‘CCAP synods, a great shame’


The General Assembly of the Church of Central Africa Presbetarian (CCAP) has described as great shame the conflicts in the three synods of Malawi namely Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Blantyre.

CCAP General Assembly Moderator Reverend Dr. Timothy Nyasulu said this on Saturday when asked to comment on divisions dogging Kanengo CCAP whose members broke away from Livingstonia Synod in protest against Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango’s dismissed as church minister.

Mhango and the Synod are at loggerheads after he refused to be transferred from Kanengo CCAP.


Nyasulu said the General Assembly is concerned with the way the leadership in the three synods handle misunderstandings.

Said Nyasulu: “The wrangles are not only haunting Livingstonia Synod but are also prevalent in Nkhoma and Blantyre synods. In Nkhoma Synod, we hear some ministers are not happy with the allegations of the missing K60 million at the secretariat; while in Blantyre Synod, we hear politics amongst the ministers is taking centre-stage. What is wrong with our churches?”

Nyasulu said a recent meeting in Lilongwe with the Assembly General Secretary revealed that political influence had impact on the leadership of the synods and that the quality of leadership at the synods was also a concern.


“These conflicts are putting the church members to shame not only here in Malawi but also other synods in Lusaka, Zambia and Harare in Zimbabwe,” said Nyasulu.

He said the General Assembly leadership will not sit idle and watch the circus going on in Malawi’s three synods but will summon them to find solutions.

“We are not taking this as some entertainment. This is bad. The church is salt of the world, the light of the world and religious leaders are supposed to set good examples to the nation. It pains me to see in-fighting taking place in churches. The committee under the General Assembly is ashamed of such conflicts and fear that such conflicts can mislead dedicated church members,” said Nyasulu.

The CCAP General Assembly is the mother body of all the synods.

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