Number of Countries: 8
Number of Districts: 9
Membership: 27 165
The Africa Central Field is comprised of francophone, lusophone, and hispanophone countries, where the people are surrounded by great difficulties – including war, poverty, and political unrest – but are filled with hope and great potential. Compared to other fields in Africa, it is fairly young and characterized by first-generation leadership. Most Nazarene churches have only been led by one pastor since establishment.
The field is working toward enabling upward mobility through applying the Gospel to the full scope of people’s lives. The Central Field uses evangelism, compassionate ministries, and education as a way to raise up the next generation of leaders. Our goal is to have a thriving church with the means to support its ministries and continue to bring the gospel to unreached areas across the entire field.
The field has a vision for the local people to take on the initiative to fulfil the calls that God has given each of them to serve, and we believe that this will involve churches planting new churches and leaders training new leaders. The Church in the Central Field has seen rapid growth through the use of the Jesus Film for evangelism. The field facilitates the following: leadership development; integrated theological education; mobilization of young adults; children’s ministries; urban outreach; and community engagement through compassionate ministries.
The Central Field is working toward establishing a unified vision for reaching collective goals. Working in unison for the good of the Kingdom, we are focusing on creating an atmosphere of training and education within each local church, allowing leaders to continue to reach new believers for Christ and train future leaders within the Church of the Nazarene.
The Central Field is committed to contributing to the creation and development of a new generation of African leaders from each country within the field.
Field Strategy Coordinator: Rev. Mario Martinez