ABOUT 800 representatives of the Methodist Church are awaiting the outcome of its application for a permit to meet in August.
Church acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the annual meeting which was disallowed in the past four years was crucial to the operations of the church.
He said the conference also was part of the church's constitution.
"We're still awaiting the decision by the police on our permit application and, hopefully, the result will be favourable," Rev Nawadra said.
He said the meeting would focus on issues highlighted by the church's 55 divisions which begin their annual conferences this week.
"We will meet over the issues discussed in the divisional annual meetings," he said.
Rev Nawadra said the meeting would be convened at Suva's Centenary Church with the Suva division playing host if the permit was approved.
Director of Operations Police SSP Rusiate Tudravu said the sole authority on the matter was Police Commissioner Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua.
He said the commissioner had promised to consider the application and would make the final decision himself.
The meet is scheduled for the August first term school holidays.