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Posted by St Philips Theological College on February 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Tanzania met on Thursday the 21st of February 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Dodoma to elect the new Primate. Following the elections, the bishop of Mpwapwa Diocese the Rt Revd Dr Jacob Chimeledya was elected to be the 6th Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Bishop Chimeledya will replace the Rt Revd Dr Valentino Mokiwa of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam. Bishop Jacob studied at the The Institute of Development and Management (IDM) here in Tanzania before going to St Paul's United Theological College in Limuru Kenya and later went for further studies at The Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA. Among other roles he has held before becoming bishop of Mpwapwa Dr Chimeledya worked for World Vision Tanzania as Project Manager and later as recorder (finance), prior to his call for ordination. As priest he also served as Chaplain to the bishop, Diocesan Youth Secretary, Area Dean for Kongwa, Coordinator for the Christian Social Service Commission Central Zone, Principal of Chamhawi Bible School, Principal of St Philip's Theological college and was later elected as bishop of the Diocese of Mpwapwa. He is married to Mwezwa with 4 children Happinness, John, Gamalieli and Margreth. The enthronement service will be held in May 2013.

General Synod Meeting Begins

Posted by St Philips Theological College on November 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Today the General Synod meeting began under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Dr Valentino Mokiwa Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Members who arrived since yesterday met together with an opening act of worship led by the Archbishop Dr Mokiwa who was assisted by the Bishop of Morogoro The Rt. Revd Godfrey Sehaba. Following a short breakfast break, a Bible Study followed, which was led by retired Bishop of Mpwapwa The Rt. Revd Dr Simon Chiwanga. This was then followed by the Archbishop’s opening speech . In his address, the Archbishop welcomed the members and also welcomed the new bishops who had for the first time attended the synod as bishops.. He then outlined the strategic plan for the Anglican province before outlining the challenges which the Province is facing. These include, the world economic downturn, political conflicts, the economic boom in some parts of the world such as Asia, bad democracy, abuse of media, church conflicts and communication breakdown. These he said were the main causes for weakening church leadership and practise. He further said that the church needs to help change people’s habits and behaviour and that this synod ought to discuss such matters. He also thanked Canon Kearon for his appreciation on the role of the Anglican Church of Tanzania on world matters, highlighting the church involvement through the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All African Conference of Churches (AACC). Quoting Proverbs 29:18, the Archbishop called for a new vision which brings determination in achieving its goals. The vision also gives hope, blessings, trust, creativity, humility and joy and gives meaning to life. ‘In this 41st year since the start of the province we are aiming at marking 50 years with doing something special’ the Archbishop said. He need to see the future as (a) Cooperation in leadership (b) Advocacy in bringing forward Anglicanism, with Jesus as our foundation ( c) Having a decade of evangelism to push forward the gospel Further Dr Mokiwa said that this synod should also discuss conflict , offer advice and give a statement, and even ask the government for the involvement of the Anglican church on the country’s constitutional review and work towards improving structures. Following the archbishop’s address, The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon General Secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council addressed the meeting. In his address, he congratulated the Anglican Church of Tanzania in its contributing role in the Anglican Communion. He also looked at the challenge of globalisation within the church today pointing out how inextricably connected we are, and the need for a renewed vision. Emphasising on leadership he led the participants in recognising the importance of the fourfold ministry of laity, deacon, priests and bishops in serving communities in love, being hands, feet and eyes of Jesus. This involves serving the young people ( diakonia ), the sick and needy and those who suffer in different ways and each person called to be a leader in service, serving one another as Jesus did. This is done through worship, reading the Bible, and communion, pointing the people to God. The day continued with reports from various provincial institution. The meeting continues tomorrow.

How St Philips Began/ A vision for the church in Tanzania

Posted by St Philips Theological College on November 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

