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.

 

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Other members:

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 Côte 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)

Associate members:

(Within the WCC membership)

Organizations:

Churches:

Other associate members:

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

 

Last updated: 1.1.2006