The Presbyterian Church in Uganda (PCU) was founded in 1979 by Rev. Dr. Kefa Sempangi because of the void in the religious landscape in Uganda of reformed teaching and the practice of a Presbyterian form of church government. On 28th January 1981 the PCU was registered as a company unlimited by Guarantee and later in 2010 by board resolution, registered as a company with limited liability (Reg: 9269). Since then the PCU and her members have been actively involved in the gospel ministry in Uganda through evangelism, discipleship, church planting and deeds of love, mercy and justice. Being registered with the NGO Board (S. 591/126), the PCU is licensed to undertake initiatives to improve the quality of life of her members and Ugandans as a whole.
PCU commissioned a Strategic Plan 2012- 2017 that drew on 31 years of service and built on the successes and failures from the past. It was driven by the Lord Jesus’ Great Commandment – to love God and our neighbors and the Great Commission – to make disciples of all nations. It aligned with and was a response to national priorities, an international development agenda and the general policies of international partners. This was articulated in the overarching Uganda National Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) among other commitments. It also took into account the burden of increased moral decadency and diversion from Christ’s truth and holiness in Uganda. With a global shift towards the SDGs, a Global initiative on International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development was established to bring together governmental and inter-governmental organizations with religious and value-driven organizations in contributing to the SDGs. The PCU will aim at harnessing positive impact through the provision of a number of essential services such as improving economic wellbeing, education, healthcare and supporting victims of natural and man-made disasters. PCU will also align with this global initiative to ensure that we are able to contribute and influence the international agenda and collaborate with wider faith and development communities in delivering on the SDGs.
The new Strategic Plan for 2018- 2028 will take the same direction; re-defining faith and seeks to address these realities by helping the leadership identify its challenges, address them with strategies that are consistent with our biblical values, and outline guidelines for implementing these strategies. The overall goal is to enable the church to work together to steward its blessings and resources to advance the cause of Christ according to the principles and priorities of his Word as well as align with National and global development priorities.