BY GEORGINA KEKEA
THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has relaunched its Decade plan last night. As the Church continues to develop, constant re-evaluation is needed to re-look into the life, growth and journey of the church.
ACOM says that this is to see where it has fallen short of its mission. With the theme ‘Vision of an emerging church: building a new community of God’s people in the Anglican Church of Melanesia’, this vision provides a theological premise and platform for reflection that will help towards the discernment of a prophetic description, as well as towards building the ‘new emerging church’, which God wants.
ACOM’s media office reports that this Decade of Evangelism and Renewal is ACOM’s response to the call by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC16) in its meeting held in April 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia, to bring healing, hope and renewal in the Church and towards “advancing discipleship in a broken world within the Anglican Communion”.
“It is a call for ACOM congregations to actively engage in the proclamation of the Good News of God’s Kingdom to the world, and to become more mature in their love of God through their faith in Jesus Christ”.
The overall goal of the Re-launching of the Decade of the Decade Plan is to renew and revitalize the mission and ministry of the Church through: Renewing and strengthening all members of ACOM to become more committed with time, money, manpower, knowledge, wisdom, courage, strength, understanding, patience, humility and our earthly possessions and properties for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
ACOM media office says all members of the church are encouraged to be active participators during this Decade of Evangelism and Renewal and not just mere spectators.
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are being rallied to take up the call to evangelise and renew their homes, families, tribes, communities, churches, suburbs, towns and cities, islands, provinces and nations.
The ACOM media office says they must make sure that people in the pew become more adept at articulating what has been poorly understood in the past and develop new insights and be able to participate fully and effectively in the overall evangelism ministry in this Decade of Evangelism and Renewal.
“The church is at a ‘crossroad’ today where it must make a conscious decision to adapt, change and become relevant, dynamic and alive, to make the church become an avenue for nurturing faith equipping and empowering people for mission work in Anglican Church today”, the statement from the ACOM media office says.
The blessing of the Decade Plan was done by the Bishop of the Diocese of Guadalcanal the Right Rev Nathan Tome at St Barnabas Cathedral yesterday morning.
The Re launching took place at Lawson Tama Stadium last night.
Rev Canon John Kafwanka, Director for Mission in the Anglican Communion was the guest speaker.