In Summary
  • A section of the church’s believers are now coming out to question the calibre of pastors who make it to their pulpits.
  • The advent church is also in a period where youth have been trooping to theology schools, more so to Bugema and Baraton universities, and other colleges such as Nyanchwa Adventist.
  • Concern is also being raised as to how SDA church title deeds have since left the villages and found their way to the headquarters where they are ‘kept’.

Lately, the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church has been marred by controversy in what some commentators have attributed to tribalism and corruption.

But a section of the church’s believers are now coming out to question the calibre of pastors who make it to their pulpits.

“Did they join the ministry as a calling or because SDA is an equal opportunity employer?” posed one faithful.

“Today, performance of the pastor is not about the soul; it is about how much you surrender to the conference (church’s respective headquarters),” said Joshua Square, a member of Nyabimwa SDA church in Bonchari constituency — South Kenya Conference (SKC).

He adds that “the preaching itself is tilted with an emphasis on tithes and offerings”.

THEOLOGY

The advent church is also in a period where youth have been trooping to theology schools, more so to Bugema and Baraton universities, and other colleges such as Nyanchwa Adventist.

Evangelist Joyce Mwango did not attend any theology school yet she has been ministering in the SKC.

“It doesn’t matter whether I studied theology or not. It is always about letting the word sink and touch the hearts of God’s children,” she says.

According to a source in the Kenya Lake Conference, who is privy to the goings-on in the SDA, graduate pastors are paid by respective conferences salaries.

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