NCCK bans Church leaders from supporting politicians
Church leaders have been urged not to anoint or mandate those seeking political office from now on.
In the Guidelines on Ministering to Politicians Before, During, and After the 2022 General Election, clergy are not to show preference to an aspirant or declare that they are the god-ordained candidate.
The Church will continue to receive gifts or offerings from political leaders, but these contributions will not be made public or used as a campaign tool or to access the chair of political messages.
The guidelines were developed at the 64th General Assembly held August 23-26, 2021 at Jumuia Conference and Country Home, Limuru, by the Kenya National Council of Churches (NCCK).
Concerned that politicians are constantly conveying messages of hatred, division and discord from the pulpit and in churches, churches will endeavor to serve aspirants of different political denominations and to pray for each as they attend. at the office, ”he said.
Churches will continue to welcome political leaders and aspirants for service, but their presence will not affect the normal flow of the worship program.
“No political leader or aspiring leader will be allowed to speak to the congregation from the pulpit. Political leaders and aspirants will be encouraged to speak to worshipers after worship, ”they said.
The responsible clergy will need to come to an agreement with the political leader or aspirant on what to speak to the faithful to avoid foul language and incitement, and whether a political leader or aspirant is allowed to speak during the service of the Church. worship, he must be prevented from campaigning.
The Church will also seek to organize faithful to develop manifestos to present to political leaders and aspirants.
“The manifesto will be developed either by the whole congregation or by different groups such as men, women and young people. The manifestos will indicate what the congregation expects from the person who will be elected member of the county assembly, member of the national assembly, women’s representative, senator, governor or president, ”said the NCCK.
The clergy in charge will present the manifesto on behalf of the congregation, or create a post-service forum where different groups engage the aspirant who attends a worship service.