African Forum on Religion & Government

 

AFReG is building a movement of African leaders of integrity who are committed to transforming Africa into a Premier continent shaped by God-centered values.

The 4th African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG 4)

October 2-5, 2017, Ghana


The African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG) started as a movement in response to the question: What is the role of religion in government? The search for answers to this question led selected African Christian leaders to form AFReG with the mission of facilitating the transformation of Africa into a premier continent based on God-centered values. This transformation will be through partnership between Church and Government mostly at the national level. AFReG also seeks to collaborate with other faiths in promoting development within nations.


The first African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG 1) was held in Abuja, Nigeria, July 25-28, 2006, and was hosted by the then President of Nigeria, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo and other Nigerian Christian leaders. The theme was simply Religion and Government in Africa. AFReG 1 revealed a need to educate Church leaders in Africa on their role in national transformation and development. AFReG 2, held in Limuru, Kenya, August 18-21, 2009, had the theme, The African Church in Mission and Transformation. AFReG 3, held September 24-27, 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia, sought to address directly the kind of leadership needed for the transformation of Africa. The theme was, Empowering Leadership for Transforming Africa.


As we take another look at the era that has been described by the slogan, Africa Rising, it has become obvious that Africa cannot rise without engaging Africans in the Diaspora to address the quiet divide that has been caused by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the consequent historical reflections and their implications. The AFReG Interim Leadership Team is pleased to announce AFReG 4 will be held in Ghana from October 2 to 5 (excluding travel days). The current working theme for AFReG 4 is Africans Rising Together: Reconciliation and Reconstruction. The key events will take place at the historic Elmina Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana.


There is a great need for Africans (in Africa and in the Diaspora) to face their common history and reflect deeply on lessons that can be learned, redemptive actions that need to be taken, and the best means for collective engagement toward building a better future for coming generations. Africa Rising is not good enough; we need to work toward Africans Rising.


We invite you to pray and work with us toward a most historic AFReG 4.


In Christian Partnership,

Delanyo Adadevoh, PhD

Chairman-AFReG


PS—Kindly watch the below video for more information on AFReG 4.


PSS—If you have any questions or comments about AFReG 4, kindly email us at afreg@transformingleadership.com


Conference Costs:

Non-refundable Registration Fee:

$500 USD (Africa, Caribbean);

$800 USD (North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia)


AFReG 4 Conference Dates: 2-5 October 2017 in Elmina, Ghana


DETAILS: 


Participants should arrive in Elmina by the evening of 1 October and should depart late on 5 October or the morning of 6 October.

Registration fees cover in country expenses: transport from Kotoka International Airport in Accra on 1 October to the conference hotel venue in Elmina and back to the airport on 6 October. These fees also cover 5 nights' accommodation at the Coconut Grove Beach Hotel (1-5 October), dinner on 1 October and meals through breakfast on 6 October. Conference materials are included.

Participants are responsible for all of their own expenses for travel to and from Ghana, visas, meals enroute, personal expenses during AFReG 4 such as extra drinks, meals, phone calls, laundry, any additional nights of lodging, etc.


If you have any questions about registration fees, kindly email afreg@transformingleadership.com




Online registration links for invited participants:


International Participant Registration Form—AFReG 4


Formulaire d’Inscription des Participants Internationaux - AFReG 4




Dear AFReG Member,

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Ngwiza Mnkandla from Zimbabwe has accepted the position of serving as Interim President of the African Forum on Religion & Government (AFReG). Bishop Mnkandla brings vast experience in leadership and development, especially within the church and other NGOs. (See his biography below for details.)


With his educational background and 36 years of experience and wholehearted devotion to God, we believe he will help move AFReG forward toward the vision of a new Africa based on God-centered values.


Kindly join us in congratulating Bishop Mnkandla on his new position and wishing him great success in these new leadership responsibilities for AFReG.


Sincerely,

Delanyo Adadevoh, Ph.D.

Chairman, AFReG

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AFReG 4—Announcement of 2017 Conference Date

(see below for conference costs and online registration links)

Biographical Summary – Bishop Ngwiza Mnkandla

20 January 2017

 

Bishop Ngwiza Mnkandla is a senior management leader with 36 years of experience in leading teams. His expertise includes: vision casting, team building, project planning, implementation and monitoring (including multi-country projects), product planning and development, capacity building and training, resource mobilization from individuals and donor foundations, motivational speaking, research training and implementation, managing construction crews, business consulting and coaching.

Mnkandla joined Dawn Ministries International in 2000 as co-director for the Africa region and was responsible for church-planting movements in 10 African nations. From 2004-2005 he served as President/CEO of Dawn Ministries based at its head office in Orlando, Florida and grew the organization’s projects from 58 to 94 nations. In late 2009, Mnkandla returned to Africa to continue serving as Continental Director.

From 1996-1999, Mnkandla was director for Zambuko Trust, a micro-finance institution in Zimbabwe. Before this, from 1984-2003, he served as a senior pastor in Faith Ministries (Zimbabwe), where he developed leaders for new church plants and networked with other church organizations through the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe. Bishop Mnkandla currently serves as the Overseer for Faith Ministries Worldwide.

Mnkandla’s educational background includes a MBA from Milpark Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa, a Bachelor of Theology from the University of South Africa in Pretoria and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.

Mnkandla is married to Maureen and they have two adult children.

A Word from Bishop Mnkandla

In a few months, Africans living in Diaspora and those from the continent, from both church and government, will gather together in the epicenter of the slave trade to deliberate on their role together in transforming the future of the continent. If it pleases the Father to release His mind to us, this gathering could mark a turning point in the history of Christianity on the continent. AFReG 4 is about awakening a sleeping giant, it is about releasing the spark that will light fires across the continent as Africa's sons and daughters come together. This could very well be a game changer, which is why you cannot afford to miss it. I look forward to seeing you there. 

AFReG 4, Africans Rising Together, will feature dignitaries such as presidents and former presidents, traditional leaders, Ghana’s Atlantic coast chiefs, church leaders, and many others from Africa and the Diaspora. The forum will seek to guide participants from historical reflections of the slave trade (including a visit to the slave castle at Elmina) to reconciliation and end with delegates engaged constructively to promote the development of the African people.

AFReG has been a refreshing visionary initiative that stimulates new thinking and actions vis-à-vis good governance and productivity that will benefit Africa with a new crop of leaders.  It comes from a deep place of commitment to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and commitment to excellence in leadership in all fields that can move Africa from an identity of poverty and suffering to an identity of a continent on the move - a new Africa with visionary competent leaders. I have been committed to the AFReG vision for the last ten plus years for these reasons, and I look forward to AFReG 4 in Ghana deepening that especially as it also brings on board Africans in the diaspora.  AFReG brings hope to AFRICA.
Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi, District pastor of Adenta Evangelical Presbyterian Church and former General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches)

AFREG is a visionary forum of Christian leaders called to govern and churchmen called to form the minds and hearts of the citizens of Africa.  Its impact can scarcely be exaggerated.  May our Lord Himself preside over this gathering of His eagles, to receive and give shape to the destiny of your nations.


—Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder of Semilla