3142 EditionMay 14-20, 2012
General Assembly News
Youth representatives of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China visit PCT headquarter office
Reported by Lin Yi-ying
Written by Lydia Ma
Youth representatives of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China (HKCCCC) visited Taiwan and the PCT on May 7-11, 2012. The 6 delegates representing the HKCCCC were keen to learn about PCT’s youth, college, children, educational, communications, and social justice ministries. They looked forward to this trip as an opportunity to observe PCT ministries and dialogue with Taiwanese churches.
Upon learning more about the work of the PCT, delegates felt that the PCT’s evangelistic ministries were not only diverse but also holistic. These ministries would serve as great references for them when they considered ministry strategies for their own college and youth ministries in the future.
When HKCCCC delegates arrived at PCT General Assembly Office, they were greeted by PCT General Secretary Andrew Chang and he gave a presentation on “One-leads-One, New Doubling Movement” as well as “6 Evangelical Dimensions of a Healthy Church”. Chang underscored that both Taiwan and Hong Kong churches must pay attention to spiritual problems arising from living in highly developed societies. He added that as youths face increasing challenges, churches also face increasing responsibilities.
According to Liang Yuan-yao, HKCCCC’s Christian Nurturing Department Director, there are 65 HKCCCC churches in Hong-Kong and 86 HKCCCC-sponsored schools and social welfare organizations. In contrast, PCT has many presbyteries and a solid organizational structure, and also serves people from many ethnicities and languages. However, there are many similarities between youths from both churches and the common challenge for HKCCCC and PCT is to design adequate youth programs or youth meetings that can inspire youths to come to church.
One of the Hong Kong delegates said that the Council for World Mission’s “I Love Hong Kong Mission” youth camp held in 2010 had been modeled after PCT’s “I Love Taiwan Mission” youth camp. He added that exchanges between church youths in Taiwan and Hong Kong had helped youths from both sides to increase in knowledge and maturity.