The Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) has followed in the footsteps of the South Pacific Division (SPD) by merging a number of its departments into a single overarching ministry.
The addition of the health portfolio at the Union will provide crucial support to the Missions as they seek to disciple and transform the Pacific in accordance with the Union’s vision.
The move to the new leadership structure was announced during the TPUM’s session, held this past week at Fulton College in Nadi, Fiji.
Pastor Nasoni Lutunaliwa, Fa’afetai Matai and Dr Silent Tovosia were selected as members of the TPUM’s new Discipleship Ministries team. Dr Ron Stone and Bev Norman will work closely with the team as the Union’s Ministerial secretary and Education director respectively.
“The Discipleship Ministries team brings all the departments and liaison officers under one team banner,” said Mr Norman. “What we have is a team that has strengths in Youth, Health and Family Life, as well as Children’s and Women’s ministries.”
A leader for the new ministry has yet to be appointed. The TPUM executive committee will address the opening later this year.
The leadership restructure has allowed the TPUM to place a health specialist within the ministries team. Dr Silent Tovosia, who has been on study leave this year, takes on the role having previously served as Health Ministries director for the Solomon Islands Mission.
“There is a health crisis in the Pacific,” said HopeChannel South Pacific director Pastor Wayne Boehm, who has served as the TPUM’s Health Ministries liaison previously. “The addition of the health portfolio at the Union will provide crucial support to the Missions as they seek to disciple and transform the Pacific in accordance with the Union’s vision.”
New TPUM president Pastor Maveni Kaufononga, who was appointed to the position during the SPD’s executive committee meetings, will also serve as the Union’s Communication director. Luke Bapty and Fraser Alekevu were named associate chief financial officers for the Union during the session meetings.
The SPD’s new leadership structure was voted in November 2014, and given the name “Discipleship Ministries” during the meetings held at Division headquarters in Wahroonga (NSW) earlier this month.