AICT-Diocese of Geita is one of the six Dioceses of the AICT. The Diocese has 89 Pastorates and 410 local congregations about 50,000 church members out of them 60% are children. These congregations are led by pastors and local evangelists. The diocese is located west of Mwanza region bordering with Uganda in north and Rwanda and Burundi in west. The area of the Diocese covers Sengerema and Geita Districts of Mwanza region and a whole region of Kagera that has eight districts namely Biharamuro, Bukoba town, Bukoba rural, Chato, Karagwe, Misenye, Muleba, Ngara. The main activities of the people in this Diocese are substantial farming of cash and food crops, fishing, and casual employment to Gold Mining Companies including small income generating activities.
Africa Inland Church Tanzania (AICT) is an evangelical church registered in the country in March 1965. It was established by Africa Inland Mission (AIM) international from the USA in 1909 but was handed over to the indigenous people in 1965. In 1993, the national church Synod decentralized into five Dioceses namely Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita, Pwani, Mara and Ukerewe; and of recently Tabora.
Geita Diocese of the Africa Inland Church Tanzania was officially inaugurated October 10, 1993 when the first Bishop, the late Rev. Zakayo Mayala Majige was installed the diocesan Bishop. The servant of God received his home call January 21, 2004 after working devotedly and faithfully since the birth of the diocese.
The AICT Central Synod elected Rev. Mussa Lucas Masanja Magwesela to take over from the late Bishop Zach Majige. As the diocese was celebrating her eleventh birthday, October 10, 2004, Rev. Mussa Magwesela was installed the second diocesan bishop. As it were, the successor should continue to carry on the predecessor’s plans; thus Bishop Mussa had to proceed from where the late Bishop Zach ended.
In achieving her vision and mission, the diocese has stipulated her core values that bound it and differentiate with other organisations or agencies as following here under;-
• The authentic of God’s word to his church
• Fellowship and holiness
• Love and caring to one another
• Humility and perseverance
• Evangelism and discipleship making
• Transparency and accountability
• Excellency in services
A Diocese whereby every person live in fullness of life, serving one another in love and care as well as praising God for His goodness
The Diocese tackles on building the capacity of her congregations and the community around to bring about holistic transformation to a people that enable them to live jubilant today and in the future to come
The dioceses focus on the following thematic areas or objectives;-
• Pastoral and mission development in which expansion of the church through evangelism, discipleship and church planting is executed
• Improvement of education from nursery, primary, secondary education and higher level
• Integrated Community Development that tackles on capacity building, physical development, environment, water and sanitation, and relief services to disaster affected communities
• Women and development that focus on both spiritual and physical development
• Health services especially on primary health care, treatment provision, as well as care and prevention to HIV/AIDS victims
• Youth and Development in which the focus is on spiritual nurturing, economic empowerment and prevention from transmitted deceases including HIV/AIDS
• Christian education provision through Bible school training, Sunday schools, children camps, and Bible knowledge provision to primary and secondary schools
• Leadership and Financial Management