Lutheran church hails new plan


THE Evangelical Lutheran Church will have circuit system throughout the country, according to district president Rev Gundu Kagl.
He said this at the launching of the church’s Papua District corporate plan 2018-2025 by Bishop Jack Urame at the Marimari Lutheran Church in Port Moresby on Sunday.
Karl said that one of the important elements of the corporate plan was to have circuit system introduced into Papua District which covered six provinces — National Capital District, Central, Gulf, Western, Northern and Milne Bay.
The system involves grouping congregations into a parish, parishes into a circuit and then circuits into a district. “But for the ELC Papua District, we don’t have that structures (yet),” he said. “We only have the congregations and then the district where congregations report directly to the district.
“That is something we want to change to make sure we are in line with the church administration systems and process like other districts throughout the country.”
Karl said that would strengthen the church’s leadership and administration in the Papua district to preach the gospel and to help the communities by addressing the challenges they faced.
Meanwhile, head bishop Rev Jack Urame launched and blessed the corporate plan. He commended the church leaders for developing Papua District’s first corporate plan.
Urame said the Lutheran Church was not only a church that concentrated on preaching the gospel, but it also focused on addressing social and economic issues affecting the people and the country in partnership with the government and other development partners.

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