The Seventh Day Adventist Church is facing turbulent times in Nairobi after a splinter group made serious their threat and registered the Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC) against the regulations of the Church.
According to revelations, at the heart of the spiritual battle pitting the church against her members is the issue of tribalism with members of the Kisii community feeling alienated and sidelined in the affairs of the church.
Although the splinter group and the church have stayed clear of these shocking revelations, downplaying them as not having influenced the split currently happening, church members sent a strong message by attending in huge numbers at the Technical University of Kenya the first official sabbath by the NCC.
According to the reports and a media statement issued by interim leadership of the NCC, the problems started at Nairobi’s Central SDA Church, the biggest church in Nairobi.
Members indicated that the church had aligned itself on tribal grounds with the pastor and elders too aligning themselves in these formations.
It is alleged that two communities, the Luos and Kikuyus in the church sidelined the Kisii community on the election of members who would be responsible for choosing leaders of the church as is tradition.
The fall out also includes the involvement of members in financial matters with the Kisii community though being the most in numbers and contributions being alienated. It is this faction that would form the NCC with their eyes set on the populous Nairobi and Kajiado counties to enlist membership.
The breakaway move drew a fast and furioes reaction from the CKC with the president Pr John Kiragu Ngunyi all but dismissing the NCC as an illegal entity as far as the structural formation of the church’s conferences and field stations are concerned.
It is unfortunate that the grievances raised have not been addressed at the church level implying that the split would only grow. Only God knows the future of the SDA church in Kenya.