THE Methodist Church in Fiji hopes the connexional plan that would be discussed today during its annual conference in Suva will be a source of direction and strength for its members.
The connexional plan, which is the strategic and corporate plan for the church, was first attempted in 1999.
The first attempt, according to the church's communications secretary, Reverend James Bhagwan, was somehow not translatable to all levels of church divisions, circuits and churches.
He said the ownership of the document by the church was also in question but the idea did not evaporate.
"In 2009 after the cancellation of the Rewa conference of the church, the then president Reverend Ame Tugaue, with the help of the general secretaries office, produced a 12-point plan to move the church forward. It was then titled The Way Forward. Years following that, the 12-point plan, The Way Forward, was mentioned at most of the secretariat meetings."
Mr Bhagwan said in 2012 when the usual two weeks Methodist Church Conference meeting was reduced to 36 hours, The Way Forward was put before conference for adoption.
"It is hoped that since the themes or pillars that made up the connexional plan grew out of a suffering church at prayer that this connexional plan will be a source of direction and strength for years to come for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma."