What We Believe


SHINE subscribes to the Lausanne Covenant, a declaration of faith agreed upon by more than 2,300 evangelical Christians during the 1974 International Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland and re-affirmed at the 2010 Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The Lausanne Covenant details our belief in being intentional about evangelization and the call to work together to make Jesus Christ known throughout the world.

We believe in one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of His will. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who is Savior and Lord, and who gave Himself as a ransom for sinners through His death on the cross. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, where, as truly God and truly man, Jesus is the only mediator between God and humankind.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God except
through new birth. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of God, sent to bear witness
of the Son.

We believe in the work of God’s Spirit for the individual’s new birth and
growth, and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission.

We believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be the only inspired, written Word of God, infallible and without error, our guide for faith and practice.

We believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church. The Church’s calling is to
worship and witness for Jesus Christ, who is the Head, preaching the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of all people.

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in power and glory to
consummate His salvation and His judgment. God will fully manifest His Kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and a new earth in which He is glorified forever and ever.

Our founder, Dr. Sammy Wanyonyi, served the 2010 Lausanne events as a Mission Africa Evangelist. As a participant at the Conference, Dr. Sammy ratified the tenants of this covenant. He currently serves on the evangelism committee of the movement.