The Anglican Church of Melanesia works in ecumenical collaboration with local, regional and global ecumenical partners.
Bishop Patteson Theological College (BPTC) is the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s Provincial theological college. BPTC offers a Bachelor of Ministry degree to men preparing for ordained ministry, and to religious women and men. A ministry training program for spouses is also taught. BPTC welcomes students and faculty from the United Church of Christ Solomon Islands.
Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) is a fellowship of churches and organizations that confess Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and therefore seek to fulfill their common calling to the glory of God. The basic principles of the PCC are an ecumenical spirit welcoming all humankind regardless of religion, belief or ideology; the promotion of justice, peace and the integrity of creation; the respect of equality between men and women; the recognition of the cultures of population groups; equal sharing of resources; sharing of responsibilities; consistency between word and action. Ecumenism in the Pacific refers not only to the unity of the churches but also of the people of the Pacific islands and the communal life of their communities. Anglican Church of Melanesia is one of PCC’s 27 members.
Pacific Theological College is an ecumenical tertiary theological institution that serves the churches of the Pacific region. PTC is based in Suva, Fiji. The Anglican Church of Melanesia is an owning member of PTC and has long sent its students there for diploma, undergraduate, and graduate theological education, as well as special programs including God’s Pacific People and Education by Extension.
As a national body, SICA commits to promoting the spirit of unity and solidarity both with SICA and non-SICA member Christian churches. The Anglican Church of Melanesia is a founding SICA member.
5. South Pacific Association of Theological Schools
South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) is a regional ecumenical network of theological institutions, lecturers, and students that, as a community of faith, shares information, fellowship, resources in God’s mission through theological education. SPATS’ main objective is to strengthen the mission of theological education in the islands of Pacific churches by developing and maintaining high standards of mutual cooperation on quality education and leadership training. Bishop Patteson Theological College is a member school.
The Anglican Church of Melanesia is a member of this council, which was founded in 1967.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations, and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians. The Anglican Church of Melanesia is a member.