The United Church in Papua New Guinea exists to teach, preach and live the Good News of Jesus Christ in Her Faith, Life and Witness;
in loving and caring ministries through the united participation of the people of God until He returns......
Enhance the teaching and proclamation of the word of God.
Encourage members to be prayerful and live Christian lives, expressing Christian faith in life and witness.
Provide health and education and other social services to the community
Promote continuous communication among her people.
Promote, encourage and provide opportunities to enhance participation by all.
To be good stewards of resources
Continue and maintain ecumenism and partnership in mission with partner churches.
Promote gender balance and issues.
Be united in its life and witness.
Encourage young people to participate in the mission of God.
Equip members with self-reliant & entrepreneurial skills.
Continue and increase our partnership with government, development agencies and other stakeholders.
The London Missionary Society began its work in today's Papua New Guinea in 1871. Several groups of Christians from the Pacific came to work with the mission, which expanded through the Papuan mainland.
The Australian Methodist Church, now the Uniting Church in Australia, responded to the request to join the pioneering work. The Methodist mission covered three independent areas, called districts. These joined together in 1950 in mission work in the Southern Highlands.
In 1962 the London Missionary Society, together with the mission of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand and another mission body, formed the Papua Ekalesia, at the time the largest single church in Papua.
A further union took place on 19 January 1968 when the Papua Ekalesia, the Methodists and the Union Church of Port Moresby together established the United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
In 1996 the General Assembly of the United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands resolved that the existence of one united church covering two independent countries should no longer be maintained.
Thus the United Church in Papua New Guinea came into being as an autonomous church on its own.
The United Church in Papua New Guinea (UCPNG) has a membership of 600,000 organized into 2,700 congregations, 260 Circuits and 11 Regions.
There are 700 ordained ministers, 11 Bishops, and 1, 600 pastors and lay pastors.
The church has one Theological College, one Lay Leaders Training College, one Teachers College, and five Regional Pastors and Bible Colleges.
There are six provincial high schools, 400 primary and community schools, three vocational schools and many more elementary schools.
In health services there are 29 Health Centres, 31 Aid posts, one Community Health Worker training school and one Nursing School in partnership with Government, Catholic and Anglican agencies in Milne Bay Province.
The pastoral and administrative work of the UCPNG is divided into eleven regions: Western Region, Papuan Gulf Region, West Central Papua Region, East Central Papua Region, Urban Region, Papuan Islands Region, Niu Britain Region, Niu Ailan, Bougainville Region, Highlands Region and Hela Region.