The Hub for the Church in Africa
The Church in Africa is a victim of misguided caricatures. A famous theologian once said the Church in Africa as like a sea that is one thousand miles wide but only an inch deep. African Christians are often viewed as primitive, shallow and overtly spiritual.
Is there anything good that can come out of Africa? After all, Tony Blair famously described Africa as a stain on the Western world’s conscience. How could he not? Consider the Rwandan Genocide, AIDS pandemic, Ebola, and rampant corruption.
However, it is in this blighted legacy that a desire to know the One True God is born. Through never-ending suffering and pain, the Church in Africa is being drawn to the presence of God.
Theology in Africa is an initiative to scratch where there is an itch. We are a group of young Christians who are passionate about the Church in Africa. After all, we are Africans who are Christians – Christian Africans.
Thus, we understand as Africans, our Church faces challenges only unique to us. Hence, believers in our Church in Africa have questions. They have questions about AIDS, corruption, Africa traditions, belief in spirits, wealth and health, politics. As a result, they want to remain faithful to Christ.
Theology in Africa exists to inspire the Church in Africa to study, practice and teach the Gospel through Christ-centered resources that glorify God. We aspire to present the Gospel with clarity and faithfulness through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Did You Know?
1. The First Gentile Christian was an Africa
A prominent Christian author recently said, “Sub-Saharan African nations…, though they have a short Christian past, may have a long and brilliant Christian future.” Although it sounded cool and pious, it’s not true. Sub-Saharan Africa has the oldest Christian past.
Malamulo Chidongo sums it up perfectly, “God has been engaging Africans with the gospel centuries before Livingstone.” The first Gentile Christian was the Ethiopian eunuch. Thus, Theology in Africa exists to continue with that engagement.
2. The Largest Population of Christians is in Africa
The Church in Africa is the largest in the world. Every year, millions of people are surrendering their lives to Christ in Africa. It is not surprising that recent estimates suggest by 2050 most Christians will be African Christians.
Sadly, as noted by Krish Kandiah, an editor at Christianity Today, “Despite [the] stupendous growth and spiritual blessing there is still a colonial mindset in western Churches that wish to downplay God’s work in [African] countries.”
Therefore, our aim is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ with clarity, boldness, and grace – directing believers to a fruitful and effective knowledge of Christ. We invite Christians in Africa to join us as we seek to answer the question:
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ as an African in the 21st Century?