T.B.R. Westgate: Huron University College’s connection to St. Philip’s Theology College The Rev. Dr. Thomas Buchanan Reginald Westgate (1872-1951) graduated from Huron College, London, Ontario in 1896. He was then ordained Deacon (1896) and later Priest (1897) by the Huron Diocese. After a short period of deputation work in the Diocese of Huron he began work as a missionary, first in Paraguay (1898-1901) under the South American Missionary Society, then in German East Africa (now Tanzania) (1902-1917) with the Church Missionary Society and finally in Canada (1917-1943). When serving in German East Africa, T.B.R. recognized the need to build a African theological college which would train native teachers. The staff of the Mission could not meet the demand for teachers from the local people. T.B.R. also believed that although European missionaries were necessary in the evangelization of the African Church, they should stand to one side or pass out of sight altogether and let the Africans go on to build their own Church. Accepting a post on the Deputation Staff of the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada, T.B.R. returned to Canada in March 1913 for three months. As the MSCC was raising support for its own Missions in Asia, T.B.R. was not permitted to publicly appeal for the building or operational funds required for his proposed training college in Africa. According to T.B.R. Westgate: A Canadian Missionary on Three Continents the alumni of Huron College undertook a private fund raising on T.B.R.’s behalf in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the College (1913). Owing to the generosity of the alumni and the Rural Deanery of East and West Middlesex in Ontario, the bulk of the money needed for the African based training college was raised. This publication was put together by Westgate’s son, R.I. Wilfred Westgate (a classics professor from Harvard), and daughters, Maureen (Westgate) Carter and Dorothy (Westgate) Leach. It is based on T.B.R.’s diaries, professional reports, essays and correspondence. James Talman’s, Huron College 1863-1963 and the Huron College Council Minutes report Huron College marked its Golden Jubilee (1913) by awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity on T.B.R. in recognition of his service in missionary work in South America and German East Africa. As was the arrangement at the time, the University of Western Ontario conferred the degree. Neither Talman’s, Huron College 1863-1963 or the Huron College Council Minutes for meetings held in 1913 and 1914 mention the African college or the alumni’s fund raising efforts on T.B.R.’s behalf. This may be due to the necessary private nature of the fundraising campaign. T.B.R. named the African theological college, ‘Huron College’, in honor of his alma mater in London, Ontario. The first classes were held January 12, 1914 with two hundred students. The college has since grown and been renamed St. Philip’s Theological College. A plaque on the building still identifies it as the original “Huron House” of 1914. It is located at Kongwa in the Diocese of Mpwapwa, Tanzania.

A Farewell to Kees and Cindy

Posted by St Philips Theological College on November 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday the 17th of November, the college community gathered to say goodbye to Kees and Cindy Bootsma. Kees and Cindy who were Mission Partners sent out by CMS Australia joined the college last September. They had previously worked for 5 years in the Diocese of Tabora before moving over to St Philips. At St Philips Kees taught Old Testament and New Testament, while he also helped a lot with the library and the college computers. Cindy was involved in teaching the wives course and English. The event which was marked by singing, prayer, bible reading, speeches and a community meal, was a mixture of both joy and sadness. Kees and Cindy hope to return and settle in Australia. They will both be missed. St Philips community on behalf of the churches it represents want to thank Kees and Cindy and CMS Australia for this partnership in the gospel through the services and support they have offered, and wish them a good and blessed future, while hoping to extend our partnership.

A Kiswahili Language Course for You

Posted by St Philips Theological College on October 18, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

St Philips Theological College is now offering a residential Kiswahili Language course. The course is suitable for you if you are a missionary or ex - pat, living and working in Tanzania or just visiting. This can be attended at any time of your convenience. The course can be held for one to two weeks intensive to one month. If you would like to learn Kiswahili contact the college.

Visit from the Diocese of Rochester UK

Posted by St Philips Theological College on October 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Following a two week half term break, the college had an opening service on Sunday the 9th of October 2011. This was a special opening service as it was accompanied by the visit of a team from the Diocese of Rochester. This team was led by the Revd Jolande Marcussen. The Diocese of Rochester is a link Diocese to the Diocese of Mpwapwa, and the teams visit was in conjunction with the Dioceses celebration of 135 years since the gospel arrived in Mpwapwa, 20 years since the fomation of the Diocese of Mpwapwa which was split from the Diocese of Central Tanganyika and 50 years of the countries independence. The first missionaries who started the work such as John Price and Henry Cole were remembered. Revd Jolande was accompanied by Linda, Mike, Steve and his wife Sylvia. On the same occasion in Mpwapwa, Revd Jolande was made canon of the Diocese of Mpwapwa. At St Philips Revd Canon Jolande had an opportunity to preach and in her message emphasised on the significance of putting knowledge into action. Linda and Steve also took part in the readings. A month earlier, the college was also visited by The Revd Canon Archford Musondya from USPG. Canon Musondya's visit was also in part connection to his provincial tour, and to learn and share the experiences and challenges around the province.


