Zambia partner school addresses major societal challenges in ministry
The Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) in Ndola, Zambia, was founded in 1981 to equip compassionate leaders for the country’s Church and beyond. As the only theological training institution at the post-secondary level in Ndola, TCCA’s 209 graduates serve the Church in a variety of ministries, including pastoral and denominational leadership, Bible school teaching and community development.
Zambia faces several major societal challenges. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with nearly 80% of the population living below the poverty line. It has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world, and the “prosperity gospel” in Zambia’s pulpits is growing in popularity. In response, TCCA places much emphasis on community development through students’ practical ministry and courses that address HIV/AIDS. Several alumni are also involved in ministry that targets the HIV pandemic. In addition, TCCA is working to train leaders and graduates who will be able to counter the prosperity trend and offer solid biblical teaching and alternative models to follow.
Many denominational leaders, Bible school lecturers and community developers are TCCA graduates. The college is an African model of effective interdenominational cooperation for all of its degree programs. Student Jennipher Mutale Njovu says about her studies, “I have learned the importance of studying God’s Word as someone who teaches and preaches it in my church. I have also grown spiritually.”
Date: 6/2/2008 12:33:23 PM