3 Sep 2007

9th Assembly of Pacific Conference of Churches starts in American Samoa tomorrow

8:48 am on 3 September 2007

The 9th general assembly of the Pacific Conference of churches or PCC, the main grouping of Christian churches in the region begins in American Samoa tomorrow.

Up to 250 delegates from 18 countries are expected at the conference which is held every five years - the last one was in the Cook Islands.

The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, the Reverend Sam Tialavea, says a number of issues will be addressed at the conference.

Reverend Tialavea says one issue in particular is the decline in young people attending the church.

He says they are keen to have more young people attend.

"I think the church not only regionally, but globally has taken a great direction in the inclusiveness of youth, and it deeming youth programmes with the regional church and the global church."

He says the church held a pre-assembly for youth over the weekend in the lead-up to the main conference.