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The Movements and Money Seminar co-convened by CWC and the AIU school of business studies gathered over 50 people at the Nairobi Baptist on the 21st of April 2016. The delegates received insight on the foundational principles of financial accountability for churches. The impetus for the seminar arose from the understanding that matters of financial transparency and accountability are an area of concern in the church in Africa today. Recent public discourse and government interventions in Kenya highlight this concern.
The seminar began with a plenary session by David Gatende. He is the Managing Director of Davis and Shirtliff, a water technology company operating in 7 countries in Africa. He has also been highly involved in church, chairing elder boards in two churches that are committed to accountability in every area of ministry. He spoke from his experiences leading the elders through the setting up of structures in church plants that have grown to become influential communities in Nairobi.
After the tea break came a panel discussion with the facilitators. The rich discussion included comments and questions on church projects, investment of church cash reserves, the differences between for-profit and non-profit accounts, perception disparities between Kenyan and American charity relationships, and the relationship between accounts teams and pastoral staff.
The seminar benefitted from the expertise of several experienced facilitators. They included – Alvin Mwangura who currently works as a micro-finance consultant, author and trainer. He has in the past worked in both corporate and church settings in accounts and finance; Anthony Mwaniki, a Project Management consultant, and chair of Acorn Group Africa. He has in the past also served as an executive pastor of Operations at Mavuno church, and also as project manager for several large scale church projects; Humphrey Muga, a Business and Finance Lecturer at Africa International University. He has extensive experience at the Kenya Treasury and Capital Markets Authority; Jim Rogers, a seasoned business man who has since semi-retired from active daily management. He now devotes his time facilitating partnerships that foster education initiatives in Africa, mainly in Kenya. He has much experience working with non-profits in the US and here in Kenya; and, Sam Mwaura, the Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director at the AIC Kijabe Hospital. He has accumulated much corporate experience in finance and has also been highly involved in church ministry activities. He also has a passion for financial stewardship in churches.
After lunch the participants reconstituted themselves after lunch into three focus groups. One of the groups discussed financial accountability from the perspective of senior pastors and church planters. Another group focussed on financial accountability structures for pastors in training and department heads. A final group delved into the technicalities of finance structures for participants who have a background in accounts and finance. Each focus group then appointed a leader who presented their key lessons to the larger group.
After the presentations, the gathered group received a greeting and an encouragement to engage from Charles Awanda, the NCCK representative in charge of the Nairobi region. Nyambura Kamau from the Africa Study Bible project also gave a brief on the project and its significance for pastors in Nairobi. The African Council for Accreditation and Accountability [AfCAA see Afcaa.org] was also represented by several members among them the founding executive director, Valentine Gitoho.
The day ended with a joint public declaration of the participants’ commitment to, in obedience to God and His word, be financially accountable leaders. After a commissioning prayer, the participants were issued with certificates of participation.
The church is entrusted with resources for the furtherance of the Gospel. While some churches have given the lead on matters of financial transparency and accountability, the issue remains an area of constant growth within the wider church, among pastors, pastors in training, elders and deacons. Coupled with this is the recent public, and government interest, in matters of financial accountability in the church, that resulted in the development and subsequent shelving of the religious societies rules. These rules encompass within them financial accountability standards.
In response to these, the Centre for world christianity and the school of business and economics at AIU have convened, in partnership with the Nairobi Baptist, an introductory seminar on financial matters for churches. The seminar will be held on Thursday April 21, 2016 at the Nairobi Baptist, 8:00am-4:00pm.
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I am a graduate of the Center for World Christianity at Africa International University. I currently lecture at the Université Shalom de Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am undertaking a post-doctoral research on “The Role of African Values and Spirituality in the Inculturation and Glocalization of the Gospel within “Fraternité Evangélique de Pentecôte en Afrique au Congo” (FEPACO). This research project is sponsored by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College with a generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.
The study examines the role African values and spirituality have played in the inculturation and glocalization of the Gospel among FEPACO churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In particular, I would like to explore how aspects of African tradition and Christian faith have been appropriated and integrated to form an authentic Congolese Christian identity. The project will be carried out between February 2016 and June 2017.
In preparation to this research project, I participated in a workshop on “Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa: Religious Innovation and Competition: their Impact in Contemporary Africa” organized by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Cape in Town South Africa from March 7th to 18th 2016. The workshop brought together 50 participants comprising researchers and speakers who met at Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town from March 7 to 18, 2016.
Distinguished facilitators and mentors for the workshop included Joel Carpenter, Professor of History and Director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity in USA; Tite Tienou, Research Professor of Theology and Mission and Dean Emeritus at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in USA; Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa; Philomena Mwaura, Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Gender Equity and Empowerment at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya; Harold Netland, Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies and specialist in religious pluralism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in USA; Jesse N. K. Mugambi, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi in Kenya; Nathanael Soede, Professor of Philosophy and Moral Theology and Director of Research and Publications at Missionnaire Catholique d’Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire; Katho Robert Bungishabaku, Professor of Old Testament and President of the Shalom University of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guy Massart, Researcher – Anthropologist at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium; Robert D Woodberry, Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore and a research professor at the Institute for the study of Religion at Baylor University; Ilana VanWyk, Senior research officer at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town and Co-editor of Anthropology Southern Africa, International editorial board of Spears Media, Publishing House; Bame Nsamenang, Associate Professor of Psychology and Learning Sciences at the University of Bamenda in Cameroon; Afe Adogame, Professor of Religious Studies/World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary in USA; Rosalie Aduayi Diop, Research Professor in Sociology at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar; Mwenda Ntarangwi, V.P. of Advancement & Communications at Theological Book Network in USA; Deevia Bhana, Professor of Gender and Education at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa and Yaw Ofusu-Kusi, Professor of Social Studies and Economics at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. They interacted with the Nagel Institute grantees on academic writing and publication.
Out of this research I hope to convene several workshop and public lectures to scholars and church leaders across Central Africa. I would like to factor in the findings in three theological courses I am teaching at the Université Shalom de Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I also hope to publish my findings in two academic journals both in English and French.
The 2016 CWC PhD Colloquium takes place in March 21-25. Michael Wambua, Heglon Kitawi and Kyama Mugambi share and discuss aspects of their doctoral research in this week long gathering. Dr George Atido, Dr Steve Lichty, Dr. Steve Morad and Dr. Fabulous Moyo are guest participants, making their contributions during the week to sharpen the minds of the participants.
Kyama Mugambi of CWC-AIU was the ASET 2016 and got to talk to Dr Anguandia-Alo Shalom University Eastern DR Congo. He was one of the plenary speakers addressing the issue of Witchcraft accusations from his research. In this video he talks about the significance of this topic for Christianity in Africa today.
The conference was well attended with delegates from many nationalities, academic and denominational backgrounds. Distinguished speakers included Prof Kunhiyop, Prof Tite Tienou, Dr Andy Anguandia-Alo among many others.