Zion Christian Church

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The Zion Christian Church (or ZCC) is one of the largest African initiated churches in southern Africa, with members belonging to ZCC star and members belonging to the Saint Engenas ZCC. [1] The church's headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo Province, South Africa, and the two congregations that compose the church are led by Barnabas Lekganyane and Saint Engenas Lekganyane, the grandsons of its founder.

History[edit]

The ZCC was formed in 1910[dubious ] by Engenas Lekganyane, a former member of the Free Church of Scotland, .[dubious ] ZCC members trace the founding of the church to a revelation which Lekganyane is said to have received from God. The church was initially based in Lekganyane's home village of Thabakgone, near Polokwane in South Africa's Limpopo Province, and was officially registered as a church in 1942, by which time congregations had additionally been established in Botswana and Zimbabwe. The early church was strongly influenced by the doctrines of the Christian Catholic Church of John Alexander Dowie, based in Zion, Illinois in the United States of America, and by the teachings of the Pentecostal missionary John G. Lake, who began work in Johannesburg in 1908. Each year during Easter Holidays Church members drive to Moria, Polokwane (between 4 an 5 million members) to meet the Bishop and to pray for blessings.

Characteristics[edit]

Zion Cristian Church St. Engenas and Star medals on Green background.

Beliefs[edit]

Members of the ZCC generally believe [3] that:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ South African government guide
  2. ^ Anderson, A., 1999. "The Lekganyanes and Prophecy in the Zion Christian Church", Journal of Religion in Africa, xxix - 3
  3. ^ Hanekom, C., 1975. Krisis en Kultus : Geloofsopvattinge en seremonies binne 'n Swart Kerk, Academica: Kaapstad en Pretoria
  4. Motshwaraganyi Tlhako "The two largest churches in Southern Africa", 2010 'Maltipular Senior Publishers'

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