Aberdeen University staff to train CCAP ministers in Malawi

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) ministers in Malawi are to receive training from staff at Aberdeen University, thanks to a new partnership.

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Day Three: Left to Right – Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey of Aberdeen University, Rev Alex Benson Maulana, Rev George Cowie of South Holburn Parish Church Aberdeen.

The university has teamed up with Zomba Theological College, in Malawi, to ensure students no longer have to come to the UK to study a special masters degree.

It is the first UK institution to take a theological postgraduate programme and teach it to church leaders in Malawi.

The initiative is supported by the Church of Scotland which is partnered with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).

A total of 14 students have been accepted onto the two-year, part-time ministry studies course which starts in September.

The university has reduced fees by 85% and students can apply for funding from a £20,000 scholarship programme set up by the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland.

Aberdeen University staff will travel to the city of Zomba, which is located in the south of the country about one hour drive away from Blantyre, where they will teach the four-module programme.

Aberdeen Presbytery is supporting the initiative, which will initially run for five years, by paying for course text books.

Rev George Cowie, of South Holburn Parish Church, which is twinned with the congregation of Kachere CCAP, in Blantyre, said: “The developing relationship between the college and university is to be welcomed and celebrated.

“By sharing our heritage of education we deepen the longstanding relationship between our two countries.”

Rev Kenneth Jeffrey, co-ordinator of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University who is responsible for the course, said it was a “new and exciting partnership”.

Rev Alex Benson Maulana, general secretary of the Synod of Blantyre, welcomed the new partnership, saying “It is an exciting programme and I think the church in Malawi is going to benefit a lot.”
Source:  pressandjournal.co.uk

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5 years ago

Do not come to but will come to you!!! Do not call us but will call you!!!

Albert Phiri
Albert Phiri
5 years ago

This is bad News for CCAP and Christianity in Malawi. The Church of Scotland is now a gay church and they want to export their Theological liberalism to Malawi. Kaya zanu Inu a BT. SYNOD with your attitude yongolaandila zilizonse.

Ngoni wakalongonda
Ngoni wakalongonda
5 years ago
Reply to  Albert Phiri

Gayism is global social ideology. As such whether you do your postgraduate in Malawi lectured by Scotsman or in Scotland, the responsibility rest on you to accept gayism or not. Anzanu ali ndi masters degree from Scotland koma si magay. Ambuye inu mantha ndi school

maurice sabuni
maurice sabuni
5 years ago

Thumbs up..this is great

M Sizini
M Sizini
5 years ago

This is a laudable development. Some of my (partially-sighted) colleagues will no-doubt complain that we need more masters of economics rather than masters of theology. However, others recognize that a spiritual malaise lies at the root of our economic woes.

Welcome to Malawi, (Ladies? and) Gentlemen!

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