AACC's 9th Theological Institute Officially Opened In Abuja, Nigeria
Instituted during the 9th General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique 2008, the All Africa Conference of Churches Theological institute aims at promoting intergenerational learning and mentorship of young theologians on ecumenical-related issues affecting Africa and beyond, with an intention of producing present and future ecumenical leaders for African churches and the world at large.
The 9th Theological institute was officially opened on 7th November 2023 at the First Baptist Church – Garki Abuja Nigeria. 50 young theologians below 35 years and 5 facilitators drawn from all over the continent are participating in the institute. In his welcome remarks, Fr. Dr. John Njoroge, AACC’s Executive Secretary for theology and interfaith relations noted that the 9th theological institute will foster a deep understanding of theological concepts, ignite meaningful dialogues, inspire and produce transformative ecumenical leaders who build the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
“I expect to hear diverse voices from fellow participants and learn from their experiences as we engage on the various topics in the program” said Lindiwe Princess Maseko, a participant from Southern Africa.
While opening the Institute on behalf of the AACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki, Rev. Dr. Israel Adelani Akanji, President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention charged participants to strive to be professional theologians who positively contribute to the growth of Christianity in the global south.
“I am confident that this program will form me into such a good leader who solves the problems of the church.” Noted Koroma Simon Peter Sam, from Sierra Leone.
The institute is running under AACC’s 12th General Assembly theme, "The Love of Christ compels us" (2 Cor 5:14). Throughout the ten days the institute will run, the participants will interrogate how the love of Christ compels us to listen, learn, share insights and care for each other and God’s creation.