Proclamation Institute Zambia (PIZ) teaches bible handling skills to Zambian men and women in their own culture and context. The Church in Zambia is growing at an encouraging rate but the rise in number of Christians is not matched by an increase in the number of trained pastors. Young Christians and untrained pastors are vulnerable to prosperity teaching and a message that combines true Christianity with traditional African beliefs.
PIZ trains preachers in order to grow churches. They hope that those they train will in turn train others, as per 2 Timothy 2:2. The PIZ course lasts one year and provides affordable and accessible teaching for church leaders across the country.
Andrew Muwowo founded PIZ in 2015, after a decade spent planting churches in Zambia but continually struggling to find pastors to lead the plants. He writes, “150 years ago there were no Christians in Zambia and yet, today, almost 30% are evangelical believers. There is a need for these Christians to be grounded in the scriptures. PIZ means that pastors can now preach from God’s word, rather than just their own ideas.”
In 2017, there were 23 students studying at PIZ. The syllabus includes principles of biblical exposition, Christian ethics, pastoral care, missiology and the study of specific bible books and genres. All students are attached to local churches where they are trained for practical ministry and can put into practice what they are learning.
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Alfred and Tryson are full time lecturers at PIZ and were part of the mission week team that went to Solwezi Chapel. What has been captured below is part of what Tryson wrote after the mission week:
This year PIZ missions week was in SoIwezi - a fast growing mining town in the North Western Province of Zambia. It was from 13 to 22 July 2018. The church that hosted the team was SoIwezi Chapel. The church did an excellent job in looking after the PIZ team. This included accommodation for 22 people in the team and preparation of meals in the ten days of mission work. They even adjusted the menu significantly and used their money to meet the changes made.
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