THE CHURCH GROWTH DEPARTMENT

The Department of Church Growth (DCE), which has the services of Evangelism and Christian Education, youth, women and family, is one of the five Departments of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda. All activities done under this department are based on missionary extension in all provinces and districts of Rwanda. Accordingly, they are exercised at the level of the Central Office, and others are exercised at the level of Presbyteries, Parishes, and basic ecclesiastical communities (Amatorero y’ Ibanze).

The Church Growth Department is responsible for organizing different activities such as the Commemoration of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, Evangelical Campaigns, training of different categories (Children, Youth, Women, Men, and Old People), Raising the resources and means for the Scholarship of Pastors at various Theological Institutions and different levels, and Empowering Pastors continuously. In addition, it is in charge of funding church constructions and presbyters.

Rev. Julie KANDEMA
Vice- President and Legal Representative of EPR

The evangelism strategies: NDATUMA NDE?

  • Evangelization campaigns

The Presbyterian Church in Rwanda, through its Church Growth Department, has put effort into evangelism as a crucial mission of the Church. In this regard, it organized the evangelization campaigns at the national level named “NDATUMA NDE,” which is translated as “whom shall I send” (Is. 6:8). The campaigns were carried out from 2013 to 2019 in 7 presbyteries that make up the EPR. In the first campaign held in Remera Presbytery in 2013, the EPR launched the evangelization fund.  

Each annual evangelization campaign was led by a theme as presented below:

  1. NDATUMA NDE 2013 was held at Remera Rukoma presbytery with the theme, “Then he said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2014 was held at Rubengera presbytery with the theme” But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24: 15b).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2015 was held at KirindaPresbytery with the theme, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2016 was held at Kigali Presbytery with the theme, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2017 was held at Gisenyi presbytery, with the theme” if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2018 was held at Gitarama Presbytery, with the theme “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).
  1. NDATUMA NDE 2019 was held at zinga presbytery with the theme” I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” John11:25.
  • The basic ecclesial community

The “basic ecclesial community” is an entity that is closer to church members within the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda. It is constituted by the members of the Church residing in at least seven (7) neighboring families. It is chaired by a committee of 4 people, including a man, a woman, a youth, and a representative of children. Members of the basic ecclesial community meet weekly to study the biblical and thematic teachings prepared by the EPR. This entity experiments and executes the programs and activities of the Church. Moreover, it actively contributes to the creation of new missionary communities and parishes, strengthening social works, mediation in case of conflict in families, initiation of tontines, savings and credit banks, and small income-generating projects. By September 2022, there are 3573 basic ecclesial communities at the level of the whole Church.

The two methods explained above helped the Church to keep faith of the church members and fight against contextual misleading theologies

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