A Practical Theological Assessment of Schisms in the RCZ (1996-2001)
This study is descriptive research and a practical theological study of the schisms in the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ) that took place between 1996 and 2001 and led to the formation of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA).
It aims to analyse the historical, global and local contexts as regards these schisms in the RCZ.
The research questions are: What led to these splits, how did they happen and how can they be prevented? No measures have been put in place to educate or guard against further schisms.
The goal of this study is to propose informed precautionary measures to the RCZ to prevent a recurrence of schisms in future.
This study recommends that church leadership, at least all the ministers, should be trained in conflict resolution and management and should stay abreast of God‘s missional praxis in this fast and ever-changing world.
Lukas Soko Ph.D.
is an Associate Professor in Practical Theology specialized in Congregational Upbuilding.
He is an Ordained Minister with the Reformed Church in Zambia since 1993.
He studied at Justo Mwale University, University of Zambia and Stellenbosch University.
Also, he served as Lecturer and Dean of Studies and Vice-Chancellor at Justo Mwale University.