Who is African Leadership?
African Leadership is a Christian leadership development organization committed to the African church and its leaders. We invest in servant leaders who are already doing the work they know their communities need by providing theological education, a framework for community development, and an opportunity to grow a sustainable, Gospel-focused mission. Founded in 2000, we are a 501C3 non-profit, based in Tennessee and with operations in countries across Africa. The organization began with the vision to train African pastors to lead and serve their local communities.
What is a servant leader?
By classic definition, a “servant leader” is one who wants to serve first. We see these leaders all over Africa – pastors, educators, local leaders – who take a hard look at their communities and take action to help solve the greatest challenges they face. They are the starting point for tackling these moral, cultural and physical struggles.
What type of work do you support in Africa?
We are committed to locally developed projects where the community identifies the needs and the appropriate response. Each project is organized into one of our five focus areas: clean water, education, economic freedom, HIV/AIDS & healthcare, and orphan care. The end goal is always to create real, sustainable solutions.
Where does African Leadership work in Africa?
African Leadership’s 11,425 students are currently enrolled in 12 countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
How are pastors trained by African Leadership?
Our core leadership development program - the Common Ground Academy - is equivalent to a foundational-level seminary or Bible college degree. The two-year program utilizes a 10-course, 2,500–page Biblical curriculum, authored by Dr. Dennis Mock. The course is available in nine languages, with two additional translations in progress. We have also developed and offer a Common Ground Handbook, formerly known as our Community Engagement & Transformation Toolkit, to equip pastors to identify and serve the needs of their community. All classes are taught by African church leaders in communities accessible to students, rather than on central campuses. This accessibility is key to our work, so that ministers may receive training they would otherwise be unable to afford while living at home and continuing to work at their jobs or farms to support their families.
Why train pastors when the needs of Africa are great?
We believe the church, unlike other institutions, is able to effectively cross geographical, tribal, and economic barriers. The common goals and collective resources of the church become the fabric that binds communities together. It is through the church that temporal and eternal gifts are distributed to those in need around the world.
How can I get involved with African Leadership?
There are a number of ways you can connect with African Leadership. Visit our Events page to see the latest opportunities. We also covet your prayers for our country directors in Africa, their families and staff, our development projects and our U.S. Staff and operations.
Who is Mocha Club?
Mocha Club, part of the African Leadership family, is an online community giving up the cost of a few mochas a month to support strategic and solution-oriented relief and development projects in Africa. Visit www.themochaclub.org to learn more!