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Vakadewavosa brings bright promise for Methodists

Vakadewavosa brings bright promise for Methodists
Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa new president- elect of the Methodist Church of Fiji
August 23
12:28 2017

The appointment of Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa as the new president- elect of the Methodist Church of Fiji should be welcomed.

During his tenure as general-secretary Reverend Vakadewavosa showed great wisdom and insight when he publicly addressed issues relating to the church and the Government of the day.

He kept a clean slate and always reiterated the importance of spiritual enrichment of the church followers.

He never politicised issues with his statements and always kept away from controversies with a focus on the fundamental principles of the church.

The principles are based on the 12 pillars, which are;
• Salvation of people;
• The family;
• Education;
• Constant nurturing of people’s faith;
• Renewal of worship and stewardship;
• City mission and social services;
• Constant in service-training for church workers;
• Preparation of future church leaders;
• Evangelisation of the non-Christian segment of our society;
• Inter-church and inter-faith relationships;
• Development of the church properties (land and building); and
• Christian stewardship and other creations

An extract of Reverend Vakadewavosa’s sermon on New Year’s Day shows glimpses of the dependency members and leaders need for God’s guidance.

This is an extract from his sermon; “On the other hand we are now standing in the year 2017, and it is another year of responsibility as we pray for our lives, our families, our church members so that we can establish ourselves and strengthen ourselves in our Lord Jesus Christ, in this new year that we are embarking upon.

“It is our prayer that it will be a good year, a year of prosperity, and a year of blessings, but also a year where we offer ourselves to God, more importantly to offer our responsibility into His just and loving hands, to our Father in Heaven.”

After his election in Suva on Monday, Reverend Vakadewavosa indicated that one of the main tasks for him as soon as he takes office in January next year was to look at the reasons behind the declining numbers of its church members.

It is believed that the church membership recorded this year was 196, 534 compared to 198, 610 in 2016. This is a drop of 2076.

The other tasks Reverend Vakadewavosa intends to look at are:
• Domestic violence against women and children;
• Climate change;
• Education; and
• Restructuring of the church head office to reduce costs.

With that outlook, we can say that good times are ahead for the Methodist Church in Fiji.

At the same time a big vinaka vakalevu to the outgoing president Reverend Tevita Banivanua for holding the fort during some of the most trying times of the church.

He kept communication lines open with all relevant stakeholders and steered the church away from the rough open seas towards a safe harbour.

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