People can’t talk about ZEMA without talking about “ZEBS.” Zion Evangelical Bible Schools are a big part of what we do.
Why are these schools so important to our mission?
As missionaries we talk about trying to “put ourselves out of a job.” We’d like to see local leaders rise up and become the next generation of teachers and spiritual leaders. ZEBS education is key to reaching this objective.
The classes train pastors and leaders who have an intimate connection to the culture but will also preserve and spread biblical truth. Topics include Bible Survey, The Minister, Church Administration, Systematic Theology, Evangelism, Missions, Preaching, Hermeneutics, Exegesis, World Religions, Chronological Studies, Sunday school, and HIV/AIDS.
Initially, ZEBS lecturers were exclusively Western missionaries. As of 2018, the schools are staffed by 22 ministers of Western descent and 48 native pastors.
There are 78 ZEBS in Southern Africa with 2,500 students total. Through the continued growth of these schools, we hope to see the fulfillment of ZEMA’s central mission: to know God and make Him known among the Zionists. In Swaziland, the schools started under the name “Zion Bible College,” and ZBCs have spread alongside ZEBS. Different name, same vision.
Through ZEBS, Zionists have the opportunity to learn the word of God, grow in their relationship with Him, connect with one another, and begin to see their local congregations as a part of God’s greater work: building the body of Christ. Through ZEBS, we envision God’s word spreading across the continent like a fire that will not be extinguished.