Members: 12,409 (2010)
Field Leader: Bertin Mwanya
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The DRC AC Conference has provided wonderful leadership in the central African region with the help of Conference President Bertin Mwanya. Their 50+ churches set aggressive church planting goals and have done very well despite an ongoing state of civil war or chaos in the DRC since its independence.
They also have a strong calling to educate children and adults in their communities, and provide for their health and wellbeing. Current projects the Conference has undertaken include an elementary school, high school, literacy school, Bible school, clinic, and orphanage.
Forward thinking by the President and his leadership reflect concern for growing the family economy, vocational training, broadcasting, and elder care. Their visions, in various stages of becoming reality, are a farm, Bible college, a vocational training school for women and one for men, a training center for youth, a radio & TV station, a guest-house, and a care house for the elderly.
Pastoral training is ongoing within the Conference, sometimes conducted by outside agencies. In February 2011, World Vision’s DRC office organized a three-day seminar for key church leaders in the Kasungami area in Lubumbashi. A specialist in leadership and conflict resolution, Rev. Claude Masuka Maleka of the University of Mutare in Zimbabwe, challenged those there to look at the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole example in leadership — to serve and not be served. Rev. Bertin Mwanya represented the Advent Christian Church in the training. Workshops prepared attendees to pass on the training to local pastors and leaders under their oversight.
Challenges to travel and outreach ministry are frequent in the DRC, often due to political upheaval. In February 2011, a coup attempt on the current president, Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange, altered activities in Kinshasa to ensure the safety of the population. Airlines postponed all flights to the capital city until order was restored. Rev. Bertin Mwanya’s trip to the consular officer of the US embassy in Kinshasa for a visa to the 2011 ACGC Triennial was postponed. He petitions prayer for the safety and rest of Kinshasa, as well as the entire country, especially during their general elections.
Inter-conference fellowship is strong in the DRC. The 2011 annual conference of the DRC Advent Christian Conference in May at the Living Word Christian Center in Lubumbashi featured a fellowship meeting at the Eden AC Church with all the Advent Christian pastors who were attending the conference and the Lubumbashi AC district churches. Pastors who are from outside the area also attend church services in the various AC churches across the city of Lubumbashi during the convention.
Our Burundi churches also have a very rigid system of financial accountability. New pastors are given three months to learn and effectively use their system or withdraw their application to be a pastor with this fellowship. Proper financial training and direct and mature dealing with problems are model characteristics of our Burundi conference.