TAPAC Brief History

TAPAC was founded in England on the 28th of January 1993 with the name Christians Together in Visible Action for Global Mission (CIVAGOM), which became member of African Forum of CCOM. On the 27th and 28th of October 1993 TAPAC held its second European conference in London at Mansfield Centre, 310 Barking Road, Plaistow, London E13, to consider the problems facing African and Caribbean Christians in Europe and in the home countries i.e. African and the Caribbean Islands. Delegates attended the conference from Africa and Europe. In the meeting many problems were identified:

  • Poverty in Africa and how the churches can help to alleviate it.
  • Education
  • Wars and ethnic cleansing
  • Negative image portrayed about Africa through advertisements on Western television and radios for fundraising purposes.
  • A new look at Africa and Caribbean as mission fields
  • Revival in Africa, Caribbean, and Asia and the need for Leadership Training
  • The relationship between African Independent Churches and Pentecostal Charismatic churches, in Africa and elsewhere

Other topics discussed included the name, which was changed to Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches (TAPAC) to include the churches in America and Asia, which had shown interest to join the alliance. (This name was not used until 1997) Following on from the conference, TAPAC set up the Global Missions Bible Training Institute on the 27th of September 1994 to offer theological education, particularly to church leaders and members from the Charismatic and Pentecostal Church tradition. In 1995 TAPAC hosted Dr Kim Yeo from Berea Academy in Korea. In the meeting of the two, an agreement was reached to send two people from Africa, Caribbean Islands and India to the Berea Academy in Korea for training. All expenses were to be borne by Berea Academy except the traveling expenses to and from Korea.

In 1996 TAPAC, in collaboration with Kensington Consultation Centre in Vauxhall, London, offered professional counseling training to forty (40) Clergy from the black majority Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches in London. TAPAC raised the Funds for the total cost of the project. Kensington Consultation Centre offered the training. In the same year the Alliance fully sponsored six-month training for Mrs. Ann Sigei of the Organization of African Independence Churches (OIAC), with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, for training in AIDS awareness and caring in London, England. Mansfield Centre in Plaistow, London, offered the training. In 1997 TAPAC decided to take the theological education to the people at their doors. The programme is known as Theological Education by Extension. The programme brought forth St. Paul’s International Mobile Bible College, which has won the interest of many churches in West Africa.

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