Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship
Mafutaga 'Au Taumafai
Rev. Elder Faaeteete Saifoloi
Rev. Viliamu Leilua
Rev. Johnny Fano
The Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship of the CCCAS (Mafutaga ‘Au Taumafai) is one of 30 branches of the World’s Christian Endeavor Union, a Christian movement founded in 1881. In 1890, the missionaries of the London Missionary Society (LMS) introduced the Christian Endeavor program into the Samoan mission, and it has become a permanent fixture within Samoan congregationalist churches ever since.
Following the goals and motto of the World’s Christian Endeavor Union – “For Christ and the Church” – the Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship aims at encouraging, training and equipping the young people of the CCCAS to commit their lives to the service of Jesus Christ and the Church. An annual lectionary is published by the Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship (Tusi a le ‘Au Taumafai) to assist fellowship members in their Sunday sessions (click here to download 2019 edition).
As an auxiliary fellowship of the CCCAS, the Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship has its own policies and procedures for governance and carrying out their ministerial activities. Their officers include: the President (Peresitene), who is elected from the pool of Vice-Presidents to a term of 2 years; the Vice-President(s), the title designated to the Elder Ministers within the fellowship who are elected from each Region; a Secretary (Failautusi), who is elected for a term of 3 years from among fellowship members; and a Treasurer (Teutupe), who is also elected to a term of 3 years from among fellowship members. Executive members of the Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship consists of one elected Elder Minister and one elected minister from each Region. But during its fellowship-wide meetings, each local Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship within each member congregation of the CCCAS is to have one representative present.
Besides training and equipping the younger generation to commit their lives to the service of Jesus Christ, the Christian Endeavor’s Fellowship is also a major contributor to the CCCAS Pension fund and to other ministry and mission projects of the CCCAS.
Christian Endeavor’s Pledge
“Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for strength, I promise Him that I will strive to do whatever He would like to have me do; that I will make it the rule of my life to pray and to read the Bible every day, and to support the work and worship of my own church in every way possible; and that just so far as I know how, throughout my whole life, I will endeavor to lead a Christian life. As an active member I promise to be true to all my duties, to be present at and to take some part, aside from singing, in every Christian Endeavor meeting, unless hindered by some reason which I can conscientiously give to my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Ta’utinoga a le ‘Au Taumafai
“Ua ou fa’amoemoe i le fa’amalosi mai o Iesu Keriso ia te a’u. O lenei, ou te ta’utino i le Alii, o le a ou taumafai ona fai o mea uma e tusa ma Lona finagalo. O le a ou faia ma tulafono i lo’u ola: ou te tatalo ia te ia i aso uma; ou te faitau i Lana Afioga i aso uma; ou te ‘alo ese i inuga ava o’ona i aso uma lava; ou te lagolago i galuega ma tapuaiga a le Ekalesia i so’o se ala ou te mafai ona ou faia. Ma, i lo’u olaga atoa, o le a ou taumafai i lo’u iloa atoatoa, ona ola i le soifuaga Kerisiano mo Keriso, Amene.”