As I commence my first blog post for 2012, let me welcome my 90th blog follower. Welcome Phil Barnes to "A Letter From Kabwata". We are slowly inching towards 100 followers. Let me also thank the many others who follow through email. It is good to know that people "out there" are reading what takes me quite some time to put together!
I have asked about eight Bible Colleges in Zambia that I would recommend to anyone to send me some information about themselves. This is in order to introduce them to my blog readers. They are certainly worth your support and onward commendation. It is for that reason that I am involved in one way or another with each one of them. I will be posting their details in the order in which they have sent me their information. As you will soon discover, their programs and fees do not fit every potential student. So, if you ever want to do theological studies in Zambia, look at the full list and then choose the one that best approximates your need. At least I can guarantee good quality input from the lecturers!
The first Bible College that sent me its information was the Lusaka Ministerial College, started by James Williamson some time in 2010. I will let James speak for himself.
|James Williamson helping one of the students|
|Isaac Makashinyi lecturing at LMC|
In May of 2010, we began meeting in Kabanana. We had about 12 students at first, and over the next half year the number increased. Eventually, the building we were renting was reclaimed for other uses by the landlord, but we soon found a more accommodating and permanent home at Emmasdale Baptist Church. Its pastor, Isaac Makashinyi, teaches Greek and other courses for the school. The location has the benefit of easier access for several of our students, and has made us able to reach other compounds since it is on one of the main routes for the minibuses.
|LMC students attending lectures|
Three of the key requirements for students applying to the school are: 1. a satisfactory completion of secondary school; 2. a clear testimony of conversion and understanding of the gospel; 3. a call to/desire for the pastoral ministry affirmed by his church. We make clear our theological convictions, and have the 1689 Confession of Faith as our doctrinal standard, but we invite students of various denominations to study at the college.
|Ronald Kalifungwa lecturing at LMC|
Lecturers for LMC include: Victor Kanyense, Ronald Kalifungwa, Conrad Mbewe, Isaac Makashinyi, Kennedy Sunkutu, and Grave Singogo. Some of the courses offered are: Doctrine of God, Interpretation of Scripture (Hermeneutics), Preaching, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ethics, History of the Reformation, The Holy Spirit, Doctrine of Salvation, etc. Speaking on behalf of the college, I’m very thankful to these men for putting in so much for the sake of training our students. I do not hesitate to say that this group of pastors is undoubtedly the best theological faculty in Zambia. It is a blessing and privilege to work with them, and to provide our students the opportunity to learn under such men. One of the requirements for students is that they attend services of the church at which their instructors preach at least once a month. We also are developing a mentorship program so that each student has significant one-on-one time with a professor with which they are paired, in order to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of pastoral ministry in a more informal and detailed way.
|A group photo taken during a day of lectures|
Anyone from Zambia interested in information about the school should contact Isaac Makashinyi or one of the other men listed above. To apply to the college, contact Andrew Sinkamba, our college administrator, at +260 966 497 317.
Lusaka Ministerial College is only 1-1/2 years old. We are still developing and growing. And that means that we would very much appreciate your prayers and support for this work! Because we are working with many pastors who cannot afford tuition, the school is, in effect, a labor of love that gets its support from churches and individuals in the US and in Zambia. If you are interested in supporting one of the students, or in some other way contributing to the work of the college, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for remembering this work before the throne of Grace!