COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR PACIFIC ISLANDER UNITED METHODISM


 

It is with utmost humility, respect and gratitude that Pacific Island United Methodists cross the threshold of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as partners in the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We come responding to the call of the Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations,” (Mathew 28:19-20) and recognizing that the “local churches provide the most IMG 8206significant arena through which disciple making occurs.” (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church – 2008, p.87).  We come with the innate gifts and graces that have shaped and molded a holistic culture for thousands of years. Those same gifts and graces have carried us over the oceans and enabled us to practice and proclaim the love of the Risen Lord in our new home, the United States of America, and throughout the world. And though the universal challenges that define the experience of immigrants in a new land, plague our existence, we have joyfully endured. The following pages will tell our stories, and invite you to further enable our journey through partnering with us to better equip the Pacific Island United Methodist community to further the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

BACKGROUND AND MANDATE

 

In 2008, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church responded to a petition from the Pacific Island United Methodist community with a vote to adopt The Pacific Islanders Comprehensive Plan for Ministry Study, (Study) designating the General Secretary’s Table to act on the following mandate:

The study will (1) research and study the needs in Pacific Island communities; (2) develop recommendations to address these needs; and (3) establish priorities on the funding of programs that would begin to develop ministries in the communities that would reach Pacific Islanders Americans. These findings would be presented as recommendations to the 2012 General Conference.

Funding and administrative oversight for the Study leading to final preparation of a ministry plan was assigned to the General Board for Global Ministries. The Comprehensive Plan for Pacific Island United Methodism represents the first comprehensive Plan submitted to the General Conference of The United Methodist Church seeking The United Methodist Church’s affirmation and support of Pacific Island United Methodists effort to strengthen their growing ministries and discipleship of Jesus Christ in the United States and globally.  

 

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