INC Churches in the South Pacific

FIJI Lautoka (Westcity)
INC Westcity Church in Lautoka, Fiji

There are an estimated 450 INC churches throughout the South Pacific, the majority of them being in Papua New Guinea with its larger population. There are also churches in Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga. Keeping track of the number of INC churches is not easy. They can spring up overnight following outreach meetings in some remote village. Or a church may be planted out from a larger church in one of the cities.  And then there is the down side where some may just disappear because of isolation, young people moving to the cities and outside influences. Many still use the name of COC (Christian Outreach Centre)

Some rural churches in Vanuatu and Fiji.

Not all INC and COC churches have buildings but there is a great variety in the ones who do have their own building.  Small buildings made of bush materials can be found in many villages where the people often sit on the ground and then they progress to making wooden benches to sit on. Highlands churches are closed in for warmth while coastal churches tend to allow the air flow through. In Fiji, government standards are stricter and most church buildings are of a permanent nature.

Some town and city churches in Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Their goal is always to build a more permanent building even if they are still quite small. Larger churches are found in the cities or towns and plastic chairs are used to provide seating.  In the cities, sometimes property is rented until they are able to build their own building.  Their love of colour and decoration is always evident in their buildings with flowers, banners and curtains and even to the choice of tiles for their floors.

In their church services, the love of worship and praise and the welcome given make it easy for visitors to join in, even if the language is foreign to them.

 

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