Theological education birthed in the soil of Africa
For almost five hundred years the continent of Africa produced the intellectual and moral leadership of the early church. Often in the face of severe persecution, early church leaders such as Tertullian, Cyprian, Augustine, Origen, Athanasius, and Cyril of Alexandria along with the Desert fathers supplied courageous leadership to the African church. Their model of spiritual fervor, compassionate commitment to Christ, and significant contribution to early church doctrine and theology resulted in the church of the southern hemisphere strongly influencing the church in the northern hemisphere.
In the past few decades, African theologians and church leaders have been finding their voice. Their distinctly African voice. They have challenged the universalistic claims of Western Christianity and the culturally ladened colonial/missionary proclamation of the gospel. Today Africans are rediscovering their identity as African Christians who interpret Scripture through a uniquely African contextual lens, who desire to express their faith via a distinctively African style, and forge their future as full participants in the kingdom of God.
Vineyard School of Ministry Africa (VSM Africa) is committed to empowering and equipping diverse Africans to find their own voice through the exploration of Scripture, understanding their past heritage, and the engagement with their current culture and context. VSM desires to raise up leaders who will proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom of God as God’s missional agents throughout Africa and beyond.