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Code of Conduct Set Standards

The Methodist Church in Fiji’s 2015 Annual Conference has provided a clear guideline to help and protect the church members and its leaders. Methodist Church general secretary Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa
26 Aug 2015 11:40
Code of Conduct Set Standards

The Methodist Church in Fiji’s 2015 Annual Conference has provided a clear guideline to help and protect the church members and its leaders.

Methodist Church general secretary Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa said there were a number of key ethical concepts highlighted in the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct covers:

  • The ministry relationship (na veiwekani vakalotu);
  • Power (na kaukauwa);
  • Boundaries in ministry (na lawa ni veiqaravi e na lotu);
  • Personal relationships (na veiwekani);
  • Justice making (na cakacaka ni lewa dodonu) and forgiveness (na veivosoti); and
  • Confidentiality (na veimaroroi).

“The code of conduct will lead our ministers, deaconesses and leaders for effective ministry for the people of God and for the protection and wellbeing of those they serve and once it is in place, any person may report an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct to the divisional superintendent or me,” he said.

Methodist Church in Fiji Secretary for Christian Citizen and Social Services Reverend Iliesa Naivalu said the Code of Conduct cited the curch’s responsibility to make its community of faith a ‘safe space’, ‘to do all they can to make all their places, their worship, their meetings, their homes, their fellowship gatherings and all their church activities places of safety and free from abuse.

“The Code of Conduct is now three years in the making and it is in line with our teachings, Rev Naivalu said.

“We urge members to read and understand it as this is the first Code of Conduct for the Methodists in Fiji; there are laws in regards to women and children and it covers them all and also acts as a protection for all our members.

“We do some social services as part of the Lako Yani Vou whereby we look after the needs of the people living close to us, especially those in need of help regardless of faith and race,” he said.

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