Posts Tagged ‘Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’

Samoa church to continue defying govt tax law

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa will continue to refuse to pay taxes despite recently enacted laws compelling them to do so. The matter was not on the agenda for this year’s national conference which ended last week and the church says policy dictates that any resolution can only be revisited after three Read more

Samoan church leaders in court on tax avoidance charges

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Samoan church leaders from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are appearing in court today to answer to tax avoidance charges. The church’s chairman, Tauti’aga Senara, and his deputy, Tunumoso Iosia, are scheduled to be the first to appear in the Samoa District Court. Over 10 ministers have been charged with tax avoidance so far Read more

Samoan Govt seizes Church ministers’ assets

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Samoan government has begun to seize money from the accounts of church ministers who have failed to submit a monthly tax return as required by recently enacted legislation. The Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said his ministry estimated more than 250 ministers of the church owed $US2500 each in unpaid tax for the first Read more

Samoa Church to continue funding TV

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Radio New Zealand reports the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to continue funding its EFKS television service. The station had incurred losses since its launch four years ago and the conference looked at a recommendation to either shut it down or lease it out. Read more and  also read Read more

CCCS dedicate new Jubilee Church

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Jubilee church

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) dedicated their new Jubilee church  (Fale Iupeli) at the headquarters Malua last Thursday. The dedication ceremony started with various church district presenting gifts in a traditional Ta’alolo and the Mafutaga Aoao a Tina – the Church Women’s Council presented  fine mats, siapo and a monetary gift of $2 million Read more

Court decision a good lesson for all church leaders

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Lawyer Leulua’ialii Olinda Woodroffe says the recent  decision by Samoa’s the court of appeal would be good lesson for the all church leaders to follow. “The churches take a lot of money from the people and we need to change the attitude of ministers,” she said. “They are not God. They go to church that Read more

Claims of stigmata causing division in Samoa

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The father of the Samoan woman who it is said received the stigmata last Easter is giving up his work of 23 years as a minister of the Congregational Christian Church. Reverend Opapo Oeti Soana’i  revealed his decision on Wednesday. “I am not going to wait for my roles as a church minister to be Read more

LMS pastor wants justice: Issues chanllenge on money and lifestyle

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Rev. Elder Dr. Elia Taase has called for justice in the use of offerings by church members some of whom hardly have enough to take care of their families. He also said church elders, some with little formal education, who have passed on, understood that holistic education, is concerned with the education of the “mind, body Read more

Financial viability of church-run EFKS TV under scrutiny

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The financial viability of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s (C.C.C.S.) television Network, called EFKS TV, was brought under the microscope last week at the Church’s annual conference. EFKS TV was launched in May 2013 at a cost, which has been variously reported, to be between half a million  and 1.1 tala. The money was Read more