serving the whole person

The Central Ethiopia Synod is one the largest (area wise) and the fastest growing Synod of EECMY, with average growth of 40 new congregations and 21,000 new converts. The Synod was established 41 years ago (in 1974) with eight congregations namely:  1/ Addis Ababa Mekaneyesus, 2. Entoto EECMY congregation, 3.Urael EECMY congregation ,4. Mekanissa EECMY congregation, 5.Lideta EECMY congregation, 6.Gullele Bethel EECMY congregation, 7. Kolfe EECMY congregation and 8. Debrezeit EECMY congregation. The name of the Synod was “Addis Ababa Synod.”

The purpose of establishing Addis Ababa synod was to organize the congregations mentioned above that were under different Synods of the Church and eventually coordinate them to proclaim the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ to Addis Ababa and its surrounding areas.

The Good news was spreading like a wild fire, breaking persecution, challenges and resistances of the Ethiopian socialist Government materialist ideology. Thus neighboring towns and most areas of the Shoa administrative region were soon started receiving Christ as their personal savior, Outreaches, congregations and Parishes were begun to be planted.

Indeed, the growth of the Kingdom of God has been costing the lives and properties of several believers. During those dark days of persecution I n Central Ethiopian Synod alone we have had 27 martyrs, several hundred believers were imprisoned, tortured, women were raped during the persecution and several hundreds lost their properties. In spite of all these atrocities, the Kingdom of God has been spreading.

Following the growth of the Addis Ababa Synod, just from eight congregations in Addis Ababa to more than one hundred, it was necessary to change the name from Addis Ababa Synod to Central Ethiopian Synod in April 1994.

Currently, Central Ethiopia Synod is rendering its wholistic ministry in Six Regional states ( Oromiya and  partly in  Amhara, Afar, Southern Nation and Nationalities, Hareri and Somali) and two Federal states: Dere Dewa and Addis Ababa. The largest area we are working is in eight Zonal Administration of Oromiya: North Shoa, West Shoa, South West shoa, Eastern Shoa (including among Kereyu Oromo), Finfine Zone, east and west Arsi, western Harergie eastern Harergie.

You can see in the chart the current statistics (2014) of CES has:

Parishes

Congregations

Preaching places

Pastors

Full time evangelists

32

448

800

455

458

 

 

 

 

 

Voluntary ministers/Ev

No. of Youth

No, of Children

Communicant Members

Total membership

275

141,010

81,800

386,320

471,300

 

IV.  The Synod has Different departments: Department of Mission and Theology, Finance Departments, and Administration Departments as well as CES- DASSC Branch office to execute its Mission and Vision.

1.  The Department for Mission and Theology (DMT) that is responsible to coordinate all the spiritual activities of the Church and the Synod units to improve the Lutheran identity in all spiritual services under giving within the Synod parishes and congregations.

The department runs 4 Section

1.1 Diakonia Service Coordination Office

The Diakonia section has been serving the synod travelling throughout the synod units to teach, build capacity of the ministers at congregations and parishes level.

In the ministry the marginalized people like, beggars, orphans, HIV/AIDS victims, elderly people sick and widows people have been reached.  For this noble ministry training and awareness given to pastors, evangelists youth leaders and women at parishes and congregation level. The coordinating office supplies items, clothes, shelter clothes, counseling and the word of God.

The vision of Diakonia ministry is to see and establish holistic transformation and quality of life of human beings with healthy environment.

To produce holistic- centered ministers for ministry both in the church and society.

-  To engage and promoting servant- leadership model

I.2   Evangelistic Outreach Coordination Office

To implement the Mandate of the Great Commission of the EECMY the Synod is working hard to reach out to the unreached areas within the Synod’s catchment areas. At present CES is running 800 outreach places.

The purpose of outreach Ministry is to reach the unreached areas to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, establish outreach places and plant congregations by deploying trained evangelists. CES is doing this in all regions mentioned above.

I.3  Children and Youth Coordination office

The Central Ethiopia Synod children and youth ministry office is a ministry office with special focus on the life and activities children and youth in the Church.  The office works to enhance their understanding and engagement and Christian mission and values.  The office strives to strengthen them in their Lutheran identity through training and collaboration with Parish and congregation children and youth ministry leaders.  Therefore, they will be enabled to engage in church ministry leadership and mission earnestly, so that they could exert positive impact on community at large.

