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Indigenous churches wrangles: Leaders urged to craft succession plans

Bishop Moyo (C) addressing church congregants

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Most indigenous churches have of late been embroiled in church leadership wrangles and this can only stop if succession policies are put in place, Council for Churches in Africa president believes.

According to CCA president, Bishop Dr. Rocky Moyo, the only way to deal with the raging fights for leadership of churches is by crafting succession policies.

He was speaking at the Jekinesheni church Passover held over the weekend in Mawunganidze village in Mutema where he was a Guest of Honour.

“Of late we have seen the fights in Mugodhi Apostolic Church and some splits that have rocked most indigenous churches.

“The only way to deal with such is by putting up clear succession policies which you can include in your constitution to safeguard against these splits,” Bishop Moyo said.

The Council for Churches in Africa leader also waded into the Jekinesheni church feud and promised to deal decisively with the break-away faction.

“I have heard that your church has been rocked by a split. The people who have led the break-away are using your songs and church regalia.

“What I want to assure you is that as CCA, we are siding with you and if it means mounting a legal challenge, we are more than prepared,” assured Bishop Moyo.

The CCA president told thousands of the congregants who were gathered at the Passover ceremony that his organisation values churches leading the role in uplifting communities.

“As an interdenominational organisation, CCA would like to see and support indigenous churches leading to the building of schools and clinics,” added the CCA president.

Bishop Moyo was flanked by some executive members of the Council for Churches in Africa.

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