AFRICA COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF PASTORS
Fewer than five percent of Rwandan pastors have received formal theological training. This lack of training leaves most pastors in Rwanda poorly equipped to lead and disciple their existing congregations. ACT will provide non- traditional Biblical education leading to an accredited Bachelor of Theology degree for pastors who have nowhere else to turn.
ACT’s student body will consist primarily of pastors associated with the Forum of Born Again Churches of Rwanda (FOBACOR), a network of 150 emerging Rwandan churches and denominations led by Africa New Life President Charles Mugisha Buregeya. The program will begin with a one-year certificate program, allowing the pastors to earn a basic certificate in theology as they adjust to regular study and complete any high school education they lack. Students will then earn a diploma, the equivalent of our Associates degree in the USA, and finally a Bachelor of Arts in Theology.
Volunteers led by Dr. Garry Friesen of Multnomah University have collected and prepared a 16,000- volume theological library for ACT. This library, one of the largest in Rwanda, will provide unprecedented resources for pastors and the public.
Every ACT student pays for a portion of his or her own education, but sponsorships/scholarships will be needed for each student to help fill the gap in the program costs. All sponsorships and scholarships will be administered through Africa New Life to help cover all program costs for the college (faculty, building expenses, classroom materials, room and board, etc.). During the initial phase of the college, Kigali-based students will attend evening classes five days per week. In a future phase, rural pastors will attend intensives three months out of the year while living on campus, and spend the rest of the year applying what they have learned in their own churches.
$2600 provides a scholarship for one student for one year in the program. There are several ways a church, organization or individual can sponsor an ACT student:
Anonymous Sponsorship: give $2600 per student per year to cover the costs for a student selected by Africa New Life who has not already received a scholarship. No contact is made between the donor and the student
One Year Sponsorship: give $2600 per student for a single year sponsorship for a student selected by Africa New Life who has not already received a scholarship. Africa New Life will facilitate one-way communication from the student to the donor two times during the year of sponsorship, via written letter or video.
Long-term Sponsorship: pledge $2600 per student per year over the course of a student’s entire education (4-5 years). The donor will be linked to the same student for the scholarship. Africa New Life will facilitate one-way communication from the student to the donor two times per year, via written letter or video. The donor will be able to visit the student in Rwanda on a Africa New Life Ministries Team Trip.
Ongoing Scholarship: commit to provide one or more annual scholarships for selected ACT students. The scholarship, which can be named for the donor, can be administered through the donor’s own selection process using photos and biographies of scholarship candidates. Ongoing scholarships can be awarded to a different student each year or can be awarded to the same student throughout his or her education (4-5 years). Scholarship may also have additinoal requirements, such as sustained minimum GPAs. Africa New Life will facilitate one-way communication from the student to the donor two times per year, via written letter or video.
Scholarship Fund: contribute any amount to a general scholarhip fund that will be administered by Africa New Life Ministries. This fund will encompass a collection of gifts from many donors. Africa New Life will select the recipients, amounts and criteria for scholarships from this fund. No contact is made between the donor and the student.