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Local Church
The Rev. Godknows Risinamhodzi, Chitungwiza Marondera District superintendent, unlocks a new vehicle that will be given to Learnmore Rungwandi, pastor in charge of the Hwedza United Methodist Circuit near Wedza, Zimbabwe. Rungwandi had been walking long distances to minister to her four local churches spread over a 37-mile radius. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Circuit-to-circuit partnership enhances mobility for pastor

At Hwedza United Methodist Circuit, spread within a radius of 37 miles, the pastor traveled to four local churches monthly without a vehicle.
General Church
Larry R. Hygh Jr., Ed.D.      Photo by K. Neubauer.

Leadership lessons from Bishop Beverly J. Shamana

Bishop Shamana believed in and expressed a collegial form of leadership. She said, “I don’t have to have all of the answers myself, and I believe that wisdom resides in the body, and that the holy spirit gives wisdom to all of us.”
Local Church
Corn is harvested from a field next to New Hope Bethel United Methodist Church outside Leipsic, Ohio, in 2010. Allen T. Stanton, author of “Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations,” suggests the church can be a leader in economic and community development. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Don’t count out small, rural churches

While the demise of small, rural churches sometimes seems irreversible as United Methodist faithful grow older, strategies are out there to revitalize these congregations by focusing on what their communities most need.