The Institute for Mission and Research (IMR) was officially launched on the 25th of November 2016 at the Pacific Theological College (PTC) in Suva by the Principal and Professor of Ecumenism of PTC – Rev. Prof. Dr. Uili Feleterika Nokise and the General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) – Rev. Francois Pihaatae.
The Institute for Mission and Research is not a completely new entity, but has emerged as a result of consolidating and integrating the God’s Pacific People Programme (GPP) and the Institute for Research and Social Analysis (IRSA). The two programmes have been running side by side for many years now.
The mission statement of the IMR is “To assist the churches to be well-informed and be effective actors for justice and the affirmation of God’s creation through advocacy on pertinent issues, contextual research and capacity building; delivered through mutual ecumenical sharing, learning and engagement”, and as such has not deviated from what the GPP and IRSA had been initially set up for. Thus, we support our Region through the following platforms;
- Capacity building for churches in areas of: social analysis, leadership and management, peace building, pastoral counselling and eliminating violence against women.
- Personnel exchange programs – sharing of expertise across our region on short term attachment basis.
- Research, advocacy and communications – linking current issues faced by the churches and Pacific societies to forums and platforms for engagement.
In all these areas the IMR seeks to find ways to address issues of common concern in our Pacific region in dialogue with biblical principles and traditional values, integrating notions of justice, peace and integrity of creation.