General Superintendent David W. Graves (left-center) takes part in the Zimbabwe West District ordination service. African Regional Director Filimao Chambo stands directly behind Graves. (Slideshow available)
Extension education in Zimbabwe leads growing church
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Zimbabwe West District
Extension education is doing an excellent job to prepare pastors in Zimbabwe, reports Africa Regional Director Filimao Chambo.

According to Chambo, the Zimbabwe West District had few ordained elders for a long time. However, a new class of five elders and three deacons was ordained on October 5 by General Superintendent David W. Graves. This brings the total number of elders to ten, with three deacons.

"This is a great sign of maturity and growth," said Chambo.

Zimbabwe West District Superintendent Andrew Nyoni commented: "The extension school continues turning out graduates every year. Now nine out of eleven churches led by trained pastors are led by extension school graduates. The board is very grateful to the pioneers of this programme and the current leadership. This programme came at the right time as the number of trained pastors was dwindling in the district. What is even more refreshing is that we have not lost any one of these graduates since 2006 when the first group graduated. It is these Extension School graduates who are spearheading the starting of new churches on the district."

Nyoni and pastors also reported wonderful testimonies of God's faithfulness, stated Chambo. "There is a strong mentorship programme of older pastors mentoring the new generation of pastors and 25 new preaching points are sponsored by a number of organized churches and senior pastors who are mentoring the young pastors," he said.

Additionally, Chambo announced Nyoni was re-elected to serve as district superintendent for Zimbabwe West for another four year term.
--NCN News-Africa
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