At the heart of ACTIVE ministry sits the development of new church congregations throughout the country of Zimbabwe and other neighboring countries. ACTIVE will accomplish this endeavor through the establishment of a bible college under the name Theotechnic College (TtC). The college has now entered the construction phase and intends to train church planters, preachers, and developing church leaders, equipping them with vocational skills for self support.
Education for Church planting
The established Theotechnic College trains church planters with intent to provide Christian moral grounding and to groom the people through Christ-centered spiritual, academic, and practical education in the arts and sciences. The encouragement for volunteer work and community involvement will provide students with real life situations to prepare them for the greater successful ministry and to bring about reasonable restoration of the country's economy through job creation.
The practical training in technical skills provides employment opportunities as students embark in several income generating projects to support their families, thereby reducing the unemployment percentage in the long run.
Student training will take four years with one year of fieldwork during which time students start new congregations. The idea is to establish Churches in the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe comprising of districts such as Nyamapanda, Kotwa, Mudzi, Mtoko, Murehwa, Marondera and Chivhu. Students will return to the classroom during the fourth and final year to complete their course work and to graduate. Upon graduation, the next group to go to fieldwork will continue with the establishment of the Churches. As such, the developing church will always have a minister until the time to hand over to the permanent minister. Each planted Church will have three to five years of anticipated maturity while the congregation identify and call its own minister.
Entrepreneurship derived from Vocational Training
Theotechnic College offers vocational training to equip Church planters with technical skills for self-support. Experience has revealed that in Zimbabwe many preachers leave the ministry because most Churches cannot afford to pay salaries, conversely, if the ministers receive skills training, they can work part time to meet their livelihood needs. Vocational training consists of hands-on-skills as well as income generating projects, small business initiations, micro-financing and employment. Entrepreneurship provides expertise, innovations, and new small businesses as students put their knowledge and skills into practice.
Community development gets us to where people are and provides an understanding of the needs of the market in order to serve them better. We initiate the creation of long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in communities we minister.