Across the developing world, 3.2 million pastors are untrained or undertrained. In Africa, it is estimated that 90% of church leaders may never have received even one day of formal training. That is where African Pastors Fellowship steps in.
African Pastors Fellowship is a UK charity working alongside church and community leaders in East Africa: training, equipping and resourcing pastors so communities might be transformed. The charity partners with influential Christian leaders across seven African countries so that they, and their peers, often in remote rural locations, can access appropriate training and mentoring opportunities
APF was founded in 1981 by the Revd Derek Blundell who identified the need for pastoral training and formation in Africa whilst visiting missionary partners as part of his pastoral ministry. There was also a need for Biblical and theological literature in local languages, bicycles and other tool to enable more effective ministry especially in rural locations.
Since 1981 APF has built a committed UK supporter base, diversified its training and portfolio of ministries, forged strong inter-denominational links and now operates in seven countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Capacity building for Christian leaders remains the core activity.
“I’m so encouraged by how communities are responding!” exclaimed Pastor Lloyd Chizenga who is heading up the Growing Greener village agriculture project in Malawi. APF mobilises church leaders like Lloyd to run initiatives that reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in the communities they serve, enabling the local African church to be Good News in both word and deed.
If you would like to find out more about the work of APF, APF are offering visits to churches in our diocese. The team at APF can offer stimulating presentations and sermons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about a visit.
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