WHY AFRICA COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY?
Only around five percent of Rwandan pastors have received formal theological training. This means many pastors find themselves poorly equipped to lead and disciple their congregations, provide counseling for church members, or adequately study and teach the Scripture. But the cost of education is prohibitively high, preventing these leaders from returning to school.
New regulations set by the Rwandan parliament in July 2018, however, require all pastors to acquire and hold a bachelor’s or higher level of training in theology or a similar fieldâ€”something the majority of pastors in the nation cannot afford to do. Without this education, though, they will not be allowed to lead congregations or plant churches. The need for affordable, accessible theological training in Rwanda is therefore higher than ever.
SUPPORTING PASTORS AND MINISTRY STUDENTS
Africa College of Theology (ACT) is an internationally-accredited college offering non-traditional biblical education using a flexible, blended learning format in terms scheduled in six-week segments. This format and schedule allows students to continue ministering at their churches while they complete their training. ACT is one of the only evangelical institutions in the nation offering an accredited bachelor’s degrees in theology and Bible.
Every Africa College of TheologyÂ student pays for a small portion of his or her own education, but scholarships through Africa New Life cover the majority of tuition and other program costs. This makes ACT’s programs some of the only accessible options for pastors who wish to attain the education required to continue leading and planting churches.
In 2016, 125 students were enrolled in ACT’s traditional certificate and degree programs. Today, 350 pastors and ministry leaders are currently enrolled in these programs, while another 226 high school graduates are receiving discipleship and leadership training through the school. ACT’s additional class offerings and partnerships reach hundreds of other individuals each year. The school’s first cohort of bachelor’s students graduated in September 2018, and a new group of thoughtfully trained, passionate leaders is bringing the light of the gospel to all corners of Rwanda.
INVESTING IN QUALITY EDUCATION
ACT offers the following academic programs:
- Certificate in Christian Ministry: theological instruction for non-English-speaking pastors
- Special Certificate in Bible & Theology
- Diploma in Bible & Theology: 2-year college preparatory training in Bible, theology, and English
- Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Christian Leadership: internationally-accredited bachelor’s program with American equivalency
- TOEFL and English training
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) training
- College discipleship program
- Post-secondary discipleship and leadership training
- Leadership/training partnerships with ministries and organizations including the John Maxwell Training Center, Mending the Soul, Â EQUIP Leadership, and Eastern University’s Global Leadership and Development program
Professors at the Africa College of Theology come from both East Africa and the United States. Currently, Johnson Karamuzi servesÂ as the DirectorÂ of ACT, and Dr. Charles Mugisha, founder and president of Africa New Life, servesÂ as Chancellor and teaches classes.Â The school possessesÂ a 20,000-volume theological library, one of the largest such libraries in East Africa, which provides unprecedented resources for pastors and the public.
Men and women from Rwanda and surrounding nations make up the student body at Africa College of Theology. Many of these students are currently serving as pastors and ministers in their churches while acquiring theological training. Religious leaders from some of the largestÂ churches and networks in Rwanda have chosen to receive training at ACT. A number of additional students attend ACT’s English and TOEFL training classes and CPA certification program.
Pastor Sam is a graduate of Africa College of Theology who had prayed for many years to attend. In the video below, Pastor Sam shares his experience of becoming a servant leader and learning the value of good character through his training. Africa College of Theology is transforming leaders like Pastor Sam and blessing the nation of Rwanda.
Video by Justin Nunes of Parkway Community Church in Fairfield, California.
It costs $3,100, or about $260 per month, to send one pastor or ministry leader to Africa College of Theology for one year.Â With the nation’s new church and pastor regulations in view, Africa New Life is seeking to train as many pastors as possible in the coming years. We need your help! You, your church, or your small group can give the gift of education to passionate, dedicated Christian men and women. Click the button below to help them bring discipleship, spiritual nurturing, and leadership to communities across Rwanda!Give to Africa College of Theology