Ngozi, June 16, 2024 – The Sixth General Conference of the Free Methodist Church in Burundi concluded its work today. The conference aimed to review the projects carried out by the Church, plan future initiatives for the coming years, and elect leaders within the General Conference.

Bishops from Kenya, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo attended the conference to observe the elections. They expressed their gratitude to the Free Methodist Church in Burundi for the remarkable progress made in organizing the elections. Bishop Lubunga of the DRC said, “In the past, the elections of Church leaders were often chaotic, just like those in the country in general. Thank God, these elections were held in exemplary calm and serenity.”

Bishop Samuel Kayinamura, of the World Conference of the Free Methodist Church, who also represented the World Council of Bishops, stated that this Sixth General Conference was an exemplary success for all Churches.

During the worship service, the preacher reminded the Church that the world needs answers to the many current challenges, and that only believers in Christ can provide those answers. “He who has accepted Christ is no longer an ordinary person,” he insisted, adding that believers are called to be “a people chosen by God to do works that glorify Him” as written in the Bible (1 Peter 2:9).

He also urged the congregation to rise up and share the good news, as many people are suffering and are held captive by Satan. He stressed that people cannot believe in someone they have not heard of, as Romans 10:14 indicates. God sends us to proclaim this message to the community so that they may turn to Christ and thus glorify God through their actions.

The Free Methodist Church in Burundi will now adopt a new slogan aimed at encouraging personal transformation and glorifying God. The Church’s new slogan is: “Transformed Christians, glorifying God by being the light of Christ in their community,” based on Matthew 5:16.

God calls us to be a light that shines before men, so that they may see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father. The Sixth General Conference concluded in peace and with many blessings, and it should serve as a foundation for teaching believers and expanding the Church’s influence in all areas of our country.

Last modified: June 19, 2024