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.
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.
The networks of women theologians are active.
The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) is very active.
The Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA) is active and strong in some churches.
The Lutheran Communion in Central and Western Africa (LUCWA) is being established.
The LWF Task Group on Poverty (TFP) is a team of 12 drawn from the member churches.
The African Lutheran Communication and Information Network (ALCINET) is team of eight communicators from the member churches.
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.
Presiding Bishop Dr Alex G. Malasusa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania