University of Aberdeen

The Centre for Global Development (CGD) at the University of Aberdeen was created to facilitate and generate work on international development across the University. It espouses an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, recognising that future long-term research must be coordinated across all areas of sustainable development to maximise impact in less developed countries.

Project 1: Aberdeen University and Zomba Theological College Collaborative Partnership

Empowering local church leaders

Area of work: Church Leadership
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Project lead:
Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey
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Partner organisation:
Zomba Theological College
Partner contact:
Rev Dr Takuze Chitsulo
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Church of Scotland and Presbyterian Church of Canada
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Description of project

The project provides training to church leaders in Malawi through the MTh Ministry Studies programme facilitated by Aberdeen University and delivered at Zomba Theological College.

Fourteen ministers completed the programme in August 2019 and a further fifteen ministers joined the programme in October 2019.We build the capacity of Zomba Theological College through offering three members of staff a place on our distance PhD programme.

Due to Covid19, the MTh MS programme that started in 2019 was suspended between 2020 and 2022, but resumed earlier this year. The students will complete the programme in 2023.

Key successes and outcomes so far

Leadership Training for thirty CCAP church leaders in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Future and ideas for partnership development

Discussions are being held with the CCAP to discern further opportunities for collaborative projects.