AFRICAN PASTORS’ CONFERENCE

Mission

African Pastors’ Conferences exists to glorify God through Jesus Christ in enabling Pastors to lead Christ-exalting Biblical churches as Christ-like servant leaders through the faithful ministry of God’s word in preaching and leading Bible-studies.

The conferences

APC provides training for pastors in the form of one to two day conferences. Most of these pastors are unable to attend seminary or any formal training due to being engaged in full-time employment, in addition to their pastoring duties. The pastors who attend need only to affirm that the Bible is their sole authority for determining right doctrine and practice.

The primary speakers at APCs are themselves, African pastors, many from Zambia. This is to ensure that the delegates understand that what APC is teaching is the Christian understanding of the Bible, not just a Western understanding.

Each pastor receives a packet of up to five free books to help with further study. In addition, the pastors and bible teachers are eligible to purchase books from many faithful authors and publishers at deep discounts.

The fruit

Thousands of pastors have been reached through the ministry of APC. In 2015 over 1650 delegates attended APCs and 14868 books were sold. Since the beginning of APCs and until the end of 2015. 8121 delegates have attended and 68 947 books have been sold. We have also received numerous reports of churches abandoning false theology. There have even been pastors converted through the ministry of APC! Recently in June 2016 there was an attendance of 223 at the Lusaka conference.

History

Though often heralded around the world as a great centre of Christianity, sub-Saharan Africa is overrun with churches preaching a mix of prosperity gospel and traditional African religion. Such false teaching prompted Pastors Errol Hulse and Irving Steggles to meet about the possibility of training conferences for African pastors in 2005. Earlier Dennis Hustedt had initiated a series of training conferences in KZN in South Africa.

African Pastors’ Conferences was borne out of a great desire to see churches in Africa undergo reformation to become more biblical in their teaching and practice. The initial run of APCs occurred in January of 2006. For the first two years, APC was a January-only phenomenon.

In subsequent years, APC continued to add conferences, eventually producing conferences throughout the year. Conferences are now held as far north as Uganda and Kenya and as far west as Nigeria.

African-Pastors-ConferencesThe need

APC works to make the ministry operate efficiently, through keeping things simple and also staying in pastors’ homes. Though APC strives to operate economically wherever possible, it is inherently an expensive ministry. The cost of shipping books from the U.K. or the U.S. coupled with the cost of transporting these books to remote locations means that the ministry needs money to operate. The cost of a single conference can run up to several thousand dollars. That’s where you can help!

Sponsor a conference

Your church can be directly involved in the training of pastors in Africa by sponsoring a conference. An individual conference can cost between $1000 and $4000. When your church sponsors a conference, you will receive updates regarding attendance and outcome of the conference. In this way, you will be more involved and better informed as to how your church can continue to pray for the delegates who attended your conference!

How to give

African Pastors’ Conferences is a ministry accountable to Birchleigh Baptist Church, Kempton Park, Republic of South Africa. The Directors are all Pastors – Errol Hulse (UK), Conrad Mbewe (Zambia), Irving Steggles (RSA) and Thomas Winn and John Divito (USA). There are two financial bases – in the UK under Reformation Today Trust and in RSA under Birchleigh Baptist Church.

“Reformation Today” is registered in the UK as a charity. Charity no: 1017000

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