Church Growth

Evangelism
The Rev. Josephat Banda congratulates his new district superintendent of diaspora, The Rev. Stephen Mukata (center), as Mukata’s wife, Perpetua Mukata, looks on at Old Mutare Mission in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during his appointment in 2018. Mukata oversees diaspora in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected

The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area has planted churches in Australia, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Local Church
The Rev. Jason Martens (left) holds a baby during a baptism at Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon, South Dakota. This is Martens’ second restart. During his tenure at Unite Church in Salem, South Dakota, attendance increased from 25 to 115. Photo courtesy of Celebration United Methodist Church, Brandon, South Dakota Facebook page.

The difficult process of church restarts

Church restarts are hard, painful and sometimes the only way to reach out to a community no longer responding to traditional ways of doing church.
Evangelism
Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, sits along the Congo River opposite Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Central Congo Bishop Daniel Lunge is working with local leaders to establish the first United Methodist Church presence in the Republic of Congo. Map data ©2020 Google.

Church evangelizes across Congo River

Central Congo Bishop Daniel Lunge is working with local leaders to establish the first United Methodist Church presence in the Republic of Congo.
Evangelism
The Rev. Oscar Nyasha Mukahanana, Harare East District superintendent, distributes Holy Communion to children and others at Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church in Manresa, Zimbabwe. The church, near Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, serves inmates, officers and their families. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Zimbabwe area plants church for prisoners, officers

Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church offers spiritual support and counseling to inmates, prison officers and their families.

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