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Rebuilding the broken walls of Zimbabwe with the Church, leadership and followership

Kimion Tagwirei
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 45, No 1 | a3054 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v45i1.3054 | © 2024 Kimion Tagwirei | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 November 2023 | Published: 27 February 2024

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Kimion Tagwirei, The Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


Biblically and historically, Christianity is meant to enlighten people, transform lives, and develop responsible and effective leaders and followers who influence life-building change across generations and borders. Somehow, even while churches mushroom everywhere, selfishness, irresponsible citizenship, moral decadence, systematic corruption, and related travails proliferate and are sinking Zimbabwe into monumental political, economic and social crises. Meanwhile, the holistic mission of the Church has been narrowed down to proclamation, while demonstration of the gospel has lost attention, and the integral mission has become socialised and secularised. As a result, Christian principles of leadership and followership, such as stewardship, servanthood, responsible citizenship and all-encompassing service delivery, have become correspondingly elusive. The ruling government of Zimbabwe has been militantly silencing dissenting voices and the nation has a dire need for a prophetic voice to speak about reformation. Meanwhile the Church is sheepish, divided, erratic, somewhat inaudible and this submission addresses that gap. Some Church members appear helpless and hopeless, while countless others are migrating to cool off in neighbouring countries, to seek greener pastures, political and socio-economic relief. Thus, many Zimbabweans – those who are scattered and those still in Zimbabwe – are in critical need of a great revival. By reflecting on the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s broken walls by Nehemiah, and employing an in-depth analysis of available transformational leadership and Christian literature, this article calls for an inclusive, spiritual, strategic and integrally missionary revival, to achieve a revolutionary transformation of leadership, followership, and nation building.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article interfaces ecclesiology and transformational leadership with politics for inclusive transformation.


crises; Church; revival; leadership; followership; integral mission; rebuilding; transformation.

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Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals


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