The Association of Evangelicals in Africa embraces member-bodies whose identity and vocation are rooted in historic biblical Christianity. AEA affirms and seeks the biblical unity of Christ’s body, the Church, celebrating the diversity of practices and theological emphases consistent with the AEA Statement of Faith, recognizing the existing dynamic tension between undeniable unity and diversity. Its members join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus amongst all nations and peoples, seeking holiness, justice, and transformation at every level individual, family, community, and culture. In this way the Father is honoured, the kingdom of his Son is extended, and the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence moves freely in giftings, community renewal, and ministries.
Membership in the AEA is extended to those who desire and meet the following conditions:
- Subscribe to the Association’s Basis of Unity and Statement of Faith (Article VI).
- Accept and pledge to abide by the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws.
- Accept any other criteria as may be prescribed by the Governing
There are four categories of members, namely:
- a) National Member c) Special Member
- b) Associate Member d) Individual Member
*Each accredited member shall be chartered by the standards established by the Governing Council.
- Full Membership
Full membership in the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) is open to National Evangelical Fellowships who subscribe to the AEA statement of faith. These national evangelical expressions are Africa based.
Full Members must be legally registered with their respective governments. They contribute an annual membership fee of 10% of their annual undesignated budget. Where this is difficult to determine, they pay USD 500 annually.
The membership fee is reviewed from time to time by the AEA executive Committee. Full members are entitled to ten votes at the AEA General assembly and two at the General Council meetings.
Full membership applications are circulated to the Executive Committee members for approval. The General Secretary of AEA notifies the applicant of the Executive Committee’s decision.
- Associate Membership
Associate Members are independently incorporated organizations with their own specific ministries and accountability, an international scope of ministry, and the capacity and authority to serve in and beyond the AEA community.
Associate members are entitled to representation at the AEA General assembly and General Council meetings in accordance to the AEA constitution. The annual membership fee is US $ 500. The membership fee is reviewed from time to time by the AEA Executive Committee.
Associate membership applications are circulated to the Executive Committee members for approval. The General Secretary of AEA notifies the applicant(s) of the Executive Committee’s decision.
Requirements for Membership application to AEA is as follows
- A brief history of the Alliance or continental Para-Church organization.
- Constitution and Bylaws.
- Statement of Faith (if not included in 2 above).
- Certificate of Registration (if available now, or can be submitted later).
- List of Churches and Christian Organizations that are members.
- Current Office bearers.
- Complete Application Forms.
AEA is a Member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The World Evangelical Alliance is a network of 121 nations who each have formed an evangelical Church alliance. Nearly 2,000,000 (two million) local Churches and 335 million Christians identify with these alliances. WEA believes that the local Church when interconnected is the sustaining instrument in a Community for spiritual and social transformation.