United Church of Zambia (UCZ)

The United Church of Zambia (UCZ) has a wide membership divided in 10 presbyteries. The Paris Evangelical Missionary (PEMS) known as the Church of Barotseland started working amongst the Lozi people as early as 1885. This is what led to the formation of the Missionary Conference in North-Western Rhodesia in 1928 with the Methodist Missionary Society (MMS), and the Church of Central Africa in Rhodesia (CCAR) formed in 1945. The union of the Church of Scotland congregations in Northern and Luapula provinces and the congregations of the London Missionary Society (LMS), the United Church of Central Africa in Rhodesia (UCCAR), formed in 1958 gave birth to the United Church of Zambia.

The UCZ being a Faith Based Organisation (FBO) holds faith in Jesus Christ by worshipping him as God the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost through whom man (being a sinner), can be saved by the grace of God through his son Jesus Christ.

The UCZ is registered as Trust under the Land (perpetual succession) Act chapter 186 of the laws of Zambia. The Church has a constitution which gives the guidance. There is a board of trustees and a committee of technical with various professional backgrounds. At Synod there is the Synod Bishop (Clergy), the General Secretary (Clergy) and lay professionals.

The Synod is run as secretariat for the Church under the superintendent of the General Secretary assisted by the line managers (Projects secretary, Administrative secretary, Education secretary, Health secretary, Financial Secretary and the Community Development Secretary together with the 10 Bishops).

At a glance

  • Formed January 16, 1965
  • Based in Zambia, Central Africa
  • Pastoral work which includes: • Community development • Governance and effects of democracy • Advocate for pro poor policies • Social and economic justice • Sustainable agriculture • HIV and Gender equality • Alternative livelihood approaches • Peace and reconciliation • Ecological justice • Theological Training, Mission & Evangelism i.e. Youth Children, Women and Men, Stewardship, Worship
  • Over 410 members of staff
  • UCZ does facilitate the running of projects for the community for self sustainability

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