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We have gathered all of The Scratch’s updates regarding the ongoing church conflict in Nairobi, Kenya here so you can get all the information you need in one place! We’ve also included the dates our updates were posted as well as a link back to the Weekly Brief where they are located.
Elders from the Nairobi Central SDA Church have registered a new conference after a conflict over the selection of church officials and accusations of misconduct by two pastors resulted in factional splits. While the church is a part of the Central Kenya Conference (CKC), this new conference, called the Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC), was registered on March 15, 2019. They have also opened bank accounts and have begun calling for people to direct their tithe to the NCC instead of the CKC. The CKC has fired back by disowning the NCC and claiming it is not recognized by the worldwide Adventist Church.
On July 20, a video circulated on social media of a scuffle on stage during a meeting at the Nairobi Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting took place to seek ways to move forward after a group known as the Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC) attempted to separate from the church, but failed in court. The desire for separation began in 2018 after accusations of misconduct arose against the church pastors during the selection of new church officials. This is the situation Ted Wilson, GC President, tweeted about in January 2019 (and the one The Scratch reported on in April). It’s claimed that members of the church boycotted a communion service back in January to express discontent with church leadership. On December 23, 2018, elders of the church locked the pastors’ offices, requiring the intervention of Central Kenya Conference officers and local police to regain access. A letter was written by the church’s first elder, Enock Kinara, to Ted Wilson and others in the US pleading for help as the pastors had not reconciled successfully since the incident in December. While reports of a full-blown fisfight are unconfirmed and the video is unclear, a physical altercation of some sort is confirmed. It is also reported that Head Pastor Jean Pierre Maywa was “roughed up” during the altercation. The church has yet to release an official statement.
The ongoing Adventist congregational struggle in Nairobi has escalated further, as another congregation (tallying up to three now) is splitting from the Central Kenyan Conference (CKC) to join the newly formed Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC). The KPCU SDA Church in Mowlem, Nairobi cites a lack of transparencyin the 2015 election process as the reason for their split. Their split follows two other congregations that have separated from the CKC and joined the NCC. A fourth congregation may break from the CKC, but this is not yet confirmed.