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Methodists Launch Connexional Plan

The Methodist Church in Fiji officially launched its Connexional Plan at the Davuilevu Theological College in Nausori on Friday. Church’s general secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua said the Connexional Plan was
12 Oct 2014 08:31
Methodists Launch Connexional Plan
From left; Methodist Church president-elect Reverend Tevita Bainivanua, general secretary-elect Reverend Epineri Vakadewavusa and Ratu Peni Volavola during the opening ceremony of the Thomas Baker Memorial Church, Davuilevu, last Friday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Methodist Church in Fiji officially launched its Connexional Plan at the Davuilevu Theological College in Nausori on Friday.

Church’s general secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua said the Connexional Plan was to help the church determine its way forward.

“There were some difficulties with our relationship with the Government and others; during those times people tend to scatter, going their own ways and doing their own things,” Rev Banivanua said.

“What we have done is to try and initiate this move so that it can be the collating, a place where we can all meet together.”

He said they had their church constitution that was common to them all but a connexional plan set out their work from the grassroots level to the top management.

“It’s something new. This will be carried out with the emphasis on our spiritual life, environmental degradation that we are facing, emphasis on education and emphasis on health and other areas and training our members to become mature Christians,” Rev Banivanua said.

Project manager Meli Nacuva, who designed the connexional plan, said the project was very different from all the strategic plans that he had previously done in the corporate sector.

Mr Nacuva had worked previously in the corporate sector putting in place strategic plans for organisations such as the Fiji Rugby Union and Post Fiji Limited before joining the church.

“This is very different because you’re dealing with the spiritual element and trying to align that with performance indicators which was a little challenging and at the same time enlightening and things could be subjective in nature,” Mr Nacuva said.

He said he first thought it was impossible to implement a connexional plan into the church until he realised the amount of resources available in the church.

“It’s amazing the amount of resources here within the church, especially the people, a lot of well-educated and intelligent people. Working with the church was just really different. I walked away from finishing the project doubling the amount of experience I’ve had in ten years carrying out this work,” Mr Nacuva said. .

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