Methodist Church tearing apart over who should manage money

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 26 Jul, 2021 22:12 | 1 min read
Bishop Joseph Ntombura (centre) and other church leaders. PHOTO/COURTESY

A faction of Methodist Church in Meru has come out to attack their presiding bishop Joseph Ntombura whom they say is killing the church.

The leaders who gathered on Monday, July 26, 2021, want the church to go the devolution way and its power decentralized as opposed to how they say bishop Ntombura is running the house of God.

Led by the Reverend Meshack Kanake who was ordained as the president of Mt Kenya region on July 18 in Maua, the leaders called upon all the Methodist Ministers and members to join them in a bid to revise the direction the Methodist Church was taking.

Regional Coordinator Gerishon Mwiti asserted that the resolution for the Methodist Church to go regional was made in 1996 but this is yet to be implemented, thanks to bad leadership.

“Each region should have its own share of the church’s money instead of controlling it from Nairobi,” he said.

"We love him (Ntombura) but we hate the things he had done to the church. We also love his wife (Pauline Ntombura) who has maybe helped him in all things that had happened,” Kanake said.

On the same note, the church’s treasurer Kinoti G.K emphasized that they are not a splinter group, but full members of the Methodist Church that is against Ntombura whom they accuse of disrespecting leaders and using power irresponsibly and nepotism.

"He created a post for his wife in the church to siphon money whereas there are so many ministers on mission that are suffering due to financial strains," he said.

Today’s meeting by this group was in response of Ntombura’s statement that he made on July 18 while attending a service at a Kirua church in Buuri, Meru. He had said that the Kanake-led teamwas a splinter group within the church.