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CAC 43rd Session: To Give Is To Gain

Jan 2019    

To Give Is To Gain
In his President’s Address at the 43rd Session of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), the Rev Dr Goh Nai Lat touched on the sacrifices to be made for true discipleship in the Kingdom of God.

Crafting his message around the Mandarin phrase, “舍得”, meaning “to give up”, the Rev Dr Goh separated the words “舍” (on its own, the character means “to forsake”) from “得” (“to gain”). This gave a deeper meaning to the phrase of giving up—illustrating the idea that we gain (得) only when we are willing to give up(舍).

The Rev Dr Goh then asked if Christians today were ready to forsake what is precious to them, in following Jesus. He challenged us with Jesus’ call to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily (Matt 16:24). “May it be that we will all be found as willing givers,” exhorted the Rev Dr Goh.

A push towards central pooling
At the 43rd session of the Chinese Annual Conference, the Conference also approved the setting-up of central pooling for CAC. This initiative was developed by a Central Pooling Taskforce appointed by the CAC Executive Board in January 2018. The taskforce was led by CAC Vice President, and included representation from the CAC President, District Superintendents, Lay Leaders, as well as representation from the Board of Finance.

During the session, a ballot was taken among the delegates of the local churches. The motion was passed with 95% support to introduce central pooling with effect from 1 Aug 2019. More significantly, work will also commence to review how CAC can be transformed. (see sidebar for more details)

The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) Restructuring Taskforce
The Conference was also briefed on the deliberations of the MCS Restructuring Taskforce. The petition to restructure MCS was raised in 2016 as the present structure of operating with three separate ACs was seen as cumbersome and inefficient, with much duplication of efforts.

The Rev Dr Goh voiced CAC’s concern that even as we consider the streamlining of duplicated ministries, we pay special attention to the continued promotion of non-English ministries and to ensure the importance of preserving the rich heritage of many of CAC’s local dialect services. CAC Board of Laity also resolved to support the MCS Structural Review through consultations and participation in workgroups.

Re-election of Vice-President
Mr Guan Yeow Kwang was re-elected unanimously as CAC’s Vice-President. He will serve until 2020.

Elder and Deacon Ordination
The session witnessed the ordination of the Rev Patrick Chen, the Rev Simon Cheo and the Rev Peace Choi as Elders. The Rev Stephanie Oh was ordained as a Deacon.

Central Pooling to be introduced in 2019
With effect from 1 Aug 2019, CAC will be introducing Central Pooling, where all CAC HQ and pastoral expenses will be shared by all 17 CAC churches. Sharing will be based on the membership of each church. To provide relief and minimise the financial disruption, a transition period of two-plus-one years and a cap on the cost to be paid by the local church will be set. More details will be released by CAC over the next few months.

A CAC Transformation Task Force (CTTF) will be appointed by the end of January 2019. The CTTF will look at developing and implementing strategic initiatives to support the continual growth of CAC’s local churches and position the CAC to effectively expand God’s Kingdom. It will specifically look at the following five major work streams:

  • church growth and discipleship.
  • pastoral and lay leadership development.
  • organisational effectiveness (including admin resourcing & shared services).
  • school Ministry and church kindergarten strategies.
  • raising the profile of CAC & its churches through CACTogether.

