Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Council of African Churches in Germany (Cacg)

Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Council of African Churches in Germany (Cacg)

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SECTION: WIDER RUHRGEBIET AREA

CONFESSIONAL BASIS OF THE CACG AND MEMBERSHIP

The common faith denominator of the member churches consists in the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord.

All churches with an African membership present in Germany, regardless of additional confessional preferences, are to be represented by the council: Christians from all parts of Africa belonging to internationally organized Pentecostal, Orthodox or former mission churches as well as those at home in African-founded charismatic or other independent churches.

OBJECTIVES

Regardless of any confessional or cultural particularities, all African Christian churches in Germany face identical problems: how to find a place for worship, how to get financial assistance, how to reach out to Germans, etc. These problems are partly caused by lack of appreciation, recognition or acceptance of African Christian initiatives in Germany, by the two major church bodies in Germany, the Evangelische and Katholische Kirche. This widespread arrogance among German churches goes along with an ignorance concerning the character and quality of contemporary Christianity in Africa. The council aims at overcoming the above mentioned issues and dilemmas in order to prepare the ground for local ecumenical Christian encounters in Germany which are nurtured by mutual respect, an openness to learn from one another and the willingness to grow together.

The achievement of these aims is the foremost function of the council. All endeavours of the council should therefore serve this function. Activities which undermine this function and thus run counter to the whole mission of the council should be brought into the open and give way to an intercultural ecumenical understanding.

Only if African churches support one another and endeavour to speak with one voice, will they be able to effectively address prejudice and discriminatory behaviour among the German churches. Only if they join together in Christ, will they help them to perceive the African presence in their midst as a positive contribution and a blessing from God. …

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