Posted by St Philips Theological College on September 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Diocese of Tanga and the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro have both had a new bishop. The Revd Canon William Maimbo Mndolwa was installed on Sunday 04th September 2011, at the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels in Korogwe Tanga to be the second bishop of the diocese since it was split from the Diocese of Zanzibar and Tanga. The consecration which was done by the Most Revd Dr Valentino Mokiwa was attended by many including representatives from abroad. Earlier in May, the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro also witnessed an installment of Revd Stanley Hotayi as third diocesan bishop..........................................More information to follow when available. NEW FACULTY AT ST PHILIPS: Here at St Philips, we are delighted to receive two new teaching staff in the faculty. The two are The Revd Lemson Chally from the Diocese of Mpwapwa and The Revd Simon Irunde from The Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro.


Posted by St Philips Theological College on August 18, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We praise God that after a long period of planning and praying, finally, the new diploma course on "Mission Leadership and Development Practise" has been launched. At the moment the course is being taught alongside the existing Diploma in Theology course with a total number of 17 students attending it. We do hope that as we continue to develop the course, it will grow to become a separate track, while giving more advantage to those who have done the Theology course.

The course aims towards preparing students face a more holistic approach to ministry taking both the spiritual and the physical aspects of ministry to consideration. It also aims towards looking at the relationship between the bible and culture (hermeneutics) and the various contexts in which we engage in. In addition the course provides an insight on our role as a church in mission and looking at the transformative impact of the holistic gospel. Other aspects of life such as biblical ethics, and development theories and strategies, with issues relating to development leadership and management including the environment, rural development, gender, health, education etc being covered.  At the end, the student is required to present a research paper based on a certain area of interest from the course.

A great deal of the program will help the student gain accumulative knowledge from various aspects of bibilical revelation and social engagement, with strong reflection on the life of the church and society.

The Revd Dr John Stott

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On Wednesday 27th July 2011 at 3.15pm John Stott went to be with the Lord whom he had loved and served for over 70 years. Aged 90 years and 3 months to the day, he died with close family and friends around him. They were reading through 2 Timothy and listening to selections from Handel’s Messiah, including the refrain “I know that my Redeemer liveth”.


He died peacefully at St Barnabas College Lingfield Surrey where he had been for the last three years.


His death was reported the following day on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, and obituaries came out in all the major papers on Friday 29th July. He has been called the most influential Anglican clergymen of the 20th century apart from William Temple, a previous Archbishop of Canterbury.


He was Chaplain to the Queen; university missioner on six continents; the subject of original research in 10 universities, and author of over 50 books. His name appeared in Time magazine in April 2006 as “one of the 100 most influential figures in the world”


Born in the parish of All Soul’s Langham Place, where his father was a Harley Street Physician, he became in turn curate, rector and rector emeritus in that church. However that was probably the last thing he dreamed about when he used to sit as a child in the gallery of the church and drop rolled up pieces of paper onto the hats of the fashionable ladies sitting in the pews underneath. Or indeed when in his father’s drawing room he and his sister would roll back the carpets and dance together.


He was educated at Rugby school, where he was head boy in 1940 and committed his life to Christ as a school boy when he heard an address by EJH Nash, on an annual camp that “Bash” used to run at Iwerne Minster in Dorset. After leaving Rugby he entered Trinity College Cambridge where he obtained a double first in modern languages, before reading Theology at Ridley Hall, and in 1945 he became assistant curate at All Souls Church.


In 1954 he purchased a small farmhouse, the Hookses, on the Welsh coast near Dale in Pembrokeshire, and it was here that much of his writing was done, from his study overlooking the Atlantic. He would wake to the BCC World Service News at 5am, and then, before breakfast, have a quiet time, usually reading four chapters of the Bible a day following Robert Murray McCheyne’s scheme. At 8am he would join others in the larger house for breakfast, before returning to his study and working for the morning. Sometimes he would join the others for lunch and sometimes, if he felt he was behind in his writing, he would lunch by himself or with his study assistant and secretary Frances Whitehead.


