20 Jul 2016

American Samoa church needs critical evaluation

4:32 pm on 20 July 2016

A senior pastor of the leading church in American Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church, says members want a critical evaluation of the church.

Samoan Congregational Christian Church parishioners

Samoan Congregational Christian Church parishioners Photo: RNZI.Monica Miller

Reverend Elder Dr Elia Taase called for justice in the use of offerings given by church members, some of whom hardly have enough to take care of their families.

He told delegates at a graduation of the Kanana-fou Theological Seminary that he has heard that no church construction contracts are ever completed within the bid amounts.

He said after the contracts were awarded, the contractors sought additional money, sometimes doubling the price.