Archbishop of Burundi highlights the importance of clergy training...

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We understand the church to be a living instrument of God, for reconciliation, justice and peace.

So says, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Burundi. Niall was able to meet with him on a recent trip to Burundi and sat down to chat to him about building church in Burundi.

Today, Burundi still bears the scars of a 30-year civil war, which ended with the signing of a peace agreement in 2006. Throughout that time the church has seen its mission as being one centred around preaching, teaching and healing. That role remains as important today as it ever has, with Burundi making the sometimes bumpy journey, towards peace and stability.

In this short 3-minute interview, Archbishop Bernard shares his passion for training clergy who can inspire and equip the people of faith to continue in this mission calling. He shares his belief that the church can be a positive force in the transformation of the country. The Archbishop believes that the church, at its best, is incarnational- a physical structure representing the spiritual reality of God at work amongst His people.

The 2011 CMS Ireland Annual Project Living Stones: Building Church in Burundi focuses on the dioceses of Gitega and Matana. The project looks at two sorts of ‘Church Building’ in Burundi: the investment in leaders to help the church grow as well as the construction of physical centres of worship. The resource provides an opportunity to learn more about the work in Gitega and Matana Dioceses, and life in the local communities.

The Living Stones: Building Church in Burundi project will provide support for these elements of ‘Church Building’, supporting church leader training in Matana Theological Institute and helping to construct a church in Gitega Diocese.

For more information about the Annual Project click on the link or contact our offices. The launch dates can be viewed by clicking here.

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