THE Methodist Church in Fiji has agreed to work closely with its local churches next year so an accurate account of its members can be recorded.
This follows a presentation on the statistics of its members on Tuesday at the annual church conference in Suva.
The presentation also included gender and age details.
Following the presentation, a discussion revolved around how accurate membership details could be collected by local churches before being submitted at the divisional and national level.
An issue of concern was the gap between the church statistics and government statistics.
The 2007 National Census recorded about 300,000 citizens as Methodists, while the following year's church statistics had 209,958 members. This year, the church recorded 200,565 members.
The member statistics that will be conducted next year will also include honest responses from ministers as to why there is an increase or decrease in their membership. Meanwhile, Reverend James Bhagwan will continue in his post as the secretary for communications and overseas mission with the Methodist Church in Fiji.
Mr Bhagwan and several other department heads were endorsed at the church's annual conference in Suva on Tuesday to continue in their respective posts for 2014.
Other endorsements included Reverend Iliesa Naivalu as the secretary of the Department of Christian Citizenship and Social Services, Reverend Buisena Ravoka as the secretary for lay pastors, lay preachers and worship, Salanieta Naucabalavu as the secretary of the Department of Methodist Women, Reverend Josefa Katonibau as the secretary for education and Reverend Penijamini Masara as the principal of the Theological College.
Two new appointments have been made with Reverend Samuela Koroi now the secretary of the department of evangelism and stewardship and Reverend Ili Vunisiwai as the secretary for men's fellowship.