangelical Church.

The new Trustees are vice chairperson Rev. John Gondwe, Moderator of the Livingstonia Synod, and members are Rev. Fanny Mdzeka of the Blantyre Synod, Rev. Patrick Makondesa of the Providence Industrial Mission, and Rev. Stanly Makatanje of the Evangelical Church in Malawi.

The two Boards are effective 23rd February 2017.

Malawi Council of Churches is made up of 25 Member Churches and has a countrywide constituency. It also has 12 para-church affiliates that include Maziko Radio, Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Church Action for Relief and Development (CARD), Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), Students Christian Organisation of Malawi (SCOM), Deayang Mission Hospital, Ecumenical Counselling Centre (ECC), Christian Service Committee (CSC), Scripture Union, and many other socio-economic development arms.

The theme of the General Assembly was Strides and Possibilities: Renewing the Council’s Discourse.

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