Holistic mission. Diakonia. Solidarity.


Opportunities for Holistic Mission

Member churches in the Lutheran communion in Africa collaborate in their holistic mission, addressing poverty and economic injustice, learning together to improve their skills to advocate for change.  

Challenges of Holistic Mission

Communication between churches in the communion in Africa is important because of its diverse cultures and traditions. Poor infrastructure is a major communication challenge.   

Most of the people in the rural areas are not fluent in languages used to communicate with other regions, which limits access to materials from abroad.

The region’s limited financial resources make member churches dependent on outside sources, which is a stumbling block for diaconal work.  

There is little opportunity for communities to utilize local resources.

Communion Relationships

Church leaders come together as a communion in the Lutheran Council in Africa (LUCA) to reflect on what it means to be part of the LWF regionally and work together to  challenge poverty and inequality.  

LWF’s holistic mission initiatives are acted on through member churches while theological institutions collaborate in developing themes that are important for  communion relationships.

Minority Church Context 

Some member churches are located in Muslim majority countries such as Senegal while others, including those in Congo Brazzaville and Zambia, are smaller, more recently established churches.


Networks & Partners 

Women theologians’ networks

The networks of women theologians are active.

Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa

The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) is very active.

Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa

The Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA) is active and strong in some churches.

Lutheran Communion in Central and Western Africa

The Lutheran Communion in Central and Western Africa (LUCWA) is being established.

LWF Task Group on Poverty

The LWF Task Group on Poverty (TFP) is a team of 12 drawn from the member churches.

African Lutheran Communication and Information Network

The African Lutheran Communication and Information Network (ALCINET) is team of eight communicators from the member churches.

Partners
  • Brot für die Welt
  • Church of Sweden
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
  • Finn Church Aid
  • Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission
  • Norwegian Church Aid

Partners contribute to financial support and, in some cases, also serve on joint mission boards as a further way of strengthening relationships and mutual learning.

LWF Vice-President

Presiding Bishop Dr Alex G. Malasusa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Contact
Rev. Dr Elieshi Ayo Mungure
Area Secretary for Africa
+41 22 791 6251
Ms Margarita Thilby-Chao
Administrative Assistant to the Area Secretaries for Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean
+41 22 791 6258