CAC APPOINTMENTS FOR 2019

District 1
District Superintendent: The Rev Philip Lim Kian Long
1 Geylang Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Paul Thian Moon Hee
Preacher Pr Patrick Lim Kok Chu
2 Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Dr David Koh Ah Chye
Associate Pastor
The Rev Daniel Teoh Kean Oon
The Rev Boey Kok Yeow
The Rev Lui Yuan Tze
The Rev Patrick Chen Guek Fah
3 Changi Methodist Church / Punggol Preaching Point
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Simon Cheo Hsun Shen
4 Charis Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Jasper Sim Shenq Chyi
Associate Pastor The Rev Chan Kok Chuon
Associate Pastor The Rev Peace Choi Pyong Hwa
Diaconal Minister (Attachment) The Rev Dr Andrew Peh Swee Kian
5 Sengkang Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Dr Niam Kai Huey
Associate Pastor The Rev Wilfred Leow Hui Ann
Preacher Pr Nathanael Goh Jun Chuen
Preacher Pr Wang Hai Bin
District 2
District Superintendent: The Rev Poh Heow Lee
1 Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Chua Ooi Suah
Associate Pastor
The Rev Joshua Tan Sin Kian
The Rev Seet Keng Tat
Preacher Pr Bernard Chng
Preacher Pr Lin Ming Zhong
Diaconal Minister (Attachment) The Rev Dr Edwin Tay Ed Min
2 Bukit Panjang Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Lek Yong Teck
Associate Pastor
The Rev Yeung Hin Fai
The Rev Ng Beng Keow
The Rev Erick Tan Eng Ghee
3 Grace Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Andy Goh Yik Wah
Associate Pastor The Rev Eric Soh Wai Foon
Associate Pastor The Rev Dr Ian Jew Yun Shern
4 Holy Covenant Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Edmund Koh Lik Hng
Preacher Pr Florence Ngu Siew Ning
District 3
District Superintendent: The Rev Goh Aik Hiang
1 Foochow Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Poh Heow Lee
Associate Pastor The Rev Anne Lim Ai Lei
Assistant Pastor The Rev Stefanie Oh Wen-Ying
Preacher Pr Jasper Ngoh Jun Jie
Attachment The Rev Dr Wilfred Ho Wai Tat
2 Hinghwa Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Chin Yan Chong
Associate Pastor The Rev Chu Vee Ping
Associate Pastor The Rev Peter Soh Kee Lie
3 Kum Yan Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Herman Kan Man Shek
Associate Pastor The Rev Philip Lim Kian Leong
4 Hakka Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Nathanael Chew Eng Pin
Associate Pastor The Rev Irman Halim
5 Yishun Methodist Mission
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Tan-Yeo Lay Suan
Associate Pastor The Rev Lau Chong Yaw
District 4
District Superintendent: The Rev Dr Niam Kai Huey
1 Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Lisa Yu Li Hsin
Associate Pastor
The Rev Goh Aik Hiang
The Rev Tack Ng Lai Chun
Preacher Pr Jacqueline Ho Sow Fong
Preacher Pr Joshua Ong Chee Xiang
2 Ang Mo Kio Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Helen Hoe Chiew Ngin
Associate Pastor The Rev Cynthia Choo Bee Lay
3 Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church
Pastor-in-charge The Rev Ling Tieng Ngung
Associate Pastor The Rev Koh Chew Hai
Preacher Pr Glenn Tan Tze Meng
2019 CAC Pastors’ Special Appointment by Bishop
1 Missionaries with MMS
The Rev Dr Alex Chng Peng Lian
The Rev Cassandra Lee
2 Director of DISCIPLE Agency The Rev Dr Niam Kai Huey (Honorary)
3 Associate Director of Christian Ministry in Schools The Rev Lek Yong Teck, The Rev Edmund Koh
4 Methodist School Chaplains The Rev Lek Yong Teck, the Rev Ng Beng Keow, the Rev Tan-Yeo Lay Suan, the Rev Seet Keng Tat, the Rev Boey Kok Yeow, the Rev Dr David Koh Ah Chye, the Rev Yeung Hin Fai, the Rev Erick Tan Eng Ghee, the Rev Paul Thian, the Rev Edmund Koh Lik Hng, the Rev Irman Halim, the Rev Simon Cheo Hsun Shen, the Rev Lui Yuan Tze, the Rev Patrick Chen Guek Fah, the Rev Cynthia Choo Bee Lay, the Rev Peace Choi Pyong Hwa, the Rev Dr Ian Jew Yun Shern, the Rev Stefanie Oh Wen-ying, Pr Jasper Ngoh Jun Jie, Pr Glenn Tan Tze Meng, Pr Nathanael Goh Jun Chuen, Pr Patrick Lim
5 Field Board of Ministry – CAC Representative The Rev Paul Thian Moon Hee
6 Assoc Brigade Chaplain of Girls’ Brigade Singapore The Rev Tan-Yeo Lay Suan
2019 Special Appointment by President
1 Trinity Theological College Vice Principal The Rev Dr Edwin Tay Ed Min
Lecturers at Trinity Theological College
The Rev Dr Wilfred Ho Wai Tat
The Rev Dr Andrew Peh Swee Kian
2 Principal, Institute of Elderly The Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot (Honorary)
3 Chaplains to CAC Students at Trinity Theological College
The Rev Dr Wilfred Ho Wai Tat
Associate: The Rev Dr Andrew Peh Swee Kian
4 Sabbatical Leave
1 year:
The Rev Peter Pan Seng Tai
The Rev Christopher Louis Kong Chung Dai
5 Prison Ministry The Rev Chng Siew Sin (Honorary)
6 Medical Leave The Rev Louis Chai Shung Chee
7 Soon Hong Kee Scholarship Trust Fund Representative Mr Han Hai Kwang, the Rev Chua Ooi Suah

Jason Woo is Methodist Message’s Editorial Executive. When not working on the latest articles, he enjoys long jogs and cuddling up with his cats along with a good book.

Photos courtesy of the Chinese Annual Conference

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