Women voice in Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (C.C.A.P). Malawi - Acritical Evaluation Especially with Nkhoma Synod
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Women are left out in Nkhoma Synod in that they are not allowed to be in leadership position, as church ministers, following the biblical patriarchy. Secondly, women are not offered theological trainings. The purpose of this case study is to critically evaluate the role of women in the church today. This paper gives a background of CCAP Malawi and Nkhoma Synod and how women have been viewed since the introduction of Christianity in the central region of Malawi. In addition, how this in turn has contributed to the development of the congregations and the Synod as a whole. This study also reveals how Christianity influenced culture and traditions in society of Malawi’s Central Region. Women represent 65% of the Church membership. Best tools helps one to have a good result, in this case study, gender and power, and ecumenical diakonia theories were used to help answer the research question. Observations and interviews were done with influential leaders and ministers of congregation, women in the leadership positions and in laity. Secondly, published and unpublished sources have been used together with internet sources. The paper has analyzed and explored the need for Nkhoma Synod to address gender and power issues, being a Church and a diaconal actor. The paper suggests the need to transform and empower the women in all areas of the church existence.