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Invested in Leadership

version-2The Crossing is strategically investing in pastoral and chaplaincy leadership in Kenya. This builds the capacity of church leadership with solid theological training. It also provides better prepared chaplains for police and army units. These men can especially impact areas of culture where historically there has been a tendency for graft.

The Crossing provides scholarships for pastors and chaplains to obtain theological education at Covenant College of Theological Studies and Leadership in Nairobi. We congratulate the recent graduating class of pastors and chaplains.

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-52-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-57-pmJoel Kavala serves Covenant as Academic Dean, while Stephen Kiura serves as Principal. These men also serve on our Kenya Advisors Council (KAC). This group of Kenyan pastors and missionaries help us monitor and connect with partner projects in Kenya.

Joel is a former scholarship recipient and candidate for Masters graduation from Westminster Theological Seminary Uganda (WTSU is now in the process of becoming accredited as ARTS: Africa Reformation Theological Seminary.) His hope is to obtain PhD education through a low residency seminary in South Africa.

Scholarships for theological education in Uganda and Nairobi are generously provided through Kenya Christlike Leadership Program (KCLP) which was founded in 2009 by Crossing members concerned with transforming communities in Kenya through the gospel. One means of achieving this is enlarging the Christlike leadership capacity of key members of the church and community.

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Mission Spotlight: Kenya

One of the main reasons The Crossing started partnerships in Kenya was a desire to train and equip indigenous church leaders to effectively take the gospel to their own people. We are motivated by love for the Kenyan people and a desire for them to know God more deeply. Since 2006, The Crossing has been growing our cooperative connection with New City Fellowship-Nairobi, our main partner church in Kenya, and with the AEPC (African Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

Most AEPC congregations in Kenya are very poor. Almost all are located in remote rural areas, though a few serve urban slum and ethnic minority populations. AEPC pastors are rarely able to complete bible courses at the 2-year diploma level, much less strive for bachelors or masters degrees in theology.

Our partnerships in Kenya now include:

  • pastoral education (including BATS and MATS)
  • Christlike leadership development
  • church planting
  • mentoring indigenous evangelists to reach their own ethnic groups
  • emergency relief
  • racial and tribal reconciliation
  • education and healthcare for marginalized populations including:
    • orphans and vulnerable children
    • refugees