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mana logo finalMana – God with Us is the theme of the Pacific Islanders Youth Leadership Training to be held at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia on July 31 to Aug 2, 2017.

Participants will affirm their identity as Christians and explore their role in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Together, they will seek ways of responding to the world in their own context and beyond, framing their responses with the lenses of a Pacific Island United Methodist young person. The PIM Plan invites all Pacific Island congregations to send one young person to this national gathering. As partners in ministry, we are asking each participant to pay a registration fee of $100, and for the church to pay $100. The cost of travel and lodging for one young person per church will be paid by the PIM plan, but others are welcome to attend.

 

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Amid declines, diversity grows in U.S. church

By Heather Hahn Nov. 11, 2015 (UMNS)

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Photo courtesy of Seattle First Tongan United Methodist Church                                                                                         

The Sunday School Choir prepares to sing at Seattle First Tongan United Methodist Church. In  2014, The United Methodist Church saw its Pacific Islander membership grow by nearly 7 percent.

 

First Tongan United Methodist Church in Seattle had grown so much that it needed to move to a larger building, which it shared for a time with a dwindling white congregation.

Last year, the white United Methodist congregation officially disbanded. But the Tongan church is still going strong, with more than 200 members and a flourishing youth group.

The church offers recent immigrants and their families the chance to stay connected to their cultural roots within a Wesleyan approach to spiritual development, said member Mele ‘Aho. “They like the way the church is structured, how we do our activities, our devotions, and our volunteering,” she said.  Continue Reading...

 


 

A Home in The United Methodist Church: The Pacific Islander Ministry Plan

By Monalisa Tui’Tahi

The Pacific Islander Ministry Plan, which was approved by the 2012 United Methodist General Conference, was developed over a four-year period by a committee of Pacific Islanders and Global Ministries staff members. The study explored ways to empower Pacific-Islander United Methodists to fully participate in the life of the church and to be agents of Christian love and service within the world community.

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Having been approved by General Conference in 2012, the Pacific Islander Ministry Plan is the youngest ministry plan for Global Ministries and also the newest plan for the church as a whole. The people that the plan seeks to enable and empower have been recent immigrants to the United States, relatively speaking. The first generation is just beginning to get older now. My parents, who arrived from Tonga in the mid-1970s, were part of the early Pacific-Islander migration—which really boomed in the 1980s.  Continue Reading...

 

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