Asia 2021/22 CONGRESS

“MegaTrends in the Asian Church”

By Invitation Only

Asia 2021 Plenary (Online) and in-country meetings

Oct 11-14, 2021
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Asia 2022 Conference

Oct 17-21, 2022
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Vision & Mission

"The purpose is to see a church and missions movement emerge from our unique Asian context"

Speakers

2021 Speakers

We Invite Senior Leaders Around the World.

Bp Efraim M. Tendero is working as Global Ambassador with World Evangelical Alliance. Before this Role, Bishop Ef worked as Secretary General and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) from March 1, 2015 till February, 2021. He has served as National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) for more than 20 years. PCEC is WEA’s national Alliance member that represents some 30,000 evangelical churches in the Philippines. He was also President of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of PCEC that works hand in hand with local churches in holistic ministries to serve the poor and needy.

Bishop Efraim Tendero

Global Ambassador with World Evangelical Alliance
Todd M. Johnson (PhD, William Carey International University) is the Eva B. and Paul
                                        E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity and co-director of
                                        the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
                                        Johnson is Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion
                                        and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography.

Todd Johnson

Co-director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity
Steve Sang-Cheol Moon is serving as founder and CEO of the Charis Institute for Intercultural Studies(ciis.kr). He is also professor of anthropology and intercultural studies at Grace Mission University(gm.edu). He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1998).

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon

Founder and CEO of the Charis Institute
David Doong (Ph.D. in Theology, Fuller) is currently the pastor of Shi-Pai Friendship Presbyterian Church in Taipei, and has been appointed to be the next General Secretary of CCCOWE

Dr. David Doong

CCCOWE General Secretary in July 2021
Hwa Yung Hwa Yung (華勇) is Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He has been a pastor, a lecturer and the Principal of the Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM).

Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung

Asia 2021/22 Program Chair; Asia Lausanne: Chair
Lindsay Brown studied modern history in Oxford and theology in Paris. He has been privileged to serve the Lord in the student world for over 40 years, during which time he has served as International General Secretary of IFES, and International Director of the Lausanne Movement.He has enjoyed  visiting and speaking in student gatherings in over 120 countries

Dr. Lindsay Brown

General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
Chloe Wu is a Peking University and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary graduate. She serves in Zion Bible Institute (ZBI), based in Beijing, China,  affiliated to Zion Church. She is an early digital immigrant, life-long learner, and pet lover. Her dream is a healthy community that embraces all generational differences and a church culture that embodies the Gospel story.

Chloe Wu, China

Peking University and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary graduate
Heidi is the Director of Operations at Habibi International, an NGO that journeys with the forcibly displaced towards holistic health. Her hope for the next generation is that their lives will truly reflect the worthiness of Christ. She is happiest getting a cup of coffee with friends or in a field of giant sunflowers.

Heidi Tan, Singapore

Director of Operations at Habibi International
Sharon’s dream is that churches will welcome the broken, the vulnerable and those who feel like they don't fit anywhere, and love them the way Jesus does. Through that, in our actions, they will see and experience God’s compassion and acceptance.

Sharon Dominica, India

Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung was born in Hong Kong and trained as a physician in Australia and is an ordained minister. Patrick and his wife, Jennie.previously served as medical missionaries in South Asia. Patrick is currently serving as the OMF International General Director (formerly the China Inland Mission founded by Hudson Taylor). Patrick was the Bible expositor for Urbana 2015, plenary speakers for the Cape Town 2010 Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and one of the Keswick Bible conference speakers in the UK in 2011 & 2015.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung

Asia 2021/22 Board of Reference Chair
Asiri Fernando is serving with  'Youth for Christ