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Church Saga Gets Intense

Members of the Victory Assemblies of God Chapel in Nasinu are hoping for a positive outcome from the executive council of the national body when they meet today. An impasse
21 Jan 2021 12:44
Church Saga Gets Intense
Police officers were called to intervene between Victory Assemblies of God Chapel members and a pastor in Nasinu. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Members of the Victory Assemblies of God Chapel in Nasinu are hoping for a positive outcome from the executive council of the national body when they meet today.

An impasse between church members and their senior pastor led to Police intervention on Sunday. Members of the congregation want the pastor out saying his behaviour was unbecoming of a clergyman.

A meeting was scheduled to take place between the church members and the executive council today to resolve the impasse.

Senior member Rueben Raj said the pastor in question was the national treasurer for the national body and felt that was why no action had been taken.

“The church’s constitution clearly states what needs to be done and we hope that the executive council will think of the congregation and its needs,” he said.

“All we want is a pastor who will lead by example.”

The Victory Assemblies of God church was formed in 1978 by the members of the congregation.

According to them, the lease for the church is paid by member contribution and so is the $250 a week salary for the pastor.

Members were also surprised to find out this week that the pastor and the executive council had made changes to the bank and signatories.

The Assemblies of God Church headquarters was named as the trustee of the land where the Victory Chapel is located. This is required by the Assemblies of God rule.

Members are hoping for the best outcome of the situation whereby the interest of the congregation and the church itself is protected.

A pioneer member of the church Pushpa Wati said in the church’s 40 year history, this was the first time something of this nature had happened.

The church’s general superintendent Mosese Cakau has been approached for comments.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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