With theological education characterized by "reverence for biblical authority and respect for open inquiry and responsible scholarship" as one of its core commitments, Alliance of Baptists members voted in 1989 to give birth to Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, the first moderate Baptist seminary formed after the fundamentalist takeover of Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.
Now, more than 20 years later and for the same reason, the Alliance is helping give birth to the Zimbabwe Theological Seminary in Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Baptist in heritage but ecumenical in practice, ZTS is a community of learners committed to spiritual formation and excellence in scholarship. Working from global and inclusive perspectives, they strive to train men and women for the various ministries of the Church in Southern Africa and beyond.
Many challenges exist in beginning any new school, but the seminary’s work is compounded by the ongoing economic crisis in Zimbabwe. Last summer, seminary leaders reached out worldwide for help. The overwhelming response to that request is a testimony to the power of collaboration and cooperation.
In addition to collaboration here in the United States, help is coming from other points across the globe. The Italian Baptists, long-term partners of Zimbabwean Baptists, have pledged support for the new school. In Zimbabwe, the new seminary is partnering with a major university to gain accreditation and national standing.
Henry Mugabe, one of the Zimbabwean nationals instrumental in the new work, will be in the U.S. this summer. If you are interested in hosting him as a speaker, contact Dawn Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org