Forty pastors ordained for prison work

HARARE - Zimbabwe Prison Ministry (ZPM) Academy will tomorrow ordain 40 civilian pastors to work in prisons and help rehabilitate prisoners.
With the ordination touted to be a first of its kind in Africa and where civilians are trained for prison ministry,  one of the pastors - Martin Mugandari - is a former inmate.

Having trained as a pastor with Living Waters Bible Seminary, Mugandari is currently the national coordinator for the ZPM.

Established in 2009, the academy has trained 240 pastors who went through 100 hours of training over a period of two years.

“We felt that a lot of them went into prisons and preached the gospel of salvation but they only preached their particular church doctrine,” Noah Pashapa, a Daily News columnist and the academy’s president, said.

“We have introduced a curriculum which includes the biblical mandate to deal with prison ministry by highlighting people in the Bible like Joseph who experienced the justice delivery system,” he said.

“We emphasise the need to understand mental, emotional and social shifts that happens in an inmate’s life.
 We start at the point of sentencing to the time of incarceration, pre-release period and the day of release,” he added.

Pashapa said the Living Waters graduates, one of the biggest Bible colleges in the country, were required to pass through his academy.

Apart from training pastors for prisons, the academy also helps inmates in humanitarian work. - Thelma Chikwanha, Features Editor

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