Nearly 80 per cent of Zimbabwe’s people are Christian, but the Christian church faces challenges from Islam and traditional religions. The PC(USA) is involved in Zimbabwe through mission personnel and partnerships with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Harare Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).
The church in Zimbabwe has a well-educated clergy and laity, but it is struggling to minister to a society experiencing extreme political tension, social disruption and economic collapse. Land seizures and hyperinflation have contributed to enhanced political conflict. Many people have been displaced, and Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporter to a nation on the brink of famine. At great personal risk, some church leaders have spoken out against injustices, and they need the solidarity and support of partners in other parts of the world. While changes to monetary policy and the negotiation of a “global political agreement” between the ruling and opposition parties in 2009 have dampened political conflict and improved economic stability, many of the underlying issues remain unresolved.
Zimbabwe Partner Churches
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Harare
The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa – Presbytery of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Council of Churches
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Mission Network (ZZM Network)
- For more information contact Doug Tilton, Nancy Collins, Debbie Braaksma or Stacy Gregory
2013 meeting date: July 30–31 at the Big Tent, Louisville, Ky.
The ZZM Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.