Samoa’s EFKS Church objects to LMS membership of Council of Churches

The Samoa Congregational Christian Church, CCCS/EFKS has objected to the new London Missionary Society church, LMS Toe Fuata’ina, becoming a member of the National Council of Churches.

The General Secretary of the Council Reverend Ma’auga Motu says a letter of objection has been received and will be discussed in next month’s executive meeting.

He says the objection is based on using LMS because the Congregational Christian Church was formerly known as LMS before it changed its name 50 years ago.

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa traces its beginnings to the arrival in 1830 of missionaries sent by the London Missionary Society, accompanied by missionary teachers from Tahiti and the Cook Islands and a Samoan couple from Tonga.

This Samoan church has continued to forge ecumenical relationships with other churches locally, regionally and internationally. Now it has become a transnational church with eight Districts (synod or diocese) outside Samoa: one in the USA, one in Hawaii, three in Australia and three in New Zealand. It has one congregation each in Fiji and American Samoa.


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