FPFK General Secretary
Message From General Secretary
God in Your Mercy Transform Us Today
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40: 30-31 NIV).
The Society Today
Beloved, we live in challenging times today. We have seen many people of great repute falling by the way side. Those who we depended upon as our mentors and role models are increasingly becoming rare. The society is fast losing its taste. The values that we held onto are fast disappearing. As the Pentecostal family, we are in danger of losing taste and heritage as we water down the gospel by allowing some individuals with tricks to infiltrate the ministry. Our dailies and social media are awash with scandals some of which are even threatening to break the fabric of our society. There is infighting within leadership and some of these are to do with temporal goods. Some of the people we trusted to steward our resources are busy searching for ways to loot. The moral fabric of our society is slowly breaking down bringing a lot of worries as our youths are becoming desperate as days go by. This calls for the prophetic voice of the Church to be raised so as to give direction to our Society.
Bishop Walter O. Andhoga
Rekindling the Spirit of Revival
What transforms us today and drives the movement spirit? How come that churches and parachurch organizations that were started with strength and vitality are either showing signs of weakening or just extinct? The last five years alone, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of churches and para church organizations and we have often posed similar questions. How come that men and women of great faith have lost the first love, energy and drive and are now moving on in their own strength. How comes even the best of organizations can lose their vision. Bureaucracy and red tape step in. Our Pentecostal fire needs to be rekindled to give us the vibrancy we all long for.
It is in this context that the prophet Isaiah rises and reminds us of the fact that even the strong can grow weary and worn out. Even those considering themselves as strong can become weak and weary and lose their strength. But in the midst of all this, we serve a God who is able to renew our strengths. We can still rise up and go the cross of Jesus Christ for forgiveness. Yes, please join hands with me as I say God in your mercy remember us and transform us today. Let me reflect briefly on how together within the FPFK we can be and remain transformed
people practice true repentance. Revival dies without repentance. This is not God’s will. Repentance is the key to living in the sustained, lasting fruit of spiritual outpouring.
- Secondly, we need to listen more to the leading of the Holy Spirit: The Church today will
only make a difference if it listens to the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She is indeed going through doubts best expressed in a song “The Church is one Foundation”. The true character of the church is revealed. The Church united, the church in danger of being destroyed by schisms, and yet the church will remain focused on the return of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We need to go back to the upper room experience and allow the fire of the Holy Ghost to light our hearts again.
2. We also need to encourage a culture of reflection and learning. None of us has a monopoly of knowledge. One of the key challenges today is how we are growing and nurturing a leadership that can be perceived by many as dictatorial and overbearing. What the leader says is final. He is the Pastor. He is the worship leader. He is the one who makes announcements. There is very little in terms of innovation and seeking out to rediscover the God who renews. We must develop the humility to listen and be taught. Where are men and women of humility in our midst today. How come that we have allowed arrogance to creep into church leadership? Do we ever have the patience to listen? Churches today are in danger of being divided if our focus is turned away from God. As Pastors and leaders we need to lead with humility.
3. We need to travail in prayer before God:
We want to thank God for men and women in our midst who talk less but pray more. They are hardly noticeable. They are often behind the scenes. They make things happen. But they are shy to be on the front line. Such prayers have to be deeply rooted in scripture. How do we hold on to biblical imperatives when very little of the Bible is talked about: We have been socialized to listen more to contemporary issues and dwell on them without interrogating them through the lense of scripture.
Celebrating Our Achievements
FPFK Churches are steadily growing and more efforts are needed in planting new churches and growing the existing ones so as to fulfill our strategic plans. We would like to implore on all our members to join hands in reaching to the unreached people in our communities and also to support the work in our Churches.
The journey towards reviewing the FPFK Constitution has been long and tedious. In the last AGM it was finally approved and the process of registration at the attorney general’s office began. The process of approval at the Registrar of Societies office took longer than anticipated. It was not until late December 2018 that it was finally approved with some changes from the original document. The Registrar of Societies instructed that objectives 2.7, 2.9.4 and 2.9.7 be deleted because they are unsuitable for a society. The name
change from Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya to Free Pentecostal Church was also declined.
A number of policies were developed and some existing ones reviewed in order to align them with the current constitution. These included: anti-corruption policy, HR policy, Finance and Procurement policy, Internship policy, complaints and complement policy, Asset policy, IT policy and safety and security policy. These policies will go a long way in guiding us as a church in our day to day activities. Our stakeholders need to familiarize themselves with the constitution and policies.
FPFK held a partners consultative meeting in Nairobi with our partners from Norway and Sweden in the beginning of May where fruitful discussions concerning our work was discussed. These forums are quite healthy in enhancing
The Church today will only make a difference if it listens to the leading of the Holy
Spirit to guide her. She is indeed going through doubts
best expressed in a song “The Church is one Foundation”.
The true character of the church is revealed. The Church united, the church in danger of being destroyed by schisms, and yet the church will remain focused on the
return of our savior and Lord
our network and promoting our joint ventures.FPFK is committed to deepen our engagement with our partners from Scandinavia and any other country.
In May again there was another fruitful meeting with UKIAMKA and Nordic partners which took place in Kigali Rwanda. This fellowship aimed at engaging religious leaders from Pentecostal Churches in Nordic countries together with leaders in Africa especially those within UKIAMKA network. A conference is planned for October 2019 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The forum aims at mentoring the emerging young leaders in our Churches.
The National Pastors and Leaders conference took place in Thessalia in November as planned. The attendance was quite low though the meeting was good. We would like to thank all the Regions that contributed food items and cash to cater for the
conference. Again we take note and appreciate the women leaders who contributed immensely to the conference by providing bottled water for the conference. In the future we would like to engage more Churches to support the conference by providing food items which will reduce the expense and enable the conference to proceed uninterrupted. We want to appeal to our pastors and leaders to give due attention to these national conferences and attend in large numbers.
The national women and youth elections were carried in December and new members were elected. We would like to congratulate the outgoing team and wish well the new teams who have been elected into the office. We ask our pastors and leaders to give the new team a good support to enable them carry out their work effectively.
The Way Ahead
Beloved we have not arrived. It is our prayer that God in his mercy will transform us in many ways so that we are ready to serve his church. As we move forward there are needs to we
want to prioritize
There is a need to strengthen the various ministries in FPFK such as Men Fellowship, children’s ministries and others so as to enable the Church grow in all fronts. Strengthening ministries will include, and not limited to, capacity building in areas where there are gaps. These include strategic planning, leadership development and governance, basic financial and administrative skills
The number of our members joining the Bible school is still low and we would like to appeal to our churches to increase their efforts and send students to the bible school. There are also ongoing trainings in our course centers which need to be enhanced. There is an urgent need for our pastors and leaders to undergo some refresher trainings so as to cope with the ever changing religious landscape in our country. The use of ICT in our churches is still quite a challenge. More efforts need to be put in place to adapt to the current state of affairs.
Our fundraising endeavor is still low and many of the Churches have not been faithful in remitting their 15% contribution to the Head Office. We urge you to do so in order for the Head Office to discharge her mandate. For the Churches who have been faithful in giving their contributions, I would like to congratulate you for the work well done.
In conclusion, allow me to take this opportunity to invite all of us here present to join hands with us as we celebrate our achievements. Going forward, our message is all about hope. Indeed, those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. AMEN May God bless FPFK and bless all of us.
Bishop Walter O. Andhoga
FPFK General Secretary
FPFK Kindaruma Guest House (Nairobi)