|We are an evangelistic and disciple making non-sectarian church organization in Burundi. Our doctrine is inspired by the Pentecostal Movement; we are therefore a Spiritual Community and also inspired by the Baptists and Evangelicals, we are a church built on Baptism and Evangelical principles.|
Administration and leadership
The structure of the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Burundi has three divisions:
- General Church Conference (GCC),
- District Church Committee (DCC) and,
- Local Church Committee (LCC).
The General Church Conference (GCC) is in session once a year gathering pastors and ministries’ leaders. The National Board which is the most overseers of leaders meets every three months. It comprises the legal representative and/or the conference bishop, the vice legal representative, the general secretary, and districts leaders. The board meets three times per year and/or at any time when needed to establish, evaluate, and oversee the policies of the PHCB. It is the primary policy-making body between sessions of the General Conference.
The Pentecostal Holiness Church of Burundi establishes representative offices at the district level to cover administration of all PHCB churches in 10 provinces of Burundi: Bujumbura Mairie, Bujumbura Rurale, Bururi, Ngozi, Kayanza, Muramvya, Makamba, Rutana, Ruyigi, Bubanza and Cibitoke. The District Church Committee (DCC) runs the (activities) in the whole district with the leadership of a Reverend Pastor.
At the level of a local church, there is Local Church Committee (LCC) with a senior pastor at the top. The Pentecostal Holiness Church of Burundi emphasizes the importance of every member as well as on each ministry leader’s gifts that can contribute to the accomplishment of the church’s mission. The New Testament underlines the requirement of having elders and deacons as specific ministry leaders in the church. The PHCB has developed a local congregational structure to include elders, deacons, and the official church board. The Church recognizes that men and women can be qualified to serve in these offices and ministries with equal rights.
Evangelism/Discipleship and Church planting within local
Evangelism as applied by PHCB approach is understood as to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit that men and women shall commit themselves to the fellowship and love of God through Jesus Christ, to accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, serve Him as their King and promote love and fellowship between members of His Church.
Every pastor shall lead the church to the expansion (starting new churches) and carry out every evangelism effort according to the PHCB evangelism approach built around cell groups and leaders’ capacity building
The PHCB uses this strategy in church planting.
(1): Develop relationships with the unchurched individuals, families and communities,
(2): Organize large gatherings or open air crusades where the non believers Could remain anonymous,
(3): Establishing small community outreach groups or cell groups
(4): Providing small and occasional gifts to new believers
(5). Identifying individuals talents and gifts and build on theme
(6): Allow people to show their potential gifts
(7): Encourage fully devoted followers to establish new evangelistic teams
The role of a local church pastor
The PHCB acknowledges the pastor as God’s appointed leader of the local church. As such, the pastor is vitally important in the expansion of the kingdom of God and the promotion of church growth in the local congregation. In local churches with a plurality of elders, the conference, any appointed pastor is the senior elder. He is assisted by other different ministry leaders.
The pastor’s first concerns shall be to preach God’s Word, lead in the nurture of believers, win the lost to Christ, and lead in worship. While looking after the spiritual welfare of the church, S/He administers the ordinances of the church, and expands the influence of the church in the community, city, or rural areas.
The pastor shall lead believers to discover and develop all the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can fulfil their ministry in the body of Christ. Special emphasis shall be given to training the believers in personal soul-winning (Ephesians 4:12).
Evangelism and Church Planting.
The pastor shall lead the church in expansion starting new churches and bridging (cross-cultural) evangelism in cooperation with the conference evangelism program.
The pastor shall have the authority and responsibility to counsel with and correct any church official, chosen, elected and/or appointed, who may not be meeting or promoting the requirements of the church.
Correcting, changing and replacing a church leader
The pastor shall have the authority to correct, change and/or replace any elder, deacon, or official found to be out of harmony with the principles of Pentecostal Holiness Church of Burundi after consultation with the conference board.
A chairperson and executive official
The pastor is the chair of the local church board and chairs all departmental boards within his church. Where a local church is incorporated, the pastor shall serve as president of the local organization and as the executive official.
A visionary leader and supervisor
The pastor is responsible for the vision of the church and for the presentation of the programs designed to build it spiritually, numerically, and financially. S/He shall meet annually with department heads or boards of the local church for the purpose of setting goals for the church and developing plans to reach those goals. He has the privilege of authorizing the expenditure of funds for supplies, improvements, etc. The purchase of costly equipments, properties, etc., shall be with the agreement of the church board and/or church body. The pastor is responsible for securing speakers for special services in the church, such as revivals, seminars and he is to sign the church reports before they are sent to the conference office.
Overseeing and delegating various ministries
The local pastor oversees and supervises all ministries: Children, Youth, Widows, Women, Men, Pastors’ wives, Charity, Training, Local Missions and Evangelism etc…