About Us


We work for the WHOLENESS, WELLNESS, WELLBEING of Pacific Islanders. Our main goal is to assist the churches to be well-informed and be effective actors for justice and the affirmation of God’s creation through advocacy, research and capacity building. This we do through ecumenical sharing, learning and engagement. We were established in 2016, through the vision of the Pacific Theological College and the Pacific Conference of Churches. Our Pacific Islands region, dubbed as paradise, renowned for its magnificent physical attributes and people are not without its challenges. Working church organisations, Pacific island communities and its people, we hope to help build a region that focusses on the wellbeing of its people.

Our Service to Pasifika

Capacity Building Skills Training

We run Capacity Building Courses on request by churches or other civil society organisation or even community groups in the region. Our certificate courses when taken together can lead to a Diploma in Applied Mission Studies (Social Analysis, Leadership and Management, Gender Voices for Dignity or Peace and Conflict Resolution). Our participant numbers increase every year. We have participants who are teachers, or theologians or leaders in their communities and ordinary persons that give and share in the work of God. While they learn various skills through the courses for e.g. leadership, social analysis skills, and even how to set up a project, the ‘good work’ or ‘labour of love’ has always belonged to the participants. We simply facilitate the learning and amplify the hope and initiative they already have in ‘Changing their individual and collective stories of development.

Certificate in Leadership and Management

Certificate in Social Analysis 

Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Certificate in Gender Voices for Dignity 

Diploma in Pastoral Counselling 

Vakatabu Programme

The Vakatabu/Vakatu: Including Indigenous Knowledge and Culture in the Pacific Development Discourse is an intervention for a flawed, neoliberal development model that has impacted the wellness and wellbeing of Pasifika – and its peoples, and once thriving ecosystem of life. The Vakatabu is the Itaukei Fijian (indigenous Fijian) concept of slowing down in all areas of life to allow for rejuvenation and renewal of life. This project is borne out of deep desire to change our development story. A story wrought with pain and suffering as development statistics show. An example is the chokehold of non-communicable diseases across Pasifika. We are currently doing consultations with villagers, an aim of which is to gather their concepts of Vakatabu and to hear what they envisage as good project they will want to indulge in to promote Vakatabu.


The Institute undertakes research that informs the church stakeholders and other partners of the current context. One of the first research publications by the Institute is titled Globalization and the Re-shaping of Christianity in the Pacific Islands. Published in 2006, the volume provides a historical account of the global issues that shape Christianity in Pasifika. Other wok over the years brought together Pacific researchers for example under the Reweaving the Ecological Mat (REM) programme. The REM programme, once coordinated by the Institute is now run by the Pacific Conference of Churches. The most recent one is Re STORYing the Pasifika Household, an account but different authors edited by the Institute Director Aisake Casimira and the Pacific Theological College (PTC) Principal Rev. Professor Upolu Vaai.
  • Globalisation and the Reshaping of Christianity in the Pacific (2006)
  • Voices of the People (2013)
  • Navigating Troubled Waters: The Ecumenical Movement in the Pacific Islands Since the 1980s (2017).
  • From the Deep: Pasifiki Voices for a New Story (2020)
  • Reweaving the Ecological Mat Framework: Toward an Ecological Framework for Development (2020)
  • Ecological-Economic Accounts: Towards Intemerate Values (2020)
  •  ReSTORYing the Pasifika Household (2023)


  • Expressions of Resilience (2023)
  • Resilience Research (2023) 

Personnel Exchange Programme

Through the personnel exchange programme, IMR sponsors the exchange of skills and learning regionally. This helps church stakeholders address skills gaps. In 2021, IMR sponsored students students from New Caledonia – Kanaky, West Papua and Maohi Nui to study English in Fiji. The English course taught English for an interactive experience. In 2023, five volunteers from South Korea learnt English as part of the programme that partnered with the Korea International Cooperation Agency. After their English training, the volunteers will be placed in various Fijian government ministries.