Association of Evangelical Reformed Churches of Burkina Faso
The Association is a grouping of local congregations located mainly in the northern part of Burkina Faso and in the capital Ouagadougou, which were the fruit of evangelism work of a pastor who separated from the Assemblies of God (Pentecostal) in 1977. He studied at the Theological Institute of Porto Novo (Benin) where he became acquainted with the Reformed-Presbyetrian tradition. The association was officially founded in 1986. The pastor and his co-workers evangelized in remote rural areas and most of the church members are first-generation Christians. The congregations are established among the poorest sectors of the population in this Sahel region where people subsist on one harvest of millet or sorghum a year, in very harsh and precarious conditions. The association tries to assist the peasants with digging wells, installing water pumps, setting up cereal banks, building schools and clinics, a small orphanage, etc. The president of the association has been able to build relationships with several ecumenical agencies, which are providing support for these projects.
The association recognizes the sovereign authority of the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ and revealed by the Holy Spirit in the canonical books of the Old and New testament, confessed in the Apostles' Creed, the Ecumenical Creeds and the Confessions of Faith of the Reformation.
The association counts currently nine churches and three centres of evangelism which will also become local churches. Each congregation has a pastor and a parish council. In future the local churches will be grouped in consistories and regional synods. The general synod composed of delegates from the regions acts as the general assembly of the association.