The Pacific Islander Ministry Plan was approved at 2012 General Conference, making it the sixth racial-ethnic ministry plan for the church.
A committee approved by the 2008 General Conference was charged with studying the needs and challenges of Pacific Islanders in the United States – a group that includes Tongans, Samoans, Fijians, native Hawaiians and others. The ministry plan is the result of that work. Its goal is to resource, strengthen and advocate for the growth and development of Pacific Island churches and ministries within the United Methodist connection.
At least 1.1 million Pacific Islanders live in the United States, according to 2010 U.S. Census data, and there are about 80 churches, congregations and fellowships in the United States. Methodism in the Pacific Islands dates back to 1822.
The plan joins the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, Korean American Ministry Plan, Asian Language Ministry Plan, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century and the Native American Comprehensive Plan.
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