Methodist Church of Samoa
Methodist Church of Samoa developed enormously in 20th century as it sought to become financially independent and to rid itself of illiteracy and ignorance. The political independence of Samoa in 1962 was followed by the autonomy of the Methodist Conference in 1964.
Since then notable changes have taken place and the number of ordained ministers has increased with lay people participating in the work of the church. Present programmes of the church extend to areas such as land development and home economics. The life of the church is based on the tradition and culture of the people. Education at all levels is a priority and the Methodist Church of Samoa has a primary school, three secondary schools, a technical college and a Theological College near the capital. It also has very active women and youth departments.
The church maintains close relationships with Methodist churches in New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, the USA, the Caribbean, and with the Uniting Church in Australia.