The Melanesian Institute (MI) is an ecumenical research, teaching and publishing institute. It is designed to help churches, government and other organisations speak more clearly to the needs of the people in Melanesia. Melanesian Institute staff have experience of living in Melanesia as well as qualifications in areas like anthropology, sociology and theology. MI's research focuses on topics of pastoral and social concern to people in Melanesia.
The staff offer their services in three main ways: through Teaching, Research and Publications. Staff members are available for seminars, in-service courses and orientation courses, both for church groups and others concerned with the needs and aspirations of Melanesian peoples. The results of the research are communicated through courses and seminars, and are made available in a variety of publications including Catalyst, Point, Occasional Papers and Melanesian Mission Studies.
Mission Statement: To promote through participation with its Member Churches the enculturation of the Gospel mission "to make diciples of all people" in the Melanesian region. This participation is to be through service, maintaining a body through which the churches can draw support through programmes of research, publication and education of a specialist nature, which is not usually available at local church level.
Every year, the Melanesian Institute dedicates its work to specific focus areas. This means that every staff member work towards achieving the common goal set for certain activities. This year our focus is on:
- Point No. 36 (Will be published in September 2012)
- Catalyst Vol. 42.1 & 2
- MI Transition (2012 is the 2nd year of MI's Transition Stage to review its work and improve in the years to come).
- Research into the 2012 National General Elections
- 2011 Recent Publication: Point No. 35