THE Methodist Church in Fiji has called on its leaders to understand the background and pillars of the church as they spearhead the implementation of the connexional plan in their communities.
President Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu ended a three-day post conference consultation on Wednesday in Suva for divisional superintendents, chief stewards and senior lay leaders from each of the 55 divisions.
Secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan said the president also wanted the leaders to understand the key strategic areas of the plan and the process of integration to the local church level.
"One delegate commented at the end of the meet that now they had ownership of the plan and perhaps for the first time they would not be returning from the conference to their faith communities empty-handed but with a challenge to get out of their comfort zone and act in unity with the rest of the Methodist community in Fiji," Mr Bhagwan said.
The connexional plan is the church's plan for a way forward — a source of strength and direction for its members in the years to come. "The connexional plan will now be finalised with further input from the various departments of the Methodist church and is scheduled to be launched in October 2014 at the conclusion of the church's golden jubilee celebrations," Mr Bhagwan said.
It will then be trialled in three divisions, with pilot implementation in six circuits.