The United Methodist Church (UMC) has called on Zimbabwe to fear God and move together with the national leaders to foster development.

Thousands of congregants from the UMC converged at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare for the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference (ZWAC) Mubvuwi Convention.

Speaking on the sidelines of the convention, UMC Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, Reverend Alan Gurupira said Zimbabweans must fear God and work together with their leaders to foster development.

“We are a church which preaches unity, for people to be able to work for themselves and advance themselves in the economy, advance themselves in matters of education, that is why we have so many schools within Zimbabwe, we have Africa University which has put us forward and say united Methodists are for development,” he said.

ZWAC Connectional Ministries Director, Reverend Vienna Mutezo said the convention sought to encourage men to take a leading role in preaching the gospel to the nation.

“As UMC, we are seeing it necessary to drive our people spiritually, morally, socially and psychologically to remain focused and have trust in God,” Reverend Mutezo said.

The 3-day convention brought together Methodists from six districts – Harare Central, Harare West, Murehwa-UMP, Mutoko-Mudzi, Masvingo-Chiredzi and Bulawayo-Midlands-Botswana and Zambia.