FOWM #236 Indigenous Leader Training for the South Sudanese

FOWM #236 Indigenous Leader Training for the South Sudanese

The phenomenal growth that is happening in the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan and Ethiopia (ECCSSE) is astounding. With a total of 391 congregations and attendance of 35,923 members, the ECCSSE currently hosts the second largest population of Evangelical Covenant Church members in the Africa region, second only to the church in the DR Congo. But it is not just the numerical growth that is impressive; it is also the fact that this growth is happening through a church made up of refugees who live faithfully amid unrest, conflict, and violence. The God of peace, justice, and love is working through our brothers and sisters in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Who will lead this growing, thriving, serving church in South Sudan and Ethiopia? Currently the ECCSSE has only 64 ordained pastors. It is clear to their leaders that more pastors need to be equipped and trained. 
In an effort to make Bible training accessible and affordable, the executive board of the ECCSSE voted unanimously to open its own Bible school that would offer a two-year certificate program to provide this training. The school was named after Jerry Rice, a Covenanter who helped to start the work of ECCSSE in South Sudan. In October 2016, the Jerry Rice Covenant Bible School opened with a total of ten students.
 
Though it is still young, this school provides much-needed leadership development. Will you consider walking alongside the ECCSSE to help this school succeed in its vision to train pastors for a growing, thriving church? Your investment will enable the ECCSSE to make the Jerry Rice Covenant Bible School all it can be with qualified teachers, adequate facilities, student scholarships, and theological materials. Let’s do our part in ensuring the success of this school for the sake of the whole gospel in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

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