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All Africa Conference of Churches

The All Africa Conference of Churches is a fellowship of churches and institutions working together in their common witness to the gospel by:

  • Mobilizing to live faithfully the message of God's love
  • Nurturing a common understanding of the faith
  • Interpreting and responding to challenges to human dignity
  • Acting prophetically in word, life, and services for healing

    The decision to create a regional organization was taken at a widely representative meeting at Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1958. The work of the Provisional and Continuation Committees appointed following the Ibadan Conference led to the birth of the AACC at its first assembly on 20 April, 1963, in Kampala, Uganda. The theme of the Kampala assembly was Freedom and Unity in Christ. The delegates addressed the colonial situation in the spirit of nationalism that permeated the political scene of the continent at the time. The message of Kampala to the churches in Africa asked a vital question that needs to be asked again today: "Why, in Cape Town, in Dakar, in Douala and Nairobi, on the plains and by the rivers of this land, must we continue in those divisions, which crucify the Lord until he returns?" The delegates identified themselves with the aspirations of the peoples of the continent towards development of dignity and a mature personality in Christ and exhorted the churches "to participate wholeheartedly in the building of the African nation". The AACC has accompanied the churches in their engagement in the decolonization and nation-building processes. It played a significant role in the dismantling of apartheid in Southern Africa. The journey towards unity and freedom initiated at Kampala has continued through seven other assemblies with different themes:

     

    • Abidjan (Ivory Coast) 1969 Working with Christ in Africa Today
    • Lusaka (Zambia) 1974 Living No Longer for Ourselves but for Christ
    • Nairobi (Kenya) 1981 Following in the Light of Jesus Christ
    • Lomé (Togo) 1987 You shall be my Witnesses
    • Harare (Zimbabwe) 1992 Abundant Life in Jesus Christ
    • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 1997 Troubled but not Destroyed
    • Yaoundé (Cameroon) 2003 Come Let Us Rebuild
    • Maputo (Mozambique) 2008 Step Forth in Faith

