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  1. Thanks for your article .As a person that serve on the AJC in 2000 to 2004 i am saddened at the absolute lack of progress in the situation of the overseas districts.The bishops elected in 2004 were suppose to enhance the overseas position do not fulfill the dreams and expectations of the overseas districts.At 2004 we believed that we should have 5 bishops from Africa on the bench.Today after 3 quadrennuims we still only have 3 bishops serving only on the continent of AFRICA.
    THE IDEA OF INDIGENOUS BISHOPS were not followed up further.WE in the AJC discussed the idea of bishops of AFRICA being paid and elected by the people of AFRICA.This idea came after Dr RICHARD LEWIS made it clear that we can have as much bishops as we want as long as we pay them.We at one point were mandated to work on an alternative budget for the overseas districts.IT WOULD HAVE PAID FOR BISHOPS SALARY FROM THE EPISCOPAL DISTRICTS THAT THEY SERVE AND NOT FROM THE CONVENTIONAL BUDGET!THE MAJOR IMPLICATION WAS THAT THE SALARIES AND PRIVELEGES OF BISHOPS BE BROUGHT IN LINE WITH THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PEOPLE THEY SERVE!THE OPPOSITION FROM BISHOPS KILLED THIS IDEA.THE DECISION TO EQUALIZE THE SALARIES OF OVERSEAS BISHOPS WITH THE BISHOPS FROM DISTRICTS 1—13 IN 2008 REALLY KILLED THE HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS OF OVERSEAS CANDIDATES FOR EPISCOPACY !
    I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE OVERSEAS THAT CAN SERVE THEIR PEOPLE IN THE EPISCOPACY WITHOUT DEMANDING THE COMFORTS THAT ARE GIVEN TO BISHOPS BY THE FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES
    IF IT IS ABOUT SERVICE AND GROWTH THEN THE RENUMERATION SHOULD NOT BE THE ISSUE

  2. this is the kind of picture that has lasted for a long time in the GDC . I have attended a few times up till the fares were hike such that the ordinary African living in the south must think before attending. the weakness with the region especially the some parts of the south is FEAR. we are made to fear the Bishops such that even useful information will never be utilised. example if an African goes silent it does not mean he agrees but most of the time he is scared you will be angry if he disagrees . when the leadership from the US come this side they need to ask us what kind of nation they are we then we work on. the other confusion is the Big brother effect, the countries with big economies throw their weight over the smaller countries such that the smaller countries withdraw their participation.The greater church does not support initiatives that work well in growing the church this side of the ocean.so the net effect is our thinking power lies with the economy not the belief of inclusiveness the founder had

  3. This was truly a good report. Your insight with the church as a whole, let’s us know WE have work to do!!! Me personally I think the AME Church need an “Overhaul ” !!!! The people at the lower end should be heard!!! Thank you and God bless you for the work you have done.

  4. Thank you Editor,
    1.The issue of reenumerations for those already elected is killing the spirit of church growth in the district 14-20.
    2.The Big brother issue is also another,People,communities ,cities and towns should be classified according to their levels so to grow together, not that a less developed community should not be painfully pulled up by the developed community.
    3. The Bishops assigned to the District 14-20 should save at list two teams.to ensure development plans.
    4.The conference boundaries in the the districts should be relined to the cultural and traditions of the Natives not as per colonial set ups.
    5.Africa as an example is the most fragmented Continent with the mixture of all foreign cultures, languages and also the mixed economy,therefore A.M.E Church should not be bound by the colonial boundaries ,for example Malawi,Mozambique South Africa and Zimbabwe they share most of their traditional languages such Shona ,Ndebele,Nyanja,Chewa Ndau Shagani etc. These countries only differ in the second languages that is Portuguese in Mozambique and English in other countries.

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