Southern District Conference 2014 Report
Office bearers were elected and positions filled for the next twelve months with no surprises for the ministry of the Southern District of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at the 32nd Conference in Melbourne over the weekend of 19th to 21st September.
Some long standing servants of the district handed the baton onto new people. The Church acknowledged the timeless dedication to missions of Norm Tong who stood down from the role of Director of Wold Missions after too many years for him to remember. Rev. Inoke Moala handed on the baton to the new chair of the Tongan Ministry Council. Inoke served in this role for several years. The conference’s gratitude was expressed for his support to Tongan Ministers.
The conference was blessed through music lead by the Upper Room Tongan Church and members from Robinvale and Mildura Tongan congregations.
The conference was inspired and challenged through the preaching of Rev Phil Hotchkin who exulted members to handle the inevitable conflicts that arrive with grace and love. This was followed by a love feast where bread was broken and shared among the gathering.
National Superintendent Rev Rex Rigby chaired the business sessions of the conference with efficiency and humour always allowing members to speak whist keeping proceedings moving. Rev Rex Rigby lead Friday and Saturday devotions challenging those gathered to realise their full potential in Christ.
Rev Dr Peter Lam presented an inspirational church activity report during conference which he then expanded upon during the Sunday Worship sermon.
Rev. ‘Alefosio ‘Ale delivered the Saturday evening rally homily where he challenged the gathering to cast off fear and to trust God and go forth relying not on their own strength but believing in the might of the Lord.
During the Sunday morning worship service one Tongan pastor was ordained and another commissioned. Rev Lotima ‘Ale is senior pastor of Robinvale congregation and Rev Sione Vakautafefine is Associate pastor of the Mildura Tongan church.
Throughout the course of the conference weekend a Media Camp for young people was conducted, a partnership with the Southern District WMC , Insideout Australia and Kingsley Australia. The camp which continued into the next week, aims to equip young people with media skills for communicating the gospel in the 21 century.
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