      These themes manifest the effective prophetic witness of the church in Africa as the people of the continent struggle with the issues that confront them in their daily lives. The theme of the eighth assembly, Come Let us Rebuild, was a call to the churches to continue where they left off at Kampala. The impulse for the theme is the Nehemiah motif of rebuilding Jerusalem devastated by the Babylonian exile. Like Jerusalem of the time, the continent of Africa has gone through devastation of many sorts. The euphoria that characterized the period of independence has been lost and the continent has experienced conflicts and wars, resulting from disappointingly bad governance, corruption, global economic injustice, etc. Increased poverty has characterized the independent nations and has been further compounded with the emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that continues to devastate the populations. The eighth assembly in Yaoundé re-issued the call of Kampala "to participate wholeheartedly in the building of the African nation".
      The AACC continues to stand with the churches in addressing relevant issues that confront the continent, and to provide a platform of collective voices and collective action. Its foundational programmes are theology, mission and evangelism, ecumenical growth and interfaith relations. Core issues on its agenda include social and economic justice (overcoming poverty), health and wholeness (HIV/AIDS) and international relations (governance, ethics and morality). Its vision is "Called to work together for Life, Justice, Truth and Peace". The AACC has 133 member churches and 32 associate councils of churches in 39 countries, representing 120 million Christians in Africa. It is engaged in a thorough process of reconfiguring ecumenical relationships and cooperation in the continent, by integrating the churches, national councils, sub-regional fellowships and the continental body itself into a coherent network. The head office of the AACC is in Nairobi, Kenya; there is a regional office in Lomé, Togo.
      Website: www.aacc-ceta.org
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      Protestant Church of Algeria
      Evangelical Church of Angola
      Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola
      Evangelical Reformed Church of Angola
      Protestant Methodist Church of Benin
      Church of the Province of Central Africa (Botswana)
      Association of Evangelical Reformed Churches of Burkina Faso
      Episcopal Church of Burundi
      Episcopal Church of Burundi - Diocese of Bujumbura
      Union of Baptist Churches of Burundi
      United Methodist Church of Burundi
      African Protestant Church (Cameroon)
      Evangelical Church of Cameroon
      Native Baptist Church of Cameroon
      Presbyterian Church in Cameroon
      Presbyterian Church of Cameroon
      Union of Baptist Churches of Cameroon
      Protestant Church of Christ the King (Central African Republic)
      Evangelical Church of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
      United Methodist Church of Cote d'Ivoire
      Church of Christ in Congo - Baptist Community in Africa (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Baptist Community of Congo(DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Central Community of Christ in Africa (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Community of the Assemblies of the Brethren in Shaba (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Community of the Disciples of Christ in Congo (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Evangelical Community of Congo(DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Evangelical Community of Kwango (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Mennonite Community (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Presbyterian Community of Congo (DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa(DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - Protestant Baptist Church in Africa(DRC)
      Church of Christ in Congo - United Methodist Community(DRC)
      Church of Christ Light of the Holy Spirit (DRC)
      Church of Jesus Christ on Earth by His Special Envoy Simon Kimbangu(DRC)
      Evangelical Lutheran Church of Congo (DRC)
      Salvation Army (DRC)
      Evangelical Protestant Church in Djibouti
      Coptic Orthodox Church (Egypt)
      Episcopal Church in Egypt, N. Africa, Ethiopia & Somalia
      Evangelical Church Synod of the Nile
      Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa
      Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus
      Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
      Evangelical Church of Gabon
      Anglican Diocese of The Gambia
      Methodist Church of The Gambia
      Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana
      Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
      Joint Anglican Diocesan Council of Ghana
      Methodist Church in Ghana
      Presbyterian Church of Ghana
      Salvation Army (Ghana)
      Reformed Church of Equatorial Guinea
      African Brotherhood Church (Kenya)
      African Christian Church and Schools (Kenya)
      African Israel Nineveh Church (Kenya)
      African Church of the Holy Spirit (Kenya)
      Anglican Church of Kenya
      East African Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) (Kenya)
      Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church
      Methodist Church in Kenya
      Nairobi Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (Quakers) (Kenya)
      Presbyterian Church of East Africa(Kenya)
      Salvation Army (Kenya)
      Lesotho Evangelical Church
      Church of the Lord Aladura (Liberia)
      Episcopal Church of Liberia
      Lutheran Church in Liberia
      Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (Liberia)
      Presbyterian Church of Liberia
      United Methodist Church (Liberia)
      Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar
      Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean (Madagascar)
      Malagasy Lutheran Church (Madagascar)
      Presbyterian Church of Mauritius
      Church of Central Africa
      Presbyterian General Synod
      Church of Central Africa
      Presbyterian Synod of Blantyre
      Church of the Province of Central Africa (Malawi)
      Evangelical Church in Morocco
      Presbyterian Church of Mozambique
      United Methodist Church of Mozambique
      Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
      Church of the Lord Aladura (Nigeria)
      Methodist Church in Nigeria
      Nigeria Baptist Convention
      Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
      Salvation Army (Nigeria)
      Province of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda
      Province of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda - Diocese of Butare
      Free Methodist Church in Rwanda
      Presbyterian Church in Rwanda
      Union of Baptist Churches in Rwanda Protestant Church of Senegal
      Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean (Seychelles)
      African Methodist Episcopal Church (Sierra Leone)
      Church of the Province of West Africa, Diocese of Freetown (Sierra Leone)
      Church of the Province of West Africa, Diocese Bo (Sierra Leone)
      Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone
      Methodist Church of Sierra Leone
      United Methodist Church (Sierra Leone)
      Church of the Province of Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa
      Methodist Church of Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Moravian Church in South Africa
      Presbyterian Church of Africa (South Africa)
      United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (South Africa)
      Ethiopian Episcopal Church, South Africa
      Episcopal Church of the Province of the Sudan
      Presbyterian Church in Sudan
      Kukhany’ Okusha Zion Church (Swaziland)
      (Christian Apostolic Holy Spirit Church in Zion)
      United Christian Church of Africa (Swaziland)
      Anglican Church of Tanzania
      Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
      Moravian Church in Tanzania
      Moravian Church in Western Tanzania
      Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo
      Methodist Church of Togo
      Church of Uganda
      Reformed Church of Zambia
      Salvation Army - Zambia & Malawi Territory
      United Church of Zambia
      Zambian Anglican Council
      African Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
      Christian Marching Church of Central Africa (Zimbabwe)
      Independent African Church (Mushakata) (Zimbabwe)
      Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
      Salvation Army (Zimbabwe)
      United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
      United Methodist Church (Zimbabwe)
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      Associate members of the All Africa Conference of Churches

       

      Council of Christian Churches in Angola

       

      Botswana Christian Council

       

      National Council of Churches of Burundi

       

      Council of Protestant Churches of Cameroon

       

      The Gambia Christian Council

       

      Christian Council of Ghana

       

      Christian Council of Lesotho

       

      Liberian Council of Churches

       

      Federation of Protestant Churches in Madagascar

       

      Malawi Council of Churches

       

      Christian Council of Mozambique

       

      Council of Churches in Namibia

       

      Christian Council of Nigeria

       

      Protestant Council of Rwanda

       

      Council of Churches in Sierra Leone

       

      South Africa Council of Churches

       

      Sudan Council of Churches

       

      Council of Swaziland Churches

       

      Christian Council of Tanzania

       

      Uganda Joint Christian Council

       

      Christian Council of Zambia

       

      Zimbabwe Council of Churches

       

      Association of Christian Lay Centres in Africa (ACLCA)

       

      Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (MEF) (Zambia)

       

      Organization of African Instituted Churches

       

      Protestant Theological Faculty (Cameroon)

       

      Zomba Theological College (Malawi)

       

      Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda

       

      Christian Care (Zimbabwe)

       

      Interdenominational African Ministries' Association of Southern Africa (IDAMASA)

       

      Liberia Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention, Inc.

       

      Rwandan Women Community Development Network