Named after the first black President of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA), the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) is the official theological school founded, owned and fully supported by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa which extends over six countries in the region, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. SMMS is also ecumenical in that it draws students from across the mainline churches. SMMS students hail from the various racial and ethnic backgrounds of southern Africa, with staff drawn from all over sub-Saharan Africa.
SMMS was mandated by the Methodist Church to “Form Transforming Leaders for Church and Nation“. Thus, the seminary understood from the start that its task was not merely to produce graduates with strong academic credentials in theology, but also to form individuals of spiritual maturity with impeachable personal values and virtues. As such, SMMS prides itself on its parallel and integrated Academic and Formation Programmes.
Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary “forms transforming leaders for church and nation” by providing the spiritual formation, academic, vocational and practical training required to develop skilled leaders of integrity, faithfulness and excellence. The academic faculty of the Seminary is passionately committed and qualified to develop the kind of transformational leaders the church and nation need. All are committed to teaching theology in an African context whilst retaining a sense of the international perspective – local and global worldviews – with an emphasis on empowering people for the development of our emerging society.