Lay Training

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. ” (Hosea 4:6)

Lay Training is one of the most important organs of the Diocese. The Diocese realised that it was important to train lay leaders. The biblical keynote for lay training is Hosea 4:6. “Knowledge is power” and above all we learn the true meaning of leadership from the humblest of leaders our Lord Jesus Christ.

Work Done

In 2012, the Diocese embarked on an extensive training of Lay Leaders throughout the Diocese. This began with a training of trainers worship on the 16th of February 2012. A total of 25 trainers attended the workshop. In March and April these groups of trainers went around the Diocese in teams of four doing workshops for other lay , leaders. The areas covered in these workshops are as follows:

What is leadership? Qualities of a good leader, gender and leadership, leadership and change (why do people resist change?), how to manage change, general management, goal setting, controlling, planning, delegation, role conflict and motivation.

The workshop also addressed the roles, duties and responsibilities of Churchwardens, Councillors , Sub deacons, Catechists and Preachers.

And the role of Mothers’ Union, Anglican Fathers’ Union, and the Guilds of St Agnes, St Veronica, and St Benedict, criteria for choosing Church leaders, the handling and safekeeping of Church funds, methods of fundraising.

A total 1437 lay leaders were trained throughout the Diocese.


The Reverend Father Misheck Mbodza plays an important role in the training of lay leaders.

Father Misheck was enrolled at Masvingo Anglican Seminary in January 2005 and holds a Diploma in Theology. He was made a Deacon on the 2nd September 2006 at Daramombe Mission and was Ordained Priest on the 22nd of September 2007 at St Jude’s Mission Chimowa. He is currently the Priest – in – Charge of the Lowveld Churches in Chiredzi which are St Apollo’s Parish, Bernard Mzeki Parish and Triangle Chapel.

What keeps you going?
Knowing that we serve a living, caring and loving God, who is always there no matter what. Even when I lack anything, I know that the Lord is my Shepherd, and he is faithful, he loves me and sent his Son to die for me on the cross. Every morning when I wake up I realise that God has opened a new page in my life.

Is there a passage from the Bible that expresses your life’s goals?

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)