We are happy to introduce Francis Afrifa-Konadu, the new supervisor for Theological Education by Extension (TEE) in Ghana. Afrifa has planted churches in northern Ghana for seventeen years. He used the Three-Step program to train leaders. He sent out those leaders to start more churches. This is the goal of our program and he did it well. Now he will use his experience and his understanding of the program to enable more church planters in northern Ghana to train leaders and plant more churches.
NEW SUPERVISOR FOR GHANA
We want to thank Training Tomorrows Leaders mission for giving us this valuable church planter. We want to thank the Local Advisory Board of Ghana (made up of leaders from independent Christian Churches) for their recommendation of Afrifa-Konadu to the Board of Directors of Christian Leadership Training Institute. Godfred Mintah, Administrative Director of the Institute, will oversee TEE classes in southern Ghana.
THE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING INSTITUTE
The Christian Leadership Training Institute has withdrawn its partnership from the organization in Ghana known as Restoration Christian Church (RCC). This is not a decision that we wished to make. However, due to their lack of cooperation with our concerns for the autonomy of the local congregations, we had no other choice.
HAS WITHDRAWN PARTNERSHIP FROM
THE NEW DENOMINATION IN GHANA CALLED:
RESTORATION CHRISTIAN CHURCH (RCC)
This organization was formally know as the Fellowship of Christian Churches. In July 2014, the Fellowship changed its name to Restoration Christian Church and adopted a new constitution and by-laws which set up a presbytery denominational structure. They also claimed ownership of all member congregations and their property. The new denomination (RCC) does not follow Restoration Movement principles.
For more than eighteen months, the African and the American leaders of four independent Christian Church missions in Ghana tried to work with the officers of the RCC to amend their new constitution and by-laws in a way that would restore local autonomy to the congregations. When the RCC clearly refused efforts to amend their documents in April 2016, a new fellowship for independent Christian Churches was formed which is called Pistis Christian Churches.
This new organization is a voluntary fellowship similar to the one that was abandoned by the RCC. The congregations started by independent Christian Church missions are now individually deciding whether they will stay under the authority of the RCC or join the new fellowship called Pistis Christian Churches. The word pistis is the Greek word for Faith. The new Fellowship wished a more Biblical name, but all were taken by other Christian organizations registered in Ghana.
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1. A comparison of voluntary cooperative autonomy and the RCC documents.
2. The RCC refused all efforts to amend their documents.
3. The Christian Leadership Training Institute withdrew partnership with RCC.
4. Three missions in the USA jointly withdrew their partnership with RCC.
5. Signatures of board members who made the above decision.
6. Official statement of the Christian Leadership Training Institute
concerning its relationship with the Overseer of the RCC.