After lunch was the compulsory HHH (horizontal half hour) followed by some work in the garden in which everyone took part. After that came tea, and then back to work, coming up to the main house for the evening meal. John would never cook but always wash up. After supper and a piece of chocolate, he might read part of the work he had written during the day, and then usually with a minimal amount of persuasion, he would read one of his favourite Saki stories by HH Monro. In the pre-electricity days the group would be gathered in the small sitting room with John reading by a gas lamp. In December the fire would be on, the curtains drawn and often a wild wind would be battering on the windows as it came off the Atlantic Ocean and up the narrow valley to the house. Snug in the living room peals of laughter could be heard from John as well as his audience as he read “The Story teller” or “The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope”. A Bible reading and prayer followed with bed at 10pm. Sunday was more relaxed and after church and lunch there would often be a bird watching expedition to the Gann estuary a few miles away, or possible a trip to Skomer to see the Puffins and the Manx Shearwaters.


John Stott was the Chief architect of the 1974 Lausanne conference and friend and advisor to Billy Graham. While Billy Graham filled football stadia, John’s arena was the universities, and to him, the most strategic goal imaginable was to make Christ known in every university in the world.


In 1982 he founded the London institute for contemporary Christianity for participants from all over the world, to apply biblical truth in their own context. He expressed his desire for the church to practice “double listening”. Listening both to the Word and the world; with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.


He established the Langham partnership in 2002 under the leadership of Chris Wright, to unite and expand three earlier initiatives. To train preachers in the two thirds world, to provide books for them and to fund doctoral scholarships for the most able amongst them.


Bird watching and photography were his great hobbies, the former started when, as a child his sister accidentally destroyed his collection of butterflies. He managed to see 2500 of the worlds 9000 species of bird, writing to the Duke of Edinburgh on one occasion, also a keen bird watcher, when he had spotted a particularly rare one. His favourite was the Snowy Owl which he managed to see on a nest in the Canadian arctic after a long search in the 1980’s, and several pictures of snowy owls adorned his bedroom and study.


As Chaplain to the Queen he spent at least one weekend with them at Sandringham where he preached in the church on Sunday. At a Barbeque when one of the royal family spilt a glass on the floor the Queen found a broom and began to clear up the mess. John offered to do it for her. She thanked him but refused his offer of help as she “was quite used to doing this herself”.


He became a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006, for services to “Christian Scholarship and the Christian World” and although grateful for the honour, he was bemused by the title as the British Empire had long ceased to exist.


Throughout his life remained a very humble man who always deflected praise from himself to Christ. He often used to say that “flattery is like smoking – its ok if you don’t inhale”! He lived simply in a one bedroom flat in London until his move to St Barnabas, and put all his book royalties into the Langham Trust.


In 2008 he wrote that “The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) is an organisation with which I have been involved since its inception in 1983, and I have watched its development with great satisfaction. I am delighted to have this opportunity to commend its work to you for your prayerful and financial support. It is the conviction of OCMS, which I share, that during this century many of the influential leaders in the church will come from the global south. The ongoing work of OCMS in preparing many of them for leadership, through its postgraduate and research programmes will be a key part in this process”.


It was wonderful that despite his failing health his brain remained active to the end. I had the joy of visiting him at St Barnabas on 4th July. I read 1 Peter chapter 1 to him, and very slowly had my last mini sermon from him.


“Did you know” he said “that every chapter in 1 Peter talks about suffering? Peter refers to physical suffering, but I think it is legitimate to apply it to all forms of suffering”


We all have our own memories which will remain forever special to us. As we do so, and give thanks for Uncle John, a great servant of God. Let us remember his greatest ambition,


“To become more like Christ”.


Respected as a preacher and teacher around the world, his desire was always that Christ Jesus, not John Stott, was glorified. Above his bed at St Barnabas when he died were the words that had been in his study for many years, which summed up his life:


When telling Thy Salvation free,


Let all absorbing thoughts of Thee


My heart and soul embrace.


And when all heads are bowed and stirred


Beneath the influence of Thy Word


Hide me behind Thy cross


David Cranston, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Council of Trustees


1 August 2011

Thank you Dr Cranston


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Colossians 3:23. Whatever you do work at it as working for the Lord.......

26th July 2011

Dear Friends,


Peace and Grace be to you.


I am delighted to be writing the letter to you during this very exciting and challenging era of God’s work through the church, here at St Philips Theological College - Kongwa.


Thank you

To begin with, we here at St Philips have a great reason to say thank you to God and to all our friends for the many ways we have experienced God’s and your support to us as a college. Things would have been much more difficult without your support and prayers.

