Statement of Faith
The LEMA Institute teaches the truth of Scripture and shares the following Statement of Faith as adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals: http://nae.net/statement-of-faith/
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
LEMA Institute exists to equip Christian leaders in Africa for healthy, biblical, financially independent ministry.
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
2 Timothy 2: 2
Christianity is exploding in Africa!
The lack of opportunities for higher education have left the church with many untrained leaders. It is believed that more than 70% of ministry leaders in Africa do not have any formal ministry training.
Without knowledge of God’s Word and a biblically trained leader to guide them, it is difficult for African Christians to live faithfully in the midst of political instability, poverty, and generations of unredeemed tribal customs. This leaves many churches in Africa vulnerable to corruption, false teaching, and ungodly worship practices.
The troubling factors mentioned above combine to create problematic ethics in ministry. All too often the corruption and abuse in the church places barriers in front of God’s lost and faithful, making it more difficult for them to live into the hope, promises and truth that God has for His people. The cumulative result is that even while the African church is growing in numbers, it has not been able to realize anything close to its potential for sending missionaries to the world.
The LEMA Institute has been established to address these needs by providing ministry training opportunities and accountability systems so that these leaders can improve their knowledge of the Word and flourish in their ministries.