The Lusaka Ministerial College has a short but winding history. It began as the Kabwata Baptist Church Preachers Class in the early 1990s and was started for the purpose of training lay preachers in the local church. Later, the pastors of Mount Makulu Baptist Church (Happy Ngoma) and Lusaka Baptist Church (Alfred Nyirenda) asked that this becomes a joint venture so that all three English-speaking Reformed Baptist churches could use this channel to train preachers. Thus, it changed its name to the Lusaka Reformed Preachers College (LRPC) from 1994 onwards and came under the oversight of the three churches. A missionary from the USA, James Williamson, came to Zambia in 2010 and asked that he run the college. He then modified it so that it targeted pastors from Lusaka’s sprawling high-density compounds and changed its name to Lusaka Ministerial College (LMC). He brought it under the oversight of the elders of Kabwata Baptist Church, where it has been since. James resigned as a missionary in December 2012 and since then the LMC has continued as he left it, mainly training pastors for Lusaka high-density compounds. It currently has an advisory board of pastors from these compounds and it is planned that they will take over the oversight of the college in due season.
Vision & Mission
VISION: LMC aims to be Lusaka’s college of choice for the training of pastors in Reformed Baptist convictions in order to ensure healthy churches in its compounds and elsewhere.
MISSION: LMC exists to train men who aspire to the pastorate, as well as to provide further training for men who are already engaged in pastoral ministry. We believe that pastoral ministry is only for males. Secondarily, as an extension of the local church’s teaching ministry, the college also provides further instruction for laypeople who desire to enhance their understanding of Scripture. These secondary programmes are open to both men and women, depending on the subjects that are being taught.
As a “church-based” institution, LMC operates under the oversight of the local church and the counsel of an advisory board, and other likeminded churches. The college’s faculty primarily consists of instructors who not only have biblical knowledge and teaching ability, but also are qualified pastors engaged in pastoral ministry. Finally, LMC requires each student to undergo an internship programme in a Reformed Baptist church before he graduates.
The doctrinal beliefs of the college may be summarised under three headings:
Committed to Holy Scripture
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture (66 books) in their original autographs. We believe that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in all their parts and are, therefore, trustworthy and authoritative in all that they affirm concerning history, science, doctrine, ethics, religious practice, or any other topic.
Committed to Reformed Theology
We believe that salvation always has been and always will be through faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. We believe that this central message of Scripture has been most clearly and accurately expounded in the Reformed Confessions of Faith, especially, in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, which is the college’s confessional standard.
Committed to Baptist Distinctives
We believe that baptism and church membership should only be bestowed upon those who make a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that the local church is self- governing and under no other ecclesiastical authority except the Lord Jesus Himself.
Conrad Mbewe; B.Sc., M.Phil., M.A., Ph.D., University of Pretoria
Dr. Mbewe has served as pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church since 1987 and has been the principal of this institution during various periods of each of its phases of existence. He is the chancellor of the African Christian University, heads the African Renaissance University project of the African Alliance of YMCAs, and is a board member of the Central Africa Baptist College and the Covenant College Zambia. He is the author of Maintaining Sexual Purity (2008), Foundations for the Flock (2011), and Lessons from the Lives of Olive Doke and Paul Kasonga (2014). He is also the editor of Reformation Zambia.
College Instructors & Lecturers
Kennedy Sunkutu; B.Sc., M.Phil., University of Pretoria
LMC is committed to seek the input and counsel of an advisory board made up of pastors from like-minded churches in the areas where it seeks to minister. The terms of reference of the advisory board are advisory to the elders of the Kabwata Baptist Church, who are the board of directors of the LMC. This involves:
- Giving advise on the strategic direction of the LMC.
- Helping with the publicising of the LMC.
- Helping build relationships between LMC and churches in the catchment areas.
- Suggesting ways in which the training at LMC can be more relevant to the situation on the ground.
- Helping build a financial support base for the LMC so that it becomes less and less dependent on external support.
The current members of the LMC advisory board are:
German Banda, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church, John Laing
Tel: +260969 643 123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtis Chirwa, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church, Kabanana
Tel: +260967 264 720, email@example.com
Clement Kaunda, Pastor
Chiyanjano Baptist Church, Ngombe
Tel: +260966 806 590, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lichawa Thole, Pastor
Chisomo Baptist Church, Matero
Tel: +260955 812 836, email@example.com
Since the primary purpose of LMC is to train men to pastor churches and to provide a flexible theological program that does not require the student to leave his church or job in order to complete studies in residence at the college, we have chosen to pursue international endorsement through the Reformed Baptist Seminary (RBS), who recognise this form of training and at the same time helps us to maintain the highest possible academic standards in theological education.