Many thanks too for the hard working team of staff who are few in number but together we managed to accomplish a great deal of work. 


This year we had 54 students and out of those, 30 graduated in June to go and fill in places in various parishes in the Anglican Church, the Moravian Church and the Lutheran Church. This year we have already got some confirmation of 29 students coming to begin their studies in the new academic year 2011/2012 which starts on 31st July 2011. We pray for all those men and women who have secured this opportunity for study to join the others who will continue on to their second and third years. At the same time we remember the 30 students who graduated in June as they continue to settle back in their dioceses and take on their new roles in the church.



Knowledge that leads to service: Our Challenge 

St Philip’s is working under a huge amount of challenge and pressure relating to readdressing our vision, that of equipping the church with relevantly and adequately trained people to serve the church, and that remains to be our vision today. Our aim is to impart knowledge that leads to service. However, this in itself raises certain challenges.


In terms of running costs, St Philips would like to achieve its objectives within an affordable cost to the churches we serve who have limited resources. This means our fees are highly subsidised in order to enable the church to train its clergy. At the same time we need to offer standard training in an acceptable environment with adequate facilities, and this requires good qualified staff and facilities to house both staff and students and other training equipment such as books, computers, printers etc. For that matter, we face challenges of paying staff salaries, and maintaining the premises to create a conducive environment for excellence in what we offer.


Looking back

For the last five years St Philip’s has grown from strength to strength. That needed certain decisions to be made and steps to be taken. Some of those included.

a. Student fees to come directly from donors to the college

b. The college to begin paying staff salary instead of salaries to be paid by the sending diocese of the teaching staff.

c. To be able to meet the increased expenditure on salaries, the college had to increase the fees in proportion to the increase in spending, without regulating the spending in fees subsidy.

d. To strengthen our college projects by seeking extra funding. These projects have included dairy, poultry, a small vegetable garden, grain milling, sunflower pressing, technical department and transport. These projects have helped towards the fees subsidy, but have also been used to help students learn on some basic skills fom those areas.

e. In this past academic year, each student took part in planting a tree. It was our call as well as joining efforts with the country and the world at large towards creating a sustainable environment. These efforts led the college to receive the first price in the district, for the effort on environmental conservation the recognition given to us by the District Commissioner.

At the same time we are very grateful to God in helping us to strengthen our links and partnership with various organisations who have supported us financially, and by supplying us with material such as computers, books [both exercise and text books]. Some of the funding has helped us in subsidising college fees and, in improving the projects.


However there are some complications which as an institution continue to be a challenge. These include the delay in receiving the fees and sometimes lack of fees from some of the students. One of the main reasons is that our financial year is different from that of our sponsors, and sometimes we begin the year with promises and have to find ways of running our activities before the funds arrive.

Although the increase of fees has helped us in supporting staff salaries, on the other hand it caused a drop in student numbers. This continues to keep us in a fragile situation


Looking to the future


In 2013, we plan to celebrate our centenary, marking 100 years of the college which began in 1913. We are still in the thinking and planning stages. We would like to make it a special year as we appreciate the work done at the college for the last 100 years and the impact it has had in Tanzania and abroad, and within the Anglican Church and other denominations. We invite any thoughts and ideas to help us in this planning stage of events, and we hope to keep you informed on the progress. 

Looked at the college from a wider perspective as a provincial institution, we find ourselves challenged by the increase of diocesan bible schools and theological colleges, and the University of St John’s. With the recovery and progress we have made so far, it is the right time for us to scale up our program in order to keep up with what is going on around the province and around the world. Our vision is to start a degree course in mission with a special emphasis in pastoral leadership. This is a project which will help us to retain our vision of equipping the church with holistically trained pastors, something which will not be in competition with other institutions but will help as a complementary program. This we hope, to start as soon as possible provided we get the right resources.


We are still in need of staff especially those who are able to teach at the degree level, and on subjects relating to Pastoral leadership and Mission. 


We were very grateful to receive the guests who passed through and some who stayed for a while with us here. This included former mission partners, present mission personnel, former residents and students, pastors and bishops both local and from overseas. We thank you all for your encouragement, and the time of sharing your experiences with us. If you are thinking of paying a visit, you are most welcome, and may God of all Mercy enrich you with His love.

Yours sincerely


The Revd John Madinda