Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa

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ZEMA, Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa, is an international missions agency that ministers to the African independent churches in Southern Africa.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa
PO Box 727
Zion, IL 60099

Website: zema.org

Phone: 847-872-7363

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 366117732

CEO/President: Greg Seghers

Chairman: Barry Norris

Board size: 9

Founder: Edgar Mahon

Ruling year: 2012

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


ZEMA primarily ministers to the Zionists of the African independent churches. In South Africa they are often referred to as "amaZioni," a Zulu word meaning "the people of Zion." AmaZioni are syncretistic. They integrate Christian belief and indigenous African beliefs. This makes them one of the largest new religious movements on the planet. There are estimates of 15-18 million members throughout Southern Africa.

Though amaZioni are syncretistic, they have a desire to study and follow the Bible. But many amaZioni do not have access to either formal pastoral, seminary) or informal (Sunday school, church small group) Bible teaching. Depending on location and ethnicity, amaZioni might have limited access to any Christian resources.

The Word of God is powerful. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) When amaZioni get access to Bible teaching, it changes everything! It changes how pastors and church leaders preach, breaks chains of fear of evil spirits and ancestors, transforms home lives, opens the way for economic and social responsibility, and brings people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

ZEMA is uniquely qualified to teach the Bible and disciple these church leaders because we have a connection to the original Zion "mother church" a church established 1896 in Zion, Illinois. This Zion connection makes ZEMA missionaries amaZioni serving amaZioni in southern Africa! And through ZEMA, even missionaries from other countries can share "the true teachings of Zion" (the Bible) with amaZioni!

ZEMA starts and runs Bible schools, provides training for children's and youth ministry, publishes and distributes Christian literature, runs Christian camps, produces radio ministries, etc.

Mission statement

Working with the amaZioni, we are together becoming mature disciples of Jesus Christ, serving Him as He grows His kingdom in Southern Africa.

Statement of faith

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing as fully inspired of God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Ghost born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that God created man in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death, physical and spiritual; that all human beings inherit a sinful nature which issues in actual transgression involving personal guilt.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus, His ascension into heaven and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

We believe in the resurrection both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and the eternal banishment of those who have rejected the offer of salvation.

We believe that the one true Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local Church on earth should take its character from this conception of the Church spiritual, and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of Christ are essentials of Church membership, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances - Baptism and the Lord's Supper - to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith; that Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of the identification with Christ in burial and resurrection, and that the Lord's Supper is the partaking of bread and wine as symbolical of the Saviour's body and shed blood, in remembrance of Him till He come.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating121 of 102114 of 128
Fund acquisition rating64 of 10248 of 128
Resource allocation rating317 of 102432 of 128
Asset utilization rating378 of 102143 of 128

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,704$5,543$2,600$3,403$600
Short-term investments$365,590$6,550$32,281$50,866$44,315
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$456,362$112,472$105,058$133,086$197,402
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,148$1,105$5,526$281,041$281,041
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,148$1,105$5,526$281,041$281,041
Total assets$457,510$113,577$110,584$414,127$478,443
Payables and accrued expenses$4,911$7,863$16,046$3,265$2,704
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$4,911$7,863$16,046$3,265$2,704
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$3,897$2,697$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$3,897$2,697$0
Total liabilities$4,911$7,863$19,943$5,962$2,704
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$389,353$30,049($7,659)($22,990)$1,975
With donor restrictions$63,246$75,665$98,300$431,155$473,764
Net assets$452,599$105,714$90,641$408,165$475,739
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$950,392$765,509$787,432$645,891$835,270
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$47,766$2,245$826$3,104$653
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$47,766$2,245$826$3,104$653
Total revenue$998,158$767,754$788,258$648,995$835,923
Program services$592,327$673,752$883,330$675,211$748,395
Management and general$66,180$80,577$80,786$70,783$59,008
Total expenses$658,507$754,416$971,970$750,699$811,198
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$339,651$13,338($183,712)($101,704)$24,725
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$339,651$13,338($183,712)($101,704)$24,725


Greg SeghersMission Director$50,266

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/27/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


ZEMA : first known as the Mahon Mission. ZEMA has a close relationship with the Christian Catholic Church of Zion, IL, USA, that was founded by John Alexander Dowie in 1896.

ZEMA is a mission agency that ministers among the amaZioni of southern Africa. The mission was established by Edgar Mahon after he met with Daniel Bryant who visited South Africa on behalf of the Christian Catholic Church in Zion in South Africa. John Alexander Dowie had commissioned Bryant to oversee the ministry of this church in South Africa and Bryant commissioned Mahon to oversee the ministry among the amaZioni in his area. This led to the formation of the Mahon Mission today known as Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa.

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