NAME AND HEAD OFFICE
Creation of ADEPR and its Head office
It is hereby created a religious-based Organization called “PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF RWANDA”, known as ADEPR. Its head office is located in Kigali, Gasabo District, Kigali city, Republic of Rwanda. It may be transferred to any other place on the territory of the Republic of Rwanda following decision of the organization’s General Assembly.
MISSION OF THE ORGANISATION AND ITS AREAS OF OPERATIONS
Mission of the organizationAutomatic word wrap
The organization’s mission is :Automatic word wrap
1. To preach the Gospel of Jesus-Christ and teach the Word of God according to the Holy Bible ;Automatic word wrap
2. To publish and distribute Christian literature and other books in compliance with the Law ;Automatic word wrap
3. To promote the social welfare with focus on health services, education and other social activities aiming at development.
Area of activitiesAutomatic word wrap
The Organisation conducts its activities on the whole territory of the Republic of Rwanda, and may extend its activities elsewhere in the world upon decision of of the organization’s General Assembly.
BeneficiariesAutomatic word wrap
ADEPR beneficiaries are all inhabitants of Rwanda and other people in areas where the Organisation can extend its activities.
MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION
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Members of the Organisation are Christians members of ADEPR who are grouped into parishes and represented within governing organs in accordance with laws ADEPR statutes.
Membership eligibilityAutomatic word wrap
A person is admitted as a member when he/she fulfills the following requirements :Automatic word wrap
•To be born again ;Automatic word wrap
•To be baptized by immersion ;Automatic word wrap
•To be a member of one of ADEPR parishes.
Loss of membershipAutomatic word wrap
A person ceases to be a member under the following conditions :Automatic word wrap
1. Resignation ;Automatic word wrap
2. Death ;Automatic word wrap
3. His/her exclusion by competent organ under the circumstances provided for in the Internal rules and regulations.
Concise presentation of the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, ADEPR
The inception of the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, ADEPR goes back to 1940 by Swedish Missionaries who were recognized as “Swedish Free Mission”. This was effected in accordance with the royal decree which was issued on the 30th of September, 1930.The Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, ADEPR comes in the second position in terms size in Rwanda after the Catholic Church.
In 1962, the “Swedish Free Mission” changed the name and became “Joint Support Association of Pentecostal Churches of Rwanda (ADEEP).” The association was registered through a ministerial decree No 485 / 08 issued on the 19th of October, 1962. The Pentecostal Churches operated independently up to 1984. In this year, they merged and had the same legal statute and a single administration unit. This was officialised by a ministerial decree No 03/7 issued on the 6th of January 1984. Since then, these Churches have formed only one association known as ADEPR (Association of Pentecostal Churches of Rwanda). ADEPR’ statutes were revised in 1998, 2005 and 2010. This endeavour led to a denominational name – “the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, ADEPR”- according to a ministerial decree No 079/08.11 issued on the 7th of July 2010.
The statutes of the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda, ADEPR were revised again in 2013. This attempt entailed a restructuring of the Church and the creation of 30 local Churches regrouping more than 350 Parishes which are positioned in five ecclesiastical Regions. This new statute was published in the official newspaper of the Republic of Rwanda nº 34 that was issued on 26/08/2013.