No. 3 – Church Partnerships in Asia: A Singapore Conversation

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Church Partnerships in Asia: A Singapore conversation

Editor: Michael Poon

Pages: 225

Publication year: 2010

ISBN 13: 978-981-4305-23-5

Description

This collection of essays introduces readers to what is important to the character and forms of church partnership at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as viewed by major Asian Protestant church leaders. The essays are based on the papers presented in a conference on 'Cooperation and Partnership in the Mission of Church in the 21st Century' held in Singapore in 2009.

The Singapore conversation took place amid huge volatility in the first decade of the new millennium: the 9/11 attacks, SARS outbreak, Indian Ocean tsunami, the Nargis cyclone, Mumbai terrorist attack, the H1N1 pandemic, and the still evolving global financial crisis. Perhaps for the first time since 1945, Asian churches can no longer rely on their Western counterparts to provide intellectual leadership and material support. This book offers a missiological reading on the fresh directions that Asian churches take amid radical social and ecclesial reconfigurations in the globalising age.

Contributors

This book includes essays by 26 church leaders and theologians from India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Japan, and Korea, which include presentations by Zosangliana Colney (India), Gao Feng (China), and Stephen Than Myint Oo (Myanmar). Michael Poon and Kimhong Hazra offer interpretative essays to place the conversations in context.

Contents

Part One: Biblical and Historical Reflections
  • Bible Readings
    • The Liturgical Context of Mission (Romans 15:14-19) — Simon Chan
    • A Minister’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) — Mark Chan
    • Conflict and Co-operation (Joshua 22) — Gordon Wong
    • A Cup of Water: Mission for Transformation (1 Kings 17:8-16) — Yu Chin Cheak
  • On Volatile Grounds: A History of Church Partnerships in Asia — Michael Poon
Part Two: Present-day Asian Churches: Realities and Challenges
  • Co-operation and Partnership in the Mission of the Church in China — Gao Feng
    • Responses — Iman Santoso, Indonesia & Makito Masaki, Japan
  • The Life and Witness of the Church in Myanmar: Past, Present and Future — Stephen Than Myint Oo
    • Responses — Surakit Kamonrat, Thailand & Bolly Lapok, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Mizoram Presbyterian Church: Practice of Co-operation and Partnership — Zosangliana Colney
    • Responses — Khamphone Kounthapanya, Laos & Wee Boon Hup, Singapore
Part Three: Case Studies on Partnership
  • Short-Term Mission Trips
    • The School of Biblical Teaching and Short-Term Missions in India— Paul Swarup
    • A Case Study of the Lutheran Church in Singapore— Terry Kee
    • The Best Practices Document: A Guide for Foreigners to Vietnam— Pham Dinh Nhan Daniel
  • Sharing of Resources
    • Forms of Partnership in Myanmar — Mar Gay Gyi
    • Compilation of the Khmer Indigenous  Hymnal and Khmer Discipleship Manuals — Barnabas Mam
    • The Korea Research Institute for Missions — Steve Moon
  • Leadership Formation and Training
    • Leadership Formation and Training in Malaysia — Tan Kong Beng
    • Partnership of Asian Churches in the Twenty-first Century: Theological Education and Asian Culture — Kan Baoping
  • Migrant Workers
    • Chen Li Presbyterian Church Local Thai Mission: Reaching Out to the Thai Migrant Workers in Singapore — Phua Chee Seng
  • Bible Translation
    • The Bontoc Scripture Society — Daphne-Marie Falag-ey
    • The Bible Society of India: Partnership in Scripture Translation — G.D.V. Prasad
Part Four: Concluding Reflections
  • Forging Friendships for the Witness of the Church — Kimhong Hazra
  • Into Deeper Levels of Communion: Apostles’ Passion, Martyrs’ Depth — Michael Poon

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