Ecclesia Communautaire du Congo (ECC) which translates to the Community Church of Congo is the umbrella body for all the Protestant churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ECC is the church while all others are communities that coalesce into ECC as the church. The ECC as an organisation is structured into various departments and programmes through which it serves the Church and communities in the larger Congo as follows.
1. Evangelism: Life of the church Missions work
2. Christian Education
3. Diaconia: Social work of the church
4. Women and Family
6. Administration and Finance
While on my week-long visit to Kinshasa, I got a chance to interact with the Community officials, particularly the 2nd National Chairman Rev Dr Milenge Mwene-Lwata. ECC partners with organizations from all walks of life to impact the Congolese people and the partnership with CMS-Africa has borne fruit in many ways.
Milenge confirmed having a good working relationship with CMS-Africa and thanked God for CMS-Africa sending them Jeff Sikabwe who has been of great help to the Body of Christ in Congo. Through the support given to Jeff by CMS-Africa in training and equipping him as a leader, ECC has benefited. Jeff has continued to transfer greatly valuable skills and values to the Church of Congo. He has in the last 6 years served in various capacities at ECC including being the Programmes Manager. He is currently the one in charge of the church microfinance project in Congo.
Rev. Dr. Milenge continued to accord Jeff an office and working place at ECC from where he can reach all the churches of Congo. ECC is organized into 6 departments that serve the body of Christ in Congo.
To date, there are over 80 protestant church denominations operating under ECC. This accounts for over 31 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The church has continued to play a critical societal transformation role in all spheres of life. To date, there are over 19, 000 primary and secondary schools sponsored by ECC.
ECC also prides itself with over 50 universities scattered across Congo. In the ‘Health’ sector, ECC accounts for over 65% of the medical facilities within DRC.
In the political arena, ECC has not been left behind as senior political figures in today’s regime are from the various ECC affiliate churches. From the President, his deputy, the prime minister, over 10 ministers, the chief justice, the elections boss, the police chief and even the Human Rights body head all profess the Christian faith under the ECC. Even most, if not all, the opposition leaders in Kinshasa are members of the churches under ECC.
By John Ndeta