Home | News    Monday 7 April 2008

Presbytery Church of the Sudan re-united and decentralized

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By James Gatdet Dak

April 3, 2008 (Malakal) – The 32nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan which convened in Malakal from March 30 to April 2, 2008 resolved to re-unite the Church and decentralize its administration after more than twenty years of separate administrations resulting from conflicts and divisions among various factions of the Church.

Delegates to the Assembly were drawn from Presbyteries all over the Sudan.

In the first two sessions of an Extra-ordinary General Assembly deliberations under the guidance and mediation of the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Assembly reconciled and united, passed a new constitution for the Church and adopted the system of decentralization of the Church into the presently established ten Presbyteries that include Abong, Akobo, Doleib Hills, Eastern Jonglei, Eastern Upper Nile, Equatoria, Northern Sudan, Western Jonglei, Western Upper Nile and Malakal Presbyteries, respectively.

The endorsed Constitution also confirmed Malakal as the General Headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan with a Moderator General as the top administrator of the Church to coordinate the work of the Presbyteries while each of the other nine presbyteries shall be headed by a Moderator.

The Constitution, however, does not restrict the number of Presbyteries to ten only and leaves it open to creation of more Presbyteries if need be as the Church expands into areas where presently there are no Presbytery Churches throughout the country.

The Constitution also stipulates that each Presbytery shall have 34 candidates to the General Assembly.

In very close but free and fair elections of nominated candidates, the General Assembly on Tuesday March 1, elected, for four years term in office, Rev. Peter Makuach Nyak as the Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan beating his rival Rev. John Both Reath by 179 to 161 votes, respectively.

He is deputized by Rev. Paul Bol Kuel who beat his rival Rev. Peter Gai Lual by 175 to 164 votes, respectively while Rev. Gideon Tai Tutdeal was elected as the Secretary General beating his rival Rev. Joseph Anai Deng by 175 to 165 votes, respectively.

Rev. James Apay Ochala was elected Treasurer beating his rival Rev. James Tor Monydit by 172 to 168 votes, respectively.

The Assembly also elected eight members to the Executive Committee at the Malakal General Headquarters one from each of the established Presbyteries.

The Church Constitution also stipulates that there shall be established eight departments to be specialized in different functions at the General Headquarters in Malakal.

Each of the nine other Presbyteries shall also elect its executive body and departments at their respective headquarters.

In his closing remarks after witnessing the elections, Dr. Riek Machar who himself is member of the Presbyterian Church congratulated the General Assembly for the successful reconciliation, unity of the Church and democratic elections.

He said the Government of Southern Sudan felt to help the Church to reconcile and re-unite after decades of divisions and conflicts.

Machar urged the leadership of the Church to work for the development of the Church in all its aspects and preserve its unity.

For more than twenty years the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan split into separate administrations during the war some of which were under the government controlled towns while others in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army liberated areas.

The Presbytery church in the liberated areas further split into many groups with bitter rivals struggling over control and administration of church congregations.

The newly elected Moderator General, Rev. Peter Makuach assured the Assembly of his commitment to work for preservation of the achieved unity of the Church as well as its development in order to smoothly and successfully carry out its spiritual duty.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


U.S. interests with the Sudan made the Darfur issue disappears from the radar 2016-09-23 20:21:06 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman U.S. only Cares for Interests U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson, John Kirby, stated on September 20, 2016 that the United States welcomes cooperation (...)

Critique of Prof. John Akec’s mistaken UN trusteeship 2016-09-18 10:28:12 By James Okuk, PhD As my part-time top boss at University of Juba, I would like to thank the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Akec for keeping his private hobby of public writing. Many intellectuals (...)

Darfur and U.S. Presidential Campaigns: Making genocide disappear 2016-09-16 23:10:38 By Eric Reeves In both the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the Darfur region of western Sudan was an unlikely but entirely appropriate topic. After all, the U.S. Congress had—in a (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan: No justice for protester killings 2016-09-23 08:03:30 (Nairobi, September 22, 2016) – Sudanese authorities have yet to provide justice to victims of a violent crackdown on anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre (...)

Kiir’s rope -à-dope 2016-09-08 12:57:35 COMMUNIQUE September 6, 2016 By Pa’gan Amum Okiech for South Sudan Reborn The United Nations Security Council, with all of its strength and power, is now being challenged by a diplomatic (...)

Sudanese students, activists are at risk of torture: HRW 2016-05-25 14:40:51 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Students, Activists at Risk of Torture Free Detainees; Investigate Abuses (Nairobi, May 25, 2016) – Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.