I.4  Women Service Coordination Office

Major activities of Women Coordinating Office is to establish and equip women’s committee at parish and Congregation levels and to encourage women to take part in Holistic Ministry of the church mission and in building nation at large. The other activities of Women’s ministry are to enhance Christian women’s witness for Christ at home and their respective communities, to equip women with basic leadership skills in leadership of the church and to improve women’s’ family management.

V. Theological institution of Central Ethiopia Synod

For such rapidly growing church unit like Central Ethiopian Synod, it is very important to have theological institutions to equip Gospel ministers such as Evangelists and Pastors who serve the congregations and parishes. For this purpose CES has established Tiliku Akaki Theological College (TTC) in Addis Ababa. This College has trained more than five hundred potential ministers in different programs.

We are indebted to the Evangelical Lutheran Mission (ELM) of Hermannsburg Mission for building the College anto the Finish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) for supporting the running of College.        

VI. Central Ethiopia Synod DASSC Branch Office (DASSC-BO)

Over the years, the development work of EECMY-DASSC has gained long experiences and good reputation as a result of successful implementation of different development and social activities, comprising food security, emergency relief, natural resource management, water, sanitation and hygiene, health services including HIV/AIDS prevention, education, child and youth development, gender and development and capacity building by covering most of the administrative regions of the country. One of the guiding principles of EECMY-DASSC is giving priority to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in communities. Accordingly, CES BO has been providing various social and livelihood supports to a significant number of needy people in the different regions in which the Synod is serving. Thus the Synod has been providing services in integrated rural community development, integrated urban community development, emergency relief and rehabilitation, providing safe drinking water, rendering health services through clinics and health posts, supporting people who live with HIV and AIDS financially, materially, and counseling them as well, and providing fertilizers and selected seeds to the needy farmers. The Synod is also serving children through children’s programs and projects like Sponsorship Program, Family Re-unification, Child and Youth Care Program. Hope Chest and Compassion International financially support these programs.

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, releasing them from poverty and equipping them to fulfill their God-given potential. It achieves this goal through its three core programs: Child Survival, Child Sponsorship and Leadership Development. Currently, there are about 33 Compassion projects under CES-BO which are handling over 7,547 registered children.

The Home Based Child Care Projects are one of the child development projects being run under CES Branch Office and are currently taking care of 312 orphaned, semi-orphaned foster-children from the poorest of the poor families.

''Pascal'' Primary and Secondary Schools Laboratory Capacity Building Project is a micro-project which has been running since February 2008 targeting 15 primary schools in Addis Ababa, Arada sub-city. The general objective of the project is to equip the school laboratories with appropriate teaching materials in order to make the teaching and learning process of natural science subjects more practical and thereby to ensure quality education in primary schools. The core element of the project is supplying the necessary equipment to school laboratories.

The services rendered for orphans and vulnerable children by Global Fund Project through Global Fund Round Seven Project under EECMY-DASSC Central Ethiopia Synod BO are operational at four sites namely, Bole sub city of Addis Ababa, Degem, Seden  Sodo, and Gendeberet Woredas. Currently, a total 1,299 OVC are getting financial support for their education, supplementary food and IGAs in the above mentioned Administrative Districts. In the course of implementation of the project, we had been substituting new OVC in place of those who couldn’t continue due to age or any other factor.

Jijiga Secondary School Project

Jijiga Secondary School Project has been initiated by Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM) in 2013 and EECMY-DASSC-CES BO has also seen how Secondary school becomes the heart of a community in Jigjiga city and the surrounding woreda including the then Jejiga Zone (now Fafan Zone).  While children are being educated, an entire community will benefit. EECMY-DASSC BO identifies the lack of class rooms and access to quality education for children in the city. Therefore, EECMY-DASSC-CES BO is focusing its efforts on addressing child education through access to quality schools.

Conclusion

EECMY-DASSC Central Ethiopia Branch Office is planning to implement about 43 projects in the current fiscal year 2015. The overall allocated budget for these programs/projects is about ETB 62,341,583.59 and the direct beneficiaries are estimated to be around 11,251. The budget is carefully planned in accordance with the government's 70/30 rules and regulations so as to favour the target groups who should really be the direct beneficiaries of development programs/projects. Accordingly, the program Vs the administration cost is made to be to the ratio of ≈ 4:1 which is about 79.4:20.6 percent which is quite below the ceiling.