THE Methodist Church in Fiji will hold five ministerial sessions and six representative sessions at this year's shortened conference in order to cover all important issues on its agenda.
Methodist Church spokesman Reverend James Bhagwan said the sessions would run for about two and a half hours each.
He said under normal circumstances, the conference would be held over two weeks with the ministerial sessions, choir festival and solevu held in the first week and the representative sessions in the second week.
"With only four days allowed in our permit, the time for thorough discussion is limited," Mr Bhagwan said.
"Representative sessions will deal with 34 questions as per the constitution, while the ministerial sessions deal with 25 questions covering the training, ordination, appointments of ministers and deaconesses and superintendents of divisions.
"It is expected there will be about six new circuits which will need new appointments of ministers for next year."
He said delegates to the conference were also foregoing morning and afternoon tea breaks and time for fellowship.
"We are hopeful that the spirit of unity and consensus will flow through the meeting so that we can keep to the time and make decisions on the important issues."
Mr Bhagwan said the major issues of the church, apart from the annual agenda, would be the churches connexional (strategic plan), constitution review and the jubilee and reconciliation programs.