In 2012 St John’s Seminary signed a memorandum of understanding with the North West University of South Africa to start offering postgraduate degrees. The aim was to upgrade the Seminary Program so that qualified priests from St John’s in-house diploma course could attain an internationally recognized degree.
The 2013 student intake of clergy serving in parishes is on course and will graduate in November 2015. This program is intended to help many of the parish clergy to better serve the community “in this modern and challenging Zambia”.
There is also an off-campus theology training program for the laity in all five dioceses of Zambia. The 2013 -14 program has already benefitted the targeted lay ministers in each of these dioceses, both male and female, and youth who make up the larger majority of each congregation. The seminary aims to expand this training program to other church groups. By training both laity and clergy, the Church will continue to be strengthened.
Seminary registration with the local Ministry of Education department is progressing and once registration is granted, the seminary will begin to offer accredited graduate programs.
|Teachers and students at St John’s Seminary in Zambia.
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