Pakistan has a majority Muslim population with a struggling Christian minority.
Zarephath Bible Seminary (ZBS) was established to train Pakistani Christians to become Christ-like servant leaders. Their dream is for Pakistani Christians to not have to go overseas to receive faithful bible teaching training, but to receive quality theological education in their own country, language and culture.
ZBS combines classroom instruction with practical work in order to create servant-hearted Christian leaders. A key part of a three-year course includes nine months of practical ministry training, where students are involved in outreach and mission around the country. Within the classroom, students learn how to read and understand the Bible and how to teach it in a range of contexts. ZBS hopes that students who graduate from the college will take with them healthy models of evangelism as they serve around the country.
Nearly 300 individuals have graduated from ZBS, 82% of which are engaged in full time service of the Lord Jesus. Ministries they have gone on to include leading and pastoring churches, children’s work, women's ministry and various evangelistic outreaches.
Currently the college's major limitation is its size. The number of students they can admit is restricted by its having only two classrooms. Crosslinks are supporting ZBS as they commit to building a new campus that will support many additional students. At the same time, ZBS are launching several income generating schemes, which will help sponsor students to attend the college. The completion of both these projects will ensure financial security for the future and result in many more Pakistani Christians being trained to serve Christ throughout Pakistan
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I thank God, for all his grace, mercies and provision amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the many challenges, pressures and difficulties, the ZBS team were able to set four goals towards setting up online theological education:
Firstly, we wanted to complete the Spring semester, as it had been interupted by lockdown. Then, secondly, our goal is to complete our M.Th, M.Div, B.Th, Diploma and evening summer courses. The third goal is to start our fall semester in September with both residential and online classes. The fourth goal is for next year and years to come. We want to set up a proper system of online theological, pastoral and missional training alongside our residential classes.
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