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A community of Anglican Evangelists positively transforming society throughout Africa

CENTRE FOR URBAN MISSION

Centre for Urban Mission (C.U.M.) is a ministry of Church Army Africa (CAA), an institution of the Anglican Church in Africa. C.U.M. began 2002 with an intention of equipping the church so as to respond to the challenges of urbanization in Africa cities. CAA is committed to the H.E.A.L strategy (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leverage of wealth creation). C.U.M implements the H.E.A.L strategy within cities and also in rapidly urbanizing spaces within Africa cities. The Centre for Urban Mission’s overall aim is to equip church leaders in urban mission while at the same time working with local churches so as to bring about the holistic transformation of the informal settlements.

Vision

To see the transformation of the informal settlements through the ministry of the local church

Mission

Equip churches in transformational ministry through training of local pastors, evangelists, and church leaders.

OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

1: Promoting Theological Education

Focus is on trainings on urban mission; designing an urban training hub; promote urban scholarship among institutions and churches; equipping leaders so as to understand and serve in urban areas.

2: Promote access to quality education for children in the informal settlements

Promote access to quality education for children in the informal settlements

3: Promote collaboration and networking among city stakeholders so as to upscale service delivery

Aims at strengthening and creating networks in cities; build a collaborative hub; promote inter and intra city exchange visits; coordinate city wide urban consultations.

4: Provide A RESEARCH AND INNOVATION BASE IN RELATION TO URBAN MISSION WITHIN THE AFRICA CONTEXT

Invest in a research hub, commission research; participate in collaborative research; strengthen CUM programs & interventions through research and seek partnerships in the area of research.

5: Enhance capacity of local churches in the city thru innovation

Seeks to promote integral mission in local churches; nurture livelihoods, OVC trainings; nurture innovative training programs; addressing emerging issues through capacity building


6: Increase C.U.M. EFFICIENCY AND SERVICE DELIVERY THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY

Aims at strengthening local fundraising and consultancy; developing a social enterprise; explore investment; participate in collaborative fundraising and establishing a rainy day fund

C.U.M. PROGRAMMES

SHEPHERD'S INSTITUTE (SI)

  • Purpose: to leverage access to theological education among church leaders who are left out and serve in churches situated in under resourced spaces within cities
  • Aim: to transform the 3Hs Heart, Head and Hands of church leaders
  • How: through trainings, seminars and peer to peer exchange programs among church leaders

SAMARITAN STRATEGY TRAINING (SST)

Purpose: To envision the churches in the city on integral mission and holistic discipleship

Aim: Church leaders to embrace the holistic mindset and engage the whole city with the whole gospel and transform the whole person

How: Through monthly, quarterly and semi-annual trainings, seminars

CHILD AND FAMILY SUPPORT (CFS)

Purpose: Increase the access to basic education among children living in ultra-poor households

Aim: Fight poverty by making education accessible to children living in ultra-poor households.

How: Through issuing scholarships, training caregivers on livelihoods, promoting sports and life skills among children and caregivers

TRAINING OF CHILDREN WORKERS (TCW)

Purpose: Equip children workers who handle children in churches located in the informal settlements

Aim: Ensure that churches embrace holistic discipleship of children at risk within the 4/14 window in urban churches

How: Through seminars and empowerment sessions, puppetry training, trauma clinic, innovative bible camps and peer-peer exchange programs

YOUTH DEVELOPEMNT PROGRAM (YDP)

This is the program that engages with the needsof the youth in Nairobi's Informal Settlements: This programme targets youth aged 13 - 25years and has so far step up 11 after school reading programmes in partnership with the local churches, then engages the youth in life skills awareness, spiritual and character formation, sports, music, drama and enterprise based vocational training

  1. Purpose: to offer holistic care for the young people living in the informal settlements
  2. How: creating safe study spaces for children, integrating creative sport and learning, innovative learning techniques, peer-peer visitations, discipleship, mentorship, and coaching of young people living in under-resourced areas in cities

  • Enterprise Based Vocational Training
  • Schools of Hope Homework Clubs
  • Youth Resource Centre

AREAS OF GROWTH:

SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE INTERVENTIONS:

Equipping churches in the underresourced areas to prevent , address and mitigate gender based violence

RESEARCH:

Employ research so as to come up with innovative ministry ideas for churches in urban areas

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RISK REDUCTION

Equip the church in under-resourced areas in cities to mitigate,prevent ,reduce the shocks that emanate from disasters and pandemics

Meet the Centre for Urban Mission Team

Meshack: Samaritan, Strategy Training

Mercy: Child and Family Support Program

Aggrey: Shepherd's Institute Training

Daniel: Youth Development Program

Phiona : Youth Development Program/ CUM Admin

Simon : Team Leader CUM

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Centre for Urban Mission Updates 2022 Click to download

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