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Methodist Church To Collect Census To Help Those In Need

Church’s annual leadership meeting started on Monday   The 58 divisions of ordained and lay leaders of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma have been urged to work on
29 Mar 2017 11:00
Methodist Church To Collect  Census To Help Those In Need
Methodist Church President Rev. Tevita Bainivanua , March 29, 2017

Church’s annual leadership meeting started on Monday

 

The 58 divisions of ordained and lay leaders of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma have been urged to work on collecting a census in order to reach out to those who are in need.

Church president Reverend Tevita Banivanua made this statement at the church annual leadership meeting held at the Centenary Church in Suva yesterday.

Reverend Banivanua said the Fijian Government conducts its census, taking details of the citizens of Fiji, gathering information such as their ethnic groups and ages, since all this information helps detail a snap shot of the country.

“We need to look closely at our numbers in reference to Government statistics and our own statistics. Census are nothing new to Christians as it is both in the Old and New Testament,” he said.

Reverend Banivanua said there was a need for the church to work on collecting its censors to find out the needs of people and to focus on the younger generation.

He said as a church, they needed to use their statistics as a way of determining where programmes and support for the people should reach.

“This is very important so that we can direct our programmes to those who need this support. A census of our active members and needs of all congregation are all part and partial of what I call ‘spiritual census’ of our church. Make this year a year of spiritual censors.”

The church’s retreat and annual leadership meeting began on Monday where a welcoming service was held.

The programme this week continues with the presentation by Lako Yani Management Company Ltd, talks on the solevu and conference preparation and the Navuso Agricultural Training Institution.

The annual meeting is set to conclude on Friday with the launching of the Young Peoples Department as a separate department from the Methodist Lay Training Centre.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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