Our Mission

Our Mission

 

To transform lives through ecumenism, capacity building, advocacy and service delivery.

 

Our Vision2

Our Vision

One Church; United in Faith and Mission Witnessing to Jesus Christ and Transforming Lives.

Our Values2

Our Values

In pursuing its Christian calling, the Council shall uphold:

  • Integrity through accountability and transparency;
  • Stewardship through sound resource management;
  • Professionalism through competence and efficiency;
  • Partnership by collaborating with others;
  • Servant-hood through fair and humble service.
Mission & Vision

The work of the National Council of Churches of Kenya covers the entire country. To ensure that the Council is relevant to the lives and concerns of the people, research is undertaken during the development of the Corporate Plan to identify the most pressing needs in the country.

During the development of the 6th Corporate Plan (2014 – 2018), the Council sought to identify the pressing needs in each region. The issues were then consolidated and concretized the key pressing national needs.

To facilitate this, consultative forums were organized at the County and Regional levels. During these forums, representatives of the member churches and organisations as well as other stakeholders were taken through a structured process of identifying issues of concern and ranking them in order of priority. The consultations were carried out during County Coordinating Committee meetings and during Regional Committee meetings. Interviews were conducted with key county and development partners.

 

NCCK REGIONS

Security

Poverty

Education

Land

Drug Abuse

Others

 

NAIROBI

19.0%

28.6%

23.8%

9.5%

14.3%

4.8%

100.0%

COAST

8.7%

26.1%

13.0%

30.4%

17.4%

4.3%

100.0%

NYANZA

5.3%

31.6%

26.3%

21.1%

10.5%

5.3%

100.0%

WESTERN

7.1%

28.6%

21.4%

21.4%

14.3%

7.1%

100.0%

UPPER EASTERN

12.5%

25.0%

12.5%

31.3%

12.5%

6.3%

100.0%

LOWER EASTERN

9.1%

36.4%

18.2%

18.2%

9.1%

9.1%

100.0%

NORTH RIFT

11.8%

29.4%

23.5%

17.6%

11.8%

5.9%

100.0%

SOUTH RIFT

6.7%

13.3%

33.3%

26.7%

13.3%

6.7%

100.0%

CENTRAL

25.0%

15.0%

10.0%

25.0%

20.0%

5.0%

100.0%

Cumulative

11.7%

26.0%

20.2%

22.4%

13.7%

6.1%

100.0%

 

As such, the most pressing National Needs are:

 

 

 

Description of the National Needs:

Poverty

Government data indicates that 57% of Kenyans live below the poverty line, which has been set at 1.46$ per day in urban areas and 0.68$ in rural areas. In Nairobi, for example, richest 10% of the population control 45% of the income, while the poorest 10% control only 1.3% of the income. Further to this, 70% of the youthful labour force is unemployed. As such, poverty is one of the most debilitating conditions afflicting many Kenyans, including believers in the churches. It hinders them from accessing proper medical care and education, and limits them from demanding good services as well as accountability from duty bearers. In this Corporate Plan period, the Council will endeavour to drive the economic empowerment of Kenyans so as to reduce the poverty levels.

 

Land

As a factor of land is one of the most important resource in the country. Most of the communities have a sentimental attachment to land, always considering it to be an ancestral right for ownership. The access to, acquisition of, and usage of land remains a defining factor of relations between Kenyan communities. For many people, increased poverty, unemployment and negative ethnicity are caused by lack of access to land, even though the younger people are ordinarily more interested in salaried employment rather than engaging in commercial agriculture. Land ownership in Kenya is complicated by the fact that a few individuals own large tracts of land while hundreds of thousands of Kenyans live in deplorable condition. The most affected region is the Coast region where land issues stem back to pre-independent era. Rift Valley too has its own share of land problems. Land has therefore been the key underlying cause of conflicts in the country over the decades. Land issues have dominated the political landscape with politicians promising to address the emotive issue when seeking elective positions. Regrettably, the Ndung’u Report on land is yet to be acted upon. For Kenya to attain Vision 2030 there must be concrete, sober and lasting solutions to land issues. Thus, NCCK will initiate capacity building and advocacy interventions aimed at engaging land issues beyond issuance of title deeds and promote agriculture that is less dependent on rain to create jobs, address perennial food shortage and address historical injustices.

 

Education

Over the years, the Kenyan education system has faced a myriad of challenges leading to a sharp decline in quality and relevance. The greatest challenge has however been the failure by the system to inculcate values in the learners, resulting in the current situation where Kenyans exhibit low regard for self and others, while a pervading self-centeredness limits the sense of responsibility towards the nation, environment and one’s neighbours. This Corporate Plan outlines the interventions the Council will make aimed at ensuring that education in Kenya is accessible, value based and relevant.

 

Drug Abuse

Drug and substance abuse has spread across the country, with a massive impact. Thousands of young people have been rendered virtually unproductive as the drugs limit their intellectual and physical capacities. Alongside hard drugs is heavy intake of alcohol which has had massive social effects including family breakdowns. The Council will under this Plan support measures to empower families and communities to address the root causes of drug and substance abuse.

 

Security

Security has deteriorated in many parts of the country due to poor policing coupled with rising unemployment and lack of political goodwill . The situation has worsened as youths join to form criminal gangs that terrorize residents. To address insecurity, the Council will advocate for effective policing while also contributing to resolution of the core causes of insecurity.

 

 

Most Pressing Church Needs

Appreciating that the NCCK needs to address the issues and concerns of member churches and organsiations, the research preceding the 6th Corporate Plan sought to establish their concerns and needs. The needs identified in this regard are those issues and shortcomings that hinder the achievement of the missions and objectives of the churches.

The needs were identified and ranked by the representatives of the membership, and will largely be addressed through the Capacity Building for Membership programme.

 

 

 

Economic Needs

Member churches continually face the challenge of the lack of adequate funds to facilitate fulfillment of the mission work. This largely arises from the low amounts of offerings given by the worshippers. Most churches therefore have challenges construction sanctuaries and ministry facilities, paying workers, maintaining preachers undertaking gospel campaigns or providing social services. The Council will therefore works to support the churches and organisations to enhance their income generating capacities in addition to improving the economic welfare of the worshippers.

 

Marriage

The institution of marriage in Kenya is going through a challenging period. There has been witnessed a sharp rise in cases of divorce and separation, which portends social instability. Within the churches, there is a lack of qualified counsellors who can support worshippers. The result is that those in marriage find themselves poorly equipped to parent their children, leading to increased cases of delinquency. To remedy this, the Council works with the member churches and organisations to organize Family Life Education forums to build the capacities of the people.

 

Spiritual

 The primary business of gospel ministers is to provide Biblical knowledge with the people. There therefore exists a strong need to build the capacities of the ministers by supporting them to undergo theological training. Further, there is need for development of Bible Study and Sunday School teaching materials. The Council works with the churches through initiatives to facilitate the capacity building of ministers and ministries.

 

Health

The main concern in this area is with regard to care for the persons living with HIV, and challenges in addressing the high levels of stigma against such. In most churches, indicators are that persons infected with HIV are ostracized. This is largely because most churches have not put in place systems and programmes to support them. The Council supports the churches by building their capacities of clergy and laity in providing care and support to persons infected with HIV.

 

Others

The other needs identified during the process have to do with leadership and governance. The main one is the lack of democracy in some churches, poor succession planning, and corruption. The Council thus works with churches by undertaking extensive and intensive organizational development measures so as to upscale the governance and administrative skills within the churches. 

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