Christian Leadership Formation
Rwanda Direct believes that it is the Church in Rwanda
that should set its own priorities, not people in the UK!
Whenever we have asked Archbishops, Bishops and other
leaders what is the most important need in supporting the
Church financially in Rwanda we always get the same reply
"Theological Education". However it is not popular with funders
from the west who tend to favour development and aid projects,
particularly those for children. It's hard to raise support for
leadership and theological education.
The Church in Rwanda understand that theological education
provides the foundations for all that it wants to do. This is not
a limited 'spiritual' view of theology which we often hear about
in the west but a holistic understanding that touches every
area of life.
This work is at the very core of Rwanda Direct; it is the key that opens so many doors for the growth of the church in Rwanda. Rwanda Direct supports theological education in a number of different ways.
Kigali Anglican Theological College (KATC)
The largest regular grant goes to KATC where the current Director, Revd Prof Viateur Ndikumana runs an innovative modular training course for pastors which integrates much practical application along with the theory. There is no false divide between spiritual and physical, so all of life is covered! The impact of this training is incredible and transformational. It is undoubtedly one of the most significant pieces of applied theological education in the world today. KATC has recently received substantial funding so it has many new buildings. As the government wants all pastors to have a degree by 2023, they are looking to change KATC into College able to award degrees - the East African Christian College (EACC). Government approval is hoped for soon (March 2020). Even with the new buildings the Church still finds it hard to finance the courses - more help is desperately needed to equip the leadership of the Church for the needs for transformative leadership.
Grants SU to allow existing leaders to be supported across many denominations, Bible reading notes to be produced for 10s of thousands of Christians, Sunday School teachers, College students, Secondary School Christian Union Leaders all receive training at SU.
Individual scholarships have also been given, currently to Byumba and Kigali dioceses. Rev James Ndamyumugabe recently finished his Master of Education and has returned to Kigeme diocese as Head of the Bible School and Education as well as being a Parish Pastor.