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Deaconesses To Join Ministerial Session

The male dominated ministerial sessions of the Methodist Church annual conference was joined by ordained deaconesses (female ministers) when it opened on Friday. This was a first for the Methodist
14 Aug 2016 09:14
Deaconesses To Join Ministerial Session
Navosai Sunday School choir master (right), Pauliasi Cati fine tunes the choir group before they took to the stage at the Methodist Church conference in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The male dominated ministerial sessions of the Methodist Church annual conference was joined by ordained deaconesses (female ministers) when it opened on Friday. This was a first for the Methodist Church in Suva.

“This year’s conference will also be the first time ordained deaconesses will join in the ministerial session of the conference,” church secretary for communication and overseas mission Reverend James Bhagwan said.

The deaconesses joined ordained ministers, women and youth representatives from over 57 divisions to discuss ministry issues as well as endorse the ordination of 11 ministers and accept 17 new candidates for ministry.

Reverend Bhagwan said this was under new regulations and recognition of their equal status of ordination.

“While no major changes to the leadership of the church is expected, all leaders will have their terms confirmed by vote, according to the church constitution,” he said.

The Festival of Praise, which is a part of the week-long conference, also commenced on Friday at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva with choirs from primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, business houses and the majority from the churches and divisions.

Reverend Bhagwan said they expected around 300 choirs to participate in the Festival of Praise.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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