CMS-Africa exists to envision, equip and mobilise leaders in and of the church towards holistic mission.
Through the footprints campaign, CMS-Africa seeks to lay a foundation for long term sustainability of its international mission footprint in Africa and from Africa by investing in an office block on a prime property in Nairobi, Kenya gifted to us by CMS.
We are trusting God for 3000 people to each pay for the purchase of the cost of building and furnishing one square meter of the building. This will allow CMS-Africa to occupy one floor and rent out four floors to generate income for missions work across the continent.
Founded from Church Missionary Society in 2008, CMS-Africa exits to provide a linkage between Missionary work in Africa to the churches and communities through wholistic development.
The church has been on the continent for over two thousand years and has experienced tremendous growth for the last two centuries. This growth holds incredible potential for the healing of Africa. Yet all too often the church is disengaged from the crying needs of the community, focusing exclusively on spiritual concerns.
Despite Christians being a majority in many African communities, poverty disease conflict and environmental degradation abound. This appalling State of affairs propels CMS-Africa to focus on wholistic transformation of the society by working the church, families and individuals.
CMS-Africa is as passionate about missionary work as it is about transforming mindsets and creating an enabling environment in Africa and beyond so that the People of God build their own solutions and take ownership of their future.
CMS-Africa's promises are fulfilled in partnership with church and the local communities using our wholistic approaches including capacity building and empowerment programs that spur communities for transformation through renewed mindsets.
It is on this basis that the proposal to carry out a long-term capital investment that will generate income to make missions work sustainable has been mooted.
It’s natural to look to Africa for mission success stories. The first Christian mission workers went to Africa in the seventeenth century and by 1900, 10 million Africans were believers in Christ – that’s 10% of the population. By the year 2000 there were 360 million African Christians – that is 46% of the population! In fact, the number of professing Christians in various south Saharan nations exceeds 80% of the population.
Yet, there is another side of the African story. Africa is almost synonymous with corruption, poverty, bribery, disease, violence and injustice. [j1] In Kenya alcohol and drug abuse is growing at epidemic rates. For South Africans robberies and muggings are a daily reality. Nigeria is world-renown, not because it hosts one of the world’s largest churches, but for its internet scams. And in the Rwandan conflict Christians were slaughtering other Christians.
If the gospel has reached so widely throughout Africa, why are things as they are? Is something wrong with the gospel? Has the Kingdom of God failed?
For years international aid and development agencies have tried to deal with these problems—with limited success. A predominantly animistic worldview holds sway over the minds of many Africans—a worldview that sees humanity as a victim of nature, of other people, or of fate. This mind-set shifts responsibility for Africa’s social ills to the spirit realm, leaving individuals little hope or motivation for working towards a better future.
The church has been on the continent for nearly two thousand years—and has experienced tremendous growth over the last two centuries. This growth holds incredible potential for the healing of Africa. Yet, all too often, the church is disengaged from the crying needs of the community—focusing exclusively on ‘spiritual concerns.’ The gospel has spread in breadth, but not in depth!
The church is the solution. It is God’s principally ordained agency for social and cultural transformation. It is perhaps the single most important indigenous, sustainable institution in any community, with members in virtually every sphere of society (the arts, business, governance, education, etc.). This is particularly true of Africa where an estimated four million churches exist.
Yet, for the church to effectively advance God’s intentions, its leadership requires fresh vision and equipping. We, as God’s people, need to recognize that our mission is to see God’s Kingdom spread in both breadth and depth. Since 1999, a group of dedicated Africans have been doing just that—serving church leaders across the continent, providing them with a fresh vision for the church as God’s principal agent of social and cultural transformation.
The training goes beyond envisioning. It equips church leaders with simple tools that enable them to apply what they have learned immediately, thus beginning the transformation process in their own communities with existing resources—no matter how poor they may be. The training emphasises the importance of mind-set transformation and presents the Christian worldview as the catalyst for social and cultural transformation. The key for transformation is not more activity or programmes – Africa is jam-packed with well-meaning, God-focused activities that have failed to bring lasting change. The key to cultural transformation lies in the transformation of a people’s worldview. Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo puts it bluntly: “Africa has been evangelized but the African mind has not been captured for Christ.” Ideas have consequences – Africa has been taught how to ‘get right with God,’ but Africa’s biggest problem is that the church hasn’t been taught how to think right. The solution for all these issues is between our ears!
Churches that have received the training are making remarkable contributions to the transformation of their communities. They are effectively addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic; responding to conflict with biblical peace-making principles; and actively engaging in social, political, business, agricultural, and environmental issues. Not surprisingly, they are also more effective in their evangelistic outreaches.
Today, these African trainers have banded together under the name Samaritan Strategy Africa to advance this tested training program into every corner of the continent. Samaritan Strategy Africa is not a formal organization but a network of trainers and activists affiliated with The Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA).
Most of us are familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. But there’s one detail we often overlook. This unnamed man used his own bandages, his own wine, his own donkey, his own coins. He used what he already had in his hands to help the wounded man.
The Samaritan Strategy is about helping communities recognize what they already have, what God has already gifted them with. Rather than relying on donor aid for everything, Christian group are challenged to see what they can do with what the resources they already have. And time and again they discover an abundance that they can immediately put to use in their communities.
The hope is that Samaritan Strategy training will produce a multiplicity of fruits wherever it is offered.
In the Church
In Communities and Nations
New Zealand is a nation with a rich Christian heritage. Yet growing numbers of children are being raised in poverty, domestic violence is a significant problem, prisons are crowded, marriages are failing and suicide rates are among the highest in the world. If you were to shine the spotlight in your community what would you find?
We want to see the church in New Zealand empowered to foster change in local communities. That’s why we’re hosting a Samaritan Strategy Vision Conference. If you have a heart to see the Kingdom of God spread in both breadth and depth, this is for you.
Vision Conference: 3 – 7 November 2014
Day seminar: Saturday 8th November 2014
At Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Dr, Papatoetoe, Manukau
Bookings close Sunday October 19.
Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo
Founder and Executive Director of the Center of Biblical Transformation:
“Africa has been evangelized but the African mind has not been captured for Christ.”
Dr. Charles Malik
Former President of the Security Council and the General Assembly of the UN:
“The problem is not only to win souls but to save minds. If you win the whole world and loose the mind of the world you will soon discover you have not won the world. Indeed, it may turn out that you have lost the world.”
Please find a testimonial on Samaritan Strategy training.