Who We Are
Olivet Assembly Africa is a gathering of evangelical churches and para-church organizations in Africa, existing for the advancement of the gospel. The organization is structured through regional and national chapters working together with several global partners.
Olivet Assembly finds its purpose in proclaiming God’s word, helping others come to faith in Jesus Christ, and seeking fulfillment of the Great Commission that the Lord had entrusted to all believers. We are committed to building unity among the body of Christ, centered upon evangelical values and traditions transpired from the Bible.
Olivet Assembly Africa exists to promote unity within the evangelical church and the greater body of Christ through providing a platform for shared dialogue, ideas and resources. Through its network, OA Africa wishes to strengthen the church with fresh vision and empower it to pursue God's Kingdom and righteousness with greater fervency and passion.
What We Believe
We believe in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe in One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory.
We believe in the Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
Book of Order
The three elements of the Book of Order of the Olivet Assembly of Africa shall be the “Book of Government”, the “Book of Worship”, and the “Book of Discipline”.
Book of Government
Jesus Christ is the sole head of the church. Authority is exercised vicariously by officials appointed to the task by the prayerful choosing of members in this body of believers.
II. Mission Statement
The Olivet Assembly of Africa exists to:
Serve and glorify God. Prepare the way for God’s Kingdom on earth. Serve in the ministry of reconciliation, making true peace through Christ. Act as a spiritual and administrative center for churches worldwide. Develop resources for improving Biblical education and Christian service. Provide support and counseling to Ministers and missionaries. Carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel to all nations and peoples.
The Church broadly refers to the entire body of believers who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, regardless of denomination and location of worship. There are many denominations that exist within the Church.
The particular church refers to a smaller body of believers gathered in a single location to worship together. The particular church may have a set meeting location and name, and belong to a denomination.
Each particular church belonging to the Olivet Assembly of Africa is to operate according to the rules set forth in this Constitution.
A believer shall be known as a Baptized Member after receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.
An Active Member shall have been baptized, and shall continuously participate in all church services and meetings.
An Inactive Member is a previously Baptized or Active member who does not continue to participate regularly in church services and meetings.
The New Testament instructs the church in establishing three offices, Episcopos (“overseer”), Presbyturos (“elders”), and Diakonos (“servants”). We carry these forth to the modern day in the following particular church offices:
A Minister of the Word and Sacrament should have proper theological and biblical training, and be able to minister the Word and Sacraments to church members.
An Elder should be a church member in good standing, able to assist the Minister in performing all duties related to teaching and to ministering of Sacraments.A Deacon should be a church member in good standing, able to assist in all capacities for better functioning of the particular church.
A congregation consists of all persons on the baptized and active rolls of the church. All persons listed on the active rolls of each particular church may vote in the congregational meetings.
VII. Church Property
The property held by each particular church, presbytery, or by the General Assembly, is held in trust, for the use of and to benefit the Olivet Assembly of Africa.
VIII. The Church Session
The Session is a meeting of a particular church, composed of the minister, co-pastors, associate pastors, and elders of that church.
IX. The PresbyteryThe Presbytery is a meeting of churches within a defined area, composed of ministers from each church, and of two elders elected from each church.
X. The General Assembly
The General Assembly is a meeting of all Presbyteries in the Olivet Assembly of Africa, composed of representatives elected from among the ministers and elders of each presbytery.
XI. Ordination, Certification and Commissioning
Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, Elders, and Deacons shall be ordained following their commissioning or election. Ministers shall be ordained through ceremony performed by the appropriate Presbytery, while Elders and Deacons shall be ordained by ceremony performed by their respective particular churches.
Amendments to this Constitution may be made by a two-thirds majority vote of all Presbyteries.
Book of Worship
The purpose of the Book of Worship is to provide instruction on holding worship services, and to expound on the meanings therein, to all EAPC churches and church members.
II. Elements of Worship
Worship shall include the following elements:
Kerygma (Proclamation of the Word of God)
III. General Order of Sunday Worship
Call to service
Proclamation of the Word
Concluding of service
IV. Worship for Special Occasions
Other worship that may be occasioned, such as that for Christmas Day or Easter Sunday, shall be done according to the guidance of the Ministers of each particular church in keeping with the standards set forth in the Book of Worship.
Holy Matrimony is an institution ordained by God, shall be performed exclusively between one man and one woman, and is a life-long and lasting testimony to the love of God within the believers of the church. Matrimonial services will be held in accordance with the standards set forth in the Book of Worship.
Funerals are to be held focused not on death, but on the everlasting life promised by the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the ceremonial standards set forth in the Book of Worship.
The Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are holy rituals performed as signs of the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Book of Discipline
Discipline is an exercise of the authority given to the church by the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to instruct and guide its members. We set forth the procedures that shall order the ecclesiastical judicial system of the Olivet Assembly of Africa.
The judicial system of the church shall have authority only over its members.
III. TrialThe trial shall proceed according to the standards set forth in the Book of Discipline.
IV. Disciplinary Sanctions
Disciplinary Sanctions will be made in accordance with the standards set forth in the Book of Discipline.
Book of Confessions
The Book of Confessions is made up of four smaller parts: the Westminster Confession of Faith, which is the basic confession of Presbyterian faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and our own Olivet Assembly Statement of Faith. Click the links below to open the full text of each document.
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Westminster Confession of Faith
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Westminster Larger Catechism
Statement of Faith
Olivet Assembly general office takes responsibility for administration, officer appointment, trainings, and etc.