What is Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe?
50 years ago, a few Evangelical Church leaders came together to form what is now known as the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ). Over the years its membership has grown to over 562 member bodies comprising denominations, Church bodies, ministries and Para-Church organizations. The Fellowship represents over 4.5 million individual members.
Over the years the EFZ has become a strong, growing and unifying platform for preaching the gospel, equipping church leaders and facilitating fellowship and joint ministry, meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and being a positive influence in nation building efforts. Local and International funding partners have played a significant role in assisting the EFZ fulfill its holistic mandate of being salt and light to the community; and some of the partners included IOM, Mercy Corps, Christian Community Partnership Trust, Tearfund, Living Water International, World Vision, EU, ISO23, Africare, CCSF and EPOIZ among many others.
A Fellowship of Evangelicals fulfilling the Great Commission to impact the nation in all aspects of life.
To mobilize, empower and network evangelicals for the accomplishment of the Great Commission in Zimbabwe.
Our vision and mission are anchored on the following six core values, which guide behavior and conduct:
- Christ-Centered (God-fearing and God-honoring) in our service, engagement and leadership
- Love as manifestation of Christ and symbol of His sacrifice for humanity
- Faithful Stewardship of all resources we are entrusted with
- Respect and Integrity in our conduct and service
- Excellence in service and everything we do
- Relationships as central to our fellowship in churches, community, family and social interactions
Our Governance Structure
The Governance and operational structure of the EFZ comprises the following:
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) convenes annually and is the highest policy making body comprising Heads of Denominations (HoDs), and is responsible for transacting AGM business which includes among other things consideration of reports, ratification of pertinent matters and deliberating on the vision and mission of the fellowship.
National Executive Committee (NEC) is the governing council and its membership comprises the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Committee Members who are Chairpersons of Provincial Committees, the National Chairwoman and National Secretary of the Women’s Committee, and the General Secretary who is an ex-officio member. It is dedicated to advancing EFZ’s mission, values, strategies, policies and priorities.
Provincial Committees are responsible for decentralized activities at the provincial level, including planning, facilitation, and coordination of programs. They formulate strategy for funding, administration and effective implementation of programs in their respective Districts/Zones and wards.
Executive Management Committee is a secretariat arm led by the General Secretary, comprising the Heads of Programs, Finance and Human Resources and Administration. It is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the secretariat.
EFZ Strategic Priority Areas (2014 – 2018)
1. Holistic/Integral Ministry
- Building churches’ capacity to promote evangelism and discipleship
- Strengthening prayer sessions and events
- Developing holistic ministry capacity for churches
- Conducting theological education that mainstreams holistic/integral ministry
- Strengthening church leadership skills
2. Organizational Capacity Strengthening
- Resource mobilization
- Improving financial sustainability
- Improving organizational and governance systems
- Strengthening human resource capacity
3. Youth and Women Empowerment
- Promoting youth and women’s empowerment at various levels
- Advancing gender equality
- Promoting equitable and sustainable economic empowerment initiatives for youth and women
- Strengthening church capacity to empower members
4. Maximizing Impact on the Nation
- Strengthening EFZ’s capacity to act as a ‘Voice of Moral Conscience’ or moral compass for the nation
- Developing instruction materials on ‘Values Education’
- Promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, national healing and nation building
- Improving EFZ and churches’ relief and humanitarian capacity