It is particularly strong on the Papuan coast, the Southern Highlands, eastern Papua, the New Guinea Islands (including Bougainville, also known as the North Solomons), and the Western Solomons.
Unlike the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in Papua New Guinea for reasons of church tradition as well as for Anglicans' cultural attitudes where it is substantial, the United Church welcomes female clergy.
The World Bank's projects and operations are designed to support low-income and middle-income countries' poverty reduction strategies.
Countries develop strategies around a range of reforms and investments likely to improve people's lives from universal education to passable roads, from quality health care to improved governance and inclusive economic growth.
On the other hand, the Church is considerably more broad-minded in such matters than more recently arrived fundamentalist groups, and it maintains the historic Methodist and Congregational strong emphasis on education and literacy in the broadest sense.