In order to enhance the CCAP Synod of Zambia’s commitment to evangelism, Christian fellowship, and community support, each CCAP congregation has a Women’s Guild that is supported through the synod and the Women’s Guild Department. Each Women’s Guild congregational group consists of women ages 35 and above who come together weekly for bible studies, manse (pastor’s house) visitations, and guild meetings where they discuss how best to use their energy and time to help the church. Women’s Guild groups encourage women to become active members of the church, practice Christian fellowship, and use their talents and skills to give back to the community.
The main activities conducted by the Women’s Guilds on the congregational level include providing guidance and support to widows, widowers, orphans, and vulnerable children as well as doing hospital and home visits. Women’s Guild members also effectively evangelize to the community, bringing more women into the church who then become actively involved in the church community. The Women’s Guild Department works to give guidance to the congregational groups as well as organizes conferences, fundraisers, and guild activities. Currently, the CCAP Synod of Zambia has nearly 9,000 active Women’s Guild congregational groups.
In the past, Women’s Guild groups have pursued income-generating activities such as selling chitenge material, sewing handbags and purses, and making t-shirts for congregation members. The Women’s Guild Department also operates a farm in Mufulira in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, which is used to financially support the department’s projects and events. The department would like to expand the farm in order to become more self-sustaining as well as conduct trainings in entrepreneurship and agriculture, encouraging women to become more self-sufficient. The department would also like to conduct workshops on women’s empowerment, focusing on topics such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, and financial independence. The coordinator for the Women’s Guild Department, Susan Nyirenda, says that Women’s Guilds are incredibly important in the church community because they “revive, teach, and empower the women to discover their role in the church and in the community. We need to boost [women’s] potential so they work together with their congregations and have a larger impact on the community.”
“Sometimes we underestimate ourselves because we don’t have [an] education. But God does not consider education. We are called in our actions. It is not a mistake. It is not accidental.”
- Gertrude Banda, Kanyama Congregation Women’s Guild participant
Status: The CCAP Synod of Zambia is actively seeking financial assistance to support the Women’s Guild Department and its mission.
Women's Guild Conferences
Women who attend CCAP churches also attend Women's Guild conferences that allow women to bond with one another and worship together in their Christian faith. These conferences have guest speakers and give the women an opportunity to be supported as well as support one another.
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