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ACOM asked to heed wake up call
August 28, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia The Most Rev. David Vunagi said the Church must work hard enough to address the very many issues that challenged the Church at this time.

He said an analogy of a “sleeping giant” used by other people to describe the Church must not be taken for granted.

The critics don’t stop there. They also go on to describe it as a “drunkard church” he said.

He warned these descriptions must not be taken as criticisms but a wake up call for the Church.

The Archbishop has been using this same message in a lot of places he visited in both Solomon Islands and Vanuatu since becoming a Primate of Melanesia in May this year.

“The Church has the structure, the different baptismal ministries, the religious communities and the three fold ordained ministries but is not working hard enough.
“Had these different bodies and institutions of the Church worked hard enough it would have not worried about the many issues that it continues to face.”

He asked the Church to work together and collaborate well with each other in order that it may be able to wake up the sleeping giant.

“But first we ourselves as leaders of the church and the different baptismal ministries and institutions must be sober to wake up the giant that is asleep. If we are not sober then any attempt to do so would be in vain,” he warned.