Jesus said that the harvest is ready, but the laborers are few. He asked His disciples to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into this great harvest. Rhema Bible Training Centers around the world are a part of this prayer being answered as students are equipped, trained and sent to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. We have a great heritage, but an even greater future as we continue to train men and women to take their place working with God to touch a hurting and broken world.
The Heritage of RHEMA Zambia
RHEMA Bible Training Center originated as a result of God’s plan. Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin heard statistics that most Bible college graduates found no practical use for 80 percent of what they had learned in school. Brother Hagin decided to focus on the usable 20 percent.
At the Lord’s direction, he asked his son, Rev. Kenneth W. Hagin, to carry out the vision of establishing the Bible school. A curriculum of foundational spiritual truths and practical ministry techniques was compiled. RHEMA opened with its charter class of 58 students in 1974.
More than thirty-five years later, the touch of God is evident, with over 65,000 graduates around the globe. Revival continues to be passed from generation to generation. RHEMA Zambia is fulfilling Gods plan to prepare labourers for the end-time harvest. The prophecy below, delivered by Kenneth E. Hagin during the school’s 1979 graduation ceremony, emphasized the divine purpose of RHEMA and its graduates.
What is that sound? What is that sound I hear?
What is that sound? What is that sound that I hear? It’s the sound of many feet. It’s the sound of beautiful feet. It’s the sound of feet going forth with the Good News. Who are these that make this sound of tramp, tramp, tramp as they come – as they go tramping along? Who are these?
Yea, they are those chosen of the Lord, called of God, equipped by His Spirit. Yea, they are those who have been loosed from the bondage of the enemy and sent forth to set men free. They’re those with the story of redemption, the story of freedom, the story of the glory of God.
Who are these who go forth ever enlarging in number and increasing in number? Who are these? Yea, they are those who do know their God. They are those who do know His word. They are those who know the mighty Name – the Name that’s above every name, the Name of Jesus.
They’re those who know how to take the Name and break the power of darkness over the lives, the mind, the bodies, the spirits of men and set them free. Yea, they are those with the message of deliverance, the message of healing, the message of victory, the message of God.
Who are these and from whence have they come? Where are they going? Yea, they come from the very bosom of the Father – from the right hand of God. For their Master, even the Lord Himself, as He ascends on High, gave gifts unto men. And He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
They come from the very throne of God – from the right hand of authority. Where are they going? They’re going to the uttermost parts of the earth. They’re going where an empty hand is reaching out for help. They’re going where there is a hungry cry, hungry for the bread of life and for the true Bread of life. He’s crying out for help. They’re going around the world to tell the story, to proclaim the message, to do the work that God called them to do.
~ Kenneth E. Hagin May 1979
Train labourers for the harvest fields of the world, in order to help fulfill the Great Commission.
For more than 35 years, RHEMA Bible Training Center has offered some of the best ministry training available. Established in 1974 as a result of a divine mandate to Kenneth E. Hagin, Rhema has always focused on training people from all walks of life to be effective labourers in the spiritual harvest fields of the world. Through their training, those who attend RHEMA also learn how to apply the principles of God’s Word to their everyday lives. RHEMA has accomplished this through a balanced, Bible based curriculum that emphasizes both the practical skills and spiritual disciplines needed to succeed in every area of life and ministry.
Preparing people to find and fulfill their God Given Purpose.
Everyone has a God given purpose. From the time you were born, God has had His eye on you for a reason. No matter where you are in life or how you see yourself, God sees more. There are people you haven’t even met yet whom God will be able to reach through you! These are the people God sees when He thinks of you. These thoughts may be a little intimidating, but God will always equip us for what He has called us to do. That’s why RHEMA exists! Rhema Zambia is an official member of the International Rhema family. Course credit is transferable within this 140 campus global family. The curriculum is also accredited with other theological institutions in the United States.
Kenneth W. Hagin, President of Kenneth Hagin Ministries and pastor of RHEMA Bible Church, ministers around the world. Known for calling the Body of Christ to steadfast faith, he seizes every ministry opportunity to impart an attitude of “I cannot be defeated, and I will not quit.” In his early years of ministry, Rev. Hagin was an associate pastor and travelling evangelist. Later, he went on to organize and develop RHEMA Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and in other countries around the world. Rev. Hagin delivers messages that reveal key spiritual truths about faith, healing, and other vital subjects. He ministers with a strong healing anointing, and his ministry leads the Body of Christ into a greater experience of the glory of God! Kenneth W. Hagin and his wife live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the son of the late Kenneth E. Hagin.
Passionate, joyful, and vibrant . . . these words best describe Lynette Hagin. Lynette is an author, teacher, and conference speaker and host. She serves as the Director of RHEMA Bible Training Center and General Manager of Kenneth Hagin Ministries. She also assists her husband, Kenneth W. Hagin, in pastoring RHEMA Bible Church.
Her positive, practical, and often humorous presentation touches people from all walks of life. Lynette is committed to helping people succeed in life by sharing a life-changing, powerful message—”You can make it!”
Walker and Haley Schurz are Directors of Rhema Bible Training Center Zambia and have ministered in Southern Africa since 1992. They are both graduates of Oral Roberts University and Rhema Bible Training Center (USA). Pastors Walker and Haley had the privilege to be trained at Rhema by both Pastor Kenneth W. Hagin and his father Kenneth E. Hagin. They have a long and rich heritage of service and leadership.
After ministering and living for ten years in South Africa, Walker and Haley have made their home in Lusaka, Zambia since 2004. They also lead Miracle Life Family Church, a growing and vibrant international church of over 3,000. They have a deep desire to see believers grow, develop and fulfill their God-given destiny.
Faculty members are chosen locally and abroad after careful consideration to their call, life, testimony and personal integrity. The scriptures are clear that we are to know those who labor among us. The faculty at RHEMA Bible Training Center comes with a wealth of combined experience and expertise in their respective fields of ministry and life. This is a noted characteristic of RHEMA Zambia, that seasoned ministers provides the critical experience factor to enable the next generation to learn from the triumphs and failures of those who have gone before them. RHEMA provides the students exposure to the diversity of ministerial gifts as described in Ephesians 4:11-12. This diversity is one of the key ingredients that is combined to ensure the full development of students into mature believers and ministers.
The beauty of any good gift begins with the package. The package in which RHEMA is delivered is Ministerial Excellence. God gave His very best when He gave us Jesus. The standard of Excellence at RHEMA Zambia reflects God’s love and value for people. Every ministry encounter is delivered with excellence, timing, punctuality, sharpness, accuracy, quality and skill. People are deserving of the best. By expressing ourselves in excellence we are representing God to others.
RHEMA Zambia is raising the standard of ministry through instruction and in demonstration. Course instructors are selected with excellence in mind. From the admissions office across the campus to the classroom, RHEMA Zambia is setting the standard.