Culpeper Times • March 8-14, 2018
➤ CCCMA, from Page 14 and his congregation has been instrumental in the organization of many events in the Culpeper community. During his three-year term as president Kalenga plans to encourage the CCCMA to spear head some of these community events. “I want to bridge the gap between our community and the association,” said Kalenga adding, “I want them (CCCMA) involved in the community”. He hopes to be able to have the CCCMA step into that role this year. Originally organized as the Culpeper County Ministerial Association (CCMA), the group recently added “Christian” to their name becoming CCCMA. During a recent conversation Kalenga expressed concern that some members wanted to become more inclusive and invite others into the association. He referred to the association’s vision which he said is “to unite Christian pastors. To provide a place where pastors will encourage and support each other and other ministries in our community.” Stressing the word pastors and Christian he added, “It’s one thing to have collaborations and other religious sects or entities included but when it comes to fellowship with fellow believers we want to come together and pray together in Jesus’ name,” said Kalenga. He went on to clarify that Christians pray in the name of Jesus and oth-
ers pray in other ways therefore the group becomes no longer unified. “The CCCMA is a fellowship of people in the same sect so we have to be a little selective,” said Kalenga about the unity of the association. He is quick to add that as a community member, a local pastor and the president of the CCCMA, he has no judgement about different beliefs, religions or entities. “It’s not a problem working with others during times of crisis or community problems but we [CCCMA] are a Christian group coming together, and meeting, with each other.” As president of the CCCMA Kalenga said, “I will reach out to other organizations during my term. Our fellowship with each other inside the association is different than getting together with others in the community of different faiths.” Unity comes up often when Kalenga speaks of his church family, other churches, the community and the organization he currently leads. “I am very optimistic. This year we are going to do a lot for God; the churches as well as the CCCMA.” He said, “we ALL have to work together to get things done,” and he wants the members of the CCCMA to come together to deal with community and socioeconomic issues. Currently the association is planning a prayer breakfast for community and business leaders in March. Kalenga invites any local Christian pastor seeking more information about the CCCMA to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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