CCAP Nkhoma Synod has disowned a pastoral letter that was read in most of the synod’s churches last Sunday, saying it was written by a group of reverends who want to divide the church.
In a statement made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), the synod’s moderator the Reverend Dr. Chatha Msangaambe appealed to church members to disregard the letter that was aired on a local radio.
“The synod on 10th June 2014 during a meeting at Lilongwe CCAP agreed that the letter should be withdrawn. The synod’s moderamen [moderators] will soon meet to discuss the issue. Please do not read such kind of letters,” says the statement which was also signed by the Reverend Brian Kamwendo.
In the letter, at least 21 reverends from CCAP Nkhoma Synod are asking the synod’s moderators to step down with immediate effect.
They say the previous moderators should take full charge of the duties until all problems the synod is facing are resolved.
The pastors further claim they wrote the letter after two failed attempts to meet the moderators to discuss how they are leading the church.
“Though we tried to meet them on 3rd June 2014, they didn’t show interest and did not accept that the church is now walking in darkness,” reads the letter.
They claim the leadership has failed, citing lack of discipline and respect to their fellows as they feel they are more educated than others; hence, they cannot be told what to do.
The letter says the leadership, which is being headed by the Reverend Vasco Kachipapa, was making decisions without consulting the synod.
“For the past years, we saw the Department of HIV and Aids being closed down without following procedures. We only came to know of it during a conference at Namoni Katengeza Lay Training Centre in August, 2013.The synod ordered them to reinstate it but nothing has been done to that effect,” reads the letter in part.