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Church Members Drop

There has been a decline in the membership of the Methodist Church in Fiji. In their last census conducted last year the church recorded a total membership of 198,777 compared
19 Jan 2015 10:37
Church Members Drop
The Centenary Church Choir group during the special church service for school children yesterday. Photo: Rama

There has been a decline in the membership of the Methodist Church in Fiji.

In their last census conducted last year the church recorded a total membership of 198,777 compared to the 200, 565 memberships recorded in 2013.

The church lost 1788 of its members.With its current membership, 83,266  which are members under preparation, 114,798 are confirmed members and 713 are members in association.

President-elect of the church Reverend Tevita Banivanua said there were various reasons for the decline.

“There have been claims that members were leaving due to the allocation of church levy (vakamisinare).

“There is only $15 that is allocated to a person throughout the whole year,” Rev. Banivanua said.

He said for members to submit their levy was not compulsory and nothing was forced onto them.

“A lot of our members have migrated overseas and a great number of our members are not registered with the church.”

He said another census would be conducted this year to make sure that unregistered members were counted as well.

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