Relationship with the Member churches
ZCC plays an enabling role with its member churches who will be expected to implement most of the programmes directly in communities. ZCC member churches are the vehicles through which the ecumenical mission of the organization is achieved. It is the churches who meet the direct needs of communities. It is members’ voices that ZCC consolidates to speak out on national issues.
ZCC engages with its members at two main levels:
- The church leadership at national and provincial levels
- Through district-based ‘Ministers Fraternal’ groups of ZCC members
ZCC works with the members’ leadership to engage government so that the root causes of the problems bedeviling Zimbabwean society are changed for the better. ZCC will link the relevant authorities with the Heads of Churches for effective dialogue to bring about change of attitudes and ways of doing things.
ZCC works through its 59 active ‘Ministers’ Fraternals’ (groups of local leaders from member churches) to bring change at community level. ZCC builds the capacity of its member churches to speak out against and address the causes and symptoms of the suffering of the people at the local level. The information generated at this grassroots level provides the evidence to inform advocacy at the national level.
ZCC has the advantage of highly mobilized members. The secretariat is currently overwhelmed with demands from member churches to help them address the social, economic and political needs of the people. Member churches take the initiative to demand support from ZCC. There is no problem therefore for ZCC to engage members’ interest and commitment to its ecumenical programmes of advocacy and capacity building.
ZCC members contribute greatly to the work of ZCC in non-financial ways. They invest considerable time in ZCC providing direction to ZCC through General Meetings, regular Executive Committee meetings and on-going standing committees. Members also take responsibility to organize ZCC capacity building programmes on a voluntary basis. They make considerable donations in kind such as use of church buildings, utilities and vehicles.
The Council is the supreme decision-making organ and at present, consists of 26 member denominations, two observer organisations and nine associate members. The official representatives of member denominations and associate members to the Bi-annual General Meeting constitute the Council. Five office bearers namely the President, vice President, The Treasurer and two other elected committee members form the officer’s committee, which meets regularly to deal with matters on behalf of council in between Executive Committee meetings. The Honorary President presides over the council meetings.
Except for matters traditionally reserved for Bi-annual General Meetings, the Council delegates its responsibilities to the Executive Committee. Membership to the Executive Committee is composed of all heads of member denominations, one representative from each church and Honorary Officers. The Executive Committee acts as a Board of Directors on behalf of the Council. It discharges its function through regular meetings, delegations, and through its sub-committees and standing committees. At present the Executive Committee has a membership of 52 and 5 standing committees.
The Executive Committee delegates the day-to-day running of the Council affairs to a secretariat headed by the General Secretary, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the ZCC. Council operations are structured into three departments, the General Secretariat, which is made up of the Administration, Personnel and Finance and special programme such as Rainwater Harvesting; the Training department is charged with the responsibility of short and long term training; the Church in Society deals with issues of Justice Peace and Advocacy, Women, Youth and Child Survival. Directors are responsible for all activities within the departments.
ZCC Member Denominations
1. African Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
2. African Methodist Episcopal Church
3. African Independent Church
4. African Reformed Church
5. Anglican Diocese of Central Zimbabwe
6. Anglican Diocese of Harare
7. Anglican Diocese of Manicaland
8. Anglican Diocese of Matebeleland
9. Anglican Dioceses of Masvingo
10.Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe
11.Christian Marching Church
12.Church Of Central Africa Presbyterian
13.Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
14.Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe(Eastern Diocese)
15.Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe(Central Diocese)
16.Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe(Western Diocese)
17.Independent African Church (Mushakata)
18.Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
19.Presbyterian Church of Africa
20.Reformed Church in Zimbabwe
22.United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
23.United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
24.United Methodist Church
25.Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa
- Bible Society of Zimbabwe
- Ecumenical Arts Association
- International Bible Society
- United Theological College
- Young Men’s Christian Association
- Young Women’s Christian Association
- Zimbabwe Student Christian Movement
- Zimbabwe women’s Bureau
- FEBA Radio
- Roman Catholic Church
- Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa
- Christian Care
- Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals(ZACH)
ZCC Board Members
President - Bishop Ishmael Mukuwanda - Head of the Anglican Diocese of
Central Zimbabwe. He was the vice-president in the previous Board.
Vice President - Bishop Amos Ndhlumbi - Presiding Bishop of the
Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.
Treasurer - Mr David Mangemba - United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe.
Holder Bachelor of Accountancy degree and with experience of working
with Non-governmental organizations.
Officer 1 - Rev. Chamunorwa Chiromo - Head of the Baptist Convention
Officer 2 - Mrs Synthia Manasa - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe(ELCZ).