United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
The United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe grew out of the work of the American Board of Foreign Mission of what is now the United Church of Christ (USA).
It became autonomous in 1973. The UCCZ acknowledges as its sole head Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour. It recognizes as kindred in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the word of God in the scriptures and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation to make this faith its own in the reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's supper or holy communion.
The United Church of Christ is composed of local churches, councils, conferences and the general synod. It is active in evangelism, rural development, education and health care. Three vibrant evangelistic and revivalist movements contribute much to the life and witness of the church: the Volunteers (men's association), Ruwadzano (women's association) and the Youth Fellowship.