Field Strategic Coordinator – Rev. Adérito Ferreira
The Church of the Nazarene in the Lusophone field has roots dating as far back as the arrival of João Dias in 1901. Yet, the field has grown far beyond the islands and the rapid expansion at times means that we need to continue to deepen our roots. The field continues to see the ripening fruit of new ideas and new growth areas for which all praise belongs to God.
The most prominent aspect of the Lusophone Field’s identity is the fact that all but one of the countries falling under its jurisdiction are Portuguese-speaking; the only Spanish-speaking country in the field is Equatorial Guinea. This means that contextual understanding has been and continues to be imperative to the growth of the Church in countries falling within this area.
Establishing a significant place for the Church of the Nazarene in Equatorial Guinea has been a challenge, but there has been growth, nonetheless, over past 10 years.
The Lusophone Field has identified a need for strong theological schools in each country that is part of the field. While there are schools teaching Nazarene theology in Cape Verde and Mozambique, the field wishes to expand theological engagement beyond those borders. The field also plans to upgrade the Church’s seminary in Cape Verde.
In Angola, where we have a strong presence in the south of the country, the Church has a school in Lubango. Modeled after this, the field is has conceptualized an idea of a similar school in Guinea-Bissau. The Lusophone Field is also looking into partnering with the Church in Argentina to enable theological education in Equatorial Guinea.
The Church in the Lusophone Field does well with urban ministry in countries with big cities such as Angola and Mozambique, while it is more prominent in the rural areas of small countries such as Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.