Church levy issue

Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa (left), the president of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma present during the 2018 Festival of Praise at Furnival park in Toorak, Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

METHODIST Church in Fiji and Rotuma president the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa yesterday cleared the air about church levies imposed on the church members, saying they were not forced on them.

He said despite the congregation not participating in giving levies, they would still be part of the Methodist family.

“Some do not give their levies, but as a church we go together and we encourage each other to carry together our burdens and take responsibility of the church,” said Dr Vakadewavosa.

“That doesn’t detach the church from their ministries to all its members, but they continue to participate.”

Dr Vakadewavosa also said the decrease in the number of church members in the country was because many had migrated overseas.

“We also touched about the declining of the church numbers, we look at some positive reflection because many of our members are going overseas to New Zealand and Australia and we have a Fijian synod in Australia, we have a minister in there as well and the congregation there is growing. We also have a church in Europe, all these contribute to the declining of the church members at home, unfortunately statistics have shown that. “We are grateful to that. “We will try and get all the statistics of all our churches in overseas and next conference next year we will be able to have our total roll in place, we are trying to address this issue for the past two years and they are doing very well,” he added. |

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