Equip Leaders for the Church Locally and Globally
“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
Acadia Divinity College is a gathered and global community. Our students come from Atlantic Canada and around the world. Online, and in person, they gather to be equipped and sent out on God’s mission.
Here, as we learn together, the needs of the world church come into focus: 90% of the world’s Christian leaders have no access to theological education. Increasingly, governments in Africa and Asia are requiring church leaders to have an accredited theological education, and opportunities are few. ADC aims to support the training of pastors for the church here in Atlantic Canada, and as far away as Rwanda.
Emmanuel (Emma) Batumbya is one of these pastors. Growing up in Uganda as a refugee, Emma served in various leadership roles in his local church while earning his high school diploma and a Bachelor of Education. In 2004 he and two colleagues returned to Rwanda to plant New Life Bible Church in Kigali, the capital and largest city in the country. The congregation quickly grew to be a vibrant community of more than 3000 people.
With the new educational requirements, Emma knew he needed formal theological training to ensure the Church could remain open. However, there is only one accredited theological school in Rwanda. After he was accepted to several Canadian seminaries, Emma enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at ADC. “There are many good schools in Canada,” says Emma. “I chose Acadia Divinity College because I could tell that Christ is alive here. When I discovered that ADC doesn’t charge international students extra fees, I felt like an equal. When I walk into the class, I know we are all treated equally in that room. That’s important to me.”
Your support enables us to equip leaders for the church locally and globally. ADC, and our local churches, are deeply enriched by having students like Emma study with us. Emma and the church in Rwanda are enriched by having ADC offer the education they need to thrive. Please give generously to help ADC meet the needs of the church today, close to home, and far away.
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