Pastors in Africa called to be peace-makers by global church leaders

World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) President Jerry Pillay

Jerry Pillay, President, World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)

Pastors can and must play a role in peace-making in their communities, says the president of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).

“I personally believe that one of the things destroying African countries and communities is ethnic and racial violence,” Jerry Pillay told a gathering of pastors of the Presbyterian Church Ghana (PCG) last week. “As pastors, we have a very significant role to play in preaching racial tolerance and asserting human dignity.”

The South African church leader made his remarks in Kumasi, Ghana at a church event attended by 700 participants. The conference (7-10 January) focused on the theme “The Holy Spirit and Peace: Blessed are the peace-makers”.

“Pastors can analyze the issues that disturb peace in the local context and mobilize congregations towards peace-keeping ministries,” Pillay told the group. “Our mission is not just about ‘conversion of souls’ but about the transformation of society.”

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