Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia will soon summon Reverend Peter Mhlanga who resigned from the synod to join the Redeemed Presbytery Church (RPC) of Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango.
RPC is a breakaway of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.
The synod’s moderator the Reverend John Gondwe said in an interview yesterday that the defection was a sad development, and the church would try to understand Mhlanga’s problems.
He said: “The role of the church is to gather and build, when numbers are growing, it means we are making strides, but losing members is not in our best interest.
“Reverend Mhlanga has resigned citing personal reasons, but we will summon him to have an exit interview with him. We will need to understand if he has any problems, and see how best we can deal with that. But his resignation is a very sad development because he is a very talented and hard-working minister.”
Gondwe suggested that the defection is part of temptations ministers go through and that with proper guidance and prayer, Mhlanga, who was ministering at Thunduwike congregation under Jambo Presbytery in Mzimba before his defection, will return to the synod.
Speaking earlier to our sister paper, The Nation, Mhlanga said he had moved to RPC to help Reverend Mhango.
“My moving is mainly because I noticed that RPC has a lot of work and I wanted to help my friend Reverend Mhango to deal with that work. This is a calling just like I was called to serve the Livingstonia Synod. The same God has also called me to serve under RPC,” he said.
On his part, Mhango, who unveiled RPC at its Kanengo congregation in Lilongwe after cutting ties with the Livingstonia Synod, said he felt encouraged by the development.
Mhango fell out of grace with the Livingstonia Synod after refusing to take up a post in Euthini, Mzimba. He suspected that the transfer was not done in good faith.
The development led to divisions among the faithful at Kanengo CCAP with some in support of Mhango while others for the synod.
The synod later suspended Mhango citing rebellious acts.
Rev Mhango was ordained on April 24, 1994 and has served as a minister for various congregations. He is also a renowned gospel musician and Musicians Union of Malawi president. n