THE newly consecrated bishop of the Malaita Diocese of the Anglican Church of Melanesia Right Reverend Michael Sau Bebeu has vowed to create a strong and sustainable Diocese.
Rt Rev Bebeu, in his official speech following this successful consecration at the Fiu Christ the King Cathedral last weekend, shared his strategic vision with the congregation who attended the event.
Some key messages highlighted in his speech about his strategic vision for Malaita Diocese was the importance of impacting the lives of those the Diocese serves, making the Diocese robust and sustainable in fostering spiritual growth.
The newly consecrated bishop then called for collaboration amongst all within the Dioceses to bring desired changes in moving forward.
Rt Rev Bebeu then thanked his predecessor, Sam Sahu, for his great leadership over the past 14 years and assured that he will continue with the good work his retired predecessor started.
“I am deeply humbled and honoured to stand before you today as your newly consecrated bishop of the Malaita Diocese of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.
“It is with a great sense of responsibility that I assume this role and I am keenly aware of the trust and confidence that you placed in me.
“I look forward to working with each and every one of you to advance the mission of the church.”
“Before I go on further, let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of my predecessor, Bishop Sam. Under his able and strategic leadership, this Diocese has achieved many great things and I am honoured to continue building on his legacy.
“As I begin my ministry as the 6th bishop of Malaita Diocese, I envision striving onwards in creating a strong and sustainable Diocese that positively impacts the lives of those we serve.
“My strategic vision is to make this Diocese robust and sustainable underscoring innovation and reform that are appropriate to bring about desired changes. Realising this vision will require strategic, collective effort, commitment, sacrifice and a redirection approach to do our work better and differently than business as usual,” Rt Rev Bebeu said.
“I am convinced that the Diocese must be strategically innovative to successfully implement its strategic plan to accommodate and foster spiritual growth and enhancement of the lives of the believers of the faith in this Diocese.
“Secondary to this, is the need to make our Diocese economically sustainable.
“This is crucial as financial sustainability is a key development indicator to advancing the mission of the Diocese and the Anglican Church of Melanesia.
“Again, achieving these goals will require collaboration approaches with all members of the Diocese and key stakeholders, including the ACOM Provincial Headquarters and other Church institutions and National Government, the Malaita Provincial Government and the private sector in Auki and Honiara to support our development aspiration.”
“Partnership is crucial to advancing our spiritual, social, and economic goals,” he added.
By WILSON SAENI in Auki