African Christian University

African Christian University

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Over a century of missionary effort has saturated Africa; yet why the notorious “inch-deep-mile-wide church”1 and continuous abject poverty of spirit, mind and strength across the continent? Aside from the increasingly man-centered methods as opposed to a God glorifying focus in missions,2 African theologians commonly attribute the ineffective Christian mission to a foreign, dualistic Gospel message that doesn’t address the holistic African life, but divides the impact of the Gospel between the sacred and secular.3 This is not the true Gospel.

From the political perspective, the solution to Africa’s plight of corruption and poverty is through education, specifically higher education.4 According to The World Bank reports, “During the past decade, Africa has experienced the fastest increase in tertiary enrollment in the world, far outstripping economic growth and the capacity of government financing to keep pace.”5 Ex-president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, recently gave a speech calling for advances in higher education to address Africa’s desperate need. He exclaimed, “The regenerated African university must be the principal driver of that intellectual awakening, which awakening will empower the peoples of Africa to remake our societies and our continent.”6

Can higher education achieve the remaking of African societies? Absolutely not! The routine importation of Western-style higher education has already demonstrated that corruption remains prevalent.7 Those who have been regenerated in Christ know that it is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom 1:16). For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21).  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Act 4:12). This is why Paul decided to know nothing among those he ministered to except Jesus Christ and him crucified – the Gospel (1 Cor 2:2). Our wisdom or eloquence in education will not transform lives; only the Gospel can accomplish that.

However, as an avenue by which the Gospel can be presented, higher education may very likely be the most open door to Africa before the church today. The tremendous demand across Africa for higher education must be noted by the church and capitalized upon as a vehicle through which the full redemptive narrative of the Scripture can be proclaimed and applied.  Upon the foundation of redemption in Christ, those whose minds are being renewed are then free to pursue the highest levels of scholarly endeavors growing in grace and knowledge of the One, Triune God.

This is the goal of African Christian University (ACU): to know and exalt God in the pursuit of all truth via every avenue available.  Through this ever-maturing relationship with God, students can turn their talents and education toward improving and developing their communities where cultural transformation of Africa can occur as Christ works through them. The Reformed Baptist Church Association of Zambia (ReBCAZ) has set their sights on creating ACU for this purpose.

 

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Our Mission

The mission of ACU is to educate students from the Christian worldview in the contemporary and historic body of truths through the classical liberal arts and sciences for all spheres of life and vocations by exercising students' discernment, discipling holistically, and equipping with practical skills.

Our Vision

The vision of ACU is to be an excellent tertiary educational institution that glorifies God through a training that is biblical worldview-based, innovative, stewardship-oriented and truly African.

  • Biblical worldview

  • Authority of Scripture

  • Reformed in theology

  • Excellence in scholarship

  • Faculty as mentors

  • Whole-life transformation

  • Relevant to Africa

Our Approach

The mission of ACU is to educate students from the Christian worldview in the contemporary and historic body of truths through the classical liberal arts and sciences for all spheres of life and vocations by exercising students' discernment, discipling holistically, and equipping with practical skills.The goal of ACU is to equip every student through a mentor-cohort approach with the basic truths, knowledge and abilities that allow learning and advancement of skills individually and in unity with others in any discipline of study, interdisciplinary application or technical vocation. This prepares individuals to excel in the wholeness of life. Biblical discernment practiced through studies across history, cultures and disciplines sharpens grammar, rhetoric and logic skills to the highest academic standards. Integrating astute labor in various professions, services and technical vocations most relevant to African developmental needs combined with the exercised ability to self-teach through study and investigation produces servant-leaders able to entrepreneurially innovate benevolent treatment of Africa’s deepest needs.

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