Fiji Church Partnership
Let's Bring Change through Mentoring Leaders
GMP’s primary focus in Fiji is on working with the existing churches towards a healthy, sustainable and self-reliant future, both financially and in the development of mature local leadership. There are cultural and race relationship issues, including fear and mistrust of one another, which we believe the Gospel can help us overcome, so the journey is a challenging one. Local pastors and leaders, mostly first generation Christians, having come to faith from Hindu backgrounds, receive mentoring and leadership training throughout the year. GMP supports Bruce Edwards, Director of Fiji Community Churches of Christ as well as local pastors by subsidising their salaries and provides maintenance and upkeep of church buildings, particularly after cyclone Winston in 2016.
One of the values of GMP is to increase local capacity for leadership and governance to a self-sustaining level
The first Australian Churches of Christ mission workers came to Fiji in the 1990's with a specific focus of reaching out into the Indo-Fijian comunity. In the years since, churches have been planted and while some have struggled, others are moving to self-governance and self-sustainability. Today, whilst retaining a particular sensitivity to ministry among people of Indian background, there is a growing desire to be a church for all Fijians. A highlight in Fiji has been the continuing development of the church-to-church partnerships. These have resulted in visits from Australian partners who have sowed into the leadership of the local churches, complementing the mentoring local leaders receive from Bruce Edwards, Director of Fiji Community Churches of Christ through his regular visits to each church, and the Pastor’s Retreat he conducts annually in August.
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