EducationEducation is a key element of the ministry at Kafakumba. We have five areas of emphasis:
- Education and training of student pastors
- Advancement of women
- Youth leadership and development
- Pastor's professional development
- Partner and employee development
The Kafakumba Training Center
The Kafakumba Training Center is the focus of our education ministry. The center began as a mission project of United Methodist missionaries, John and Kendra Enright. Although it is closely associated with United Methodists, it serves all who come. Its Pastors' Training School provides a seminary-type education for more United Methodist pastors than any other educational facility in Africa. The School also includes students from other denominations. Leaders at Kafakumba serve under the leadership of the United Methodist Bishop of the Zambia conference and work closely with other Methodists in Congo and Zambia.
However, the facilities of the Training Center are open for all to use at no charge. One can see church and community groups meeting there regularly. Ministries for women, children, classes in skills, life training, economic development, health programming, and social and culturally-appropriate programming for all ages find a home at Kafakumba.
Many partners from around the world, including Africa and the United States in particular, are part of the success of the Kafakumba Training Center. It is not only a ministry of the United Methodist Church, but also its own non-sectarian not-for-profit.
A Brief History of Pastors' School
The first session of Kafakumba Pastors' School was held in 1964 at a small compound that had recently been built on the shores of Lake Kafakumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The school grew out of a situation that developed in the Congo where the United Methodist Church opened a large number of congregations in villages throughout the southern area of the country; however, there were few trained clergy to work in these villages. Read more >>