July 9-15, 2012
Pastor-turned-city bureau chief returns to church ministry with renewed vision
Reported by Lin Yi-ying
Written by Lydia Ma
Former chief of Tainan City Civil Affairs Bureau, Rev. Cheng Kuo-chung, recently decided to step down from public service and focus on leading Taiwan Justice Action Church. Cheng said that he hopes to have the church partner with various social organizations across Taiwan with similar visions so that they can promote Urban Rural Mission and Third-Party Neutral training seminars together. But he added that the most urgent matter at hand was to find a main office for Taiwan Justice Action Church to facilitate all future ministries.
Taiwan Justice Action Church was established on February 28, 2010. It conducts outdoor services every Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. inside Taipei City’s 228 Memorial Park. One of the church’s original founders was Cheng Kuo-chung himself. The church currently has branches in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.
Another original founder of the church, Rev. Chen Fu-Chu, said that when Tainan City Mayor William Lai first recruited Cheng Kuo-chung to work in the city government, many pastors supported Cheng and encouraged him to accept this offer. They felt that this opportunity would help the public get to know Christian pastors better and discover their exceptional abilities. Now that Cheng is returning to full-time ministry, he is confident that the skills and experiences Cheng acquired over the past few years in civil service will help him lead Justice Action Church so that it can in turn bless other churches in Taiwan.
Rev. Chen Yu-chuen, senior pastor of Taipei North Gate Presbyterian Church, which is also the mother church of Justice Action Church, said that he hoped Cheng would help local pastors in Taipei to connect with social movement organizations through Justice Action Church. He underscored that this would help them become involved in social reforms that agree with their Christian convictions. He added that he hoped to see more Justice Action churches spring up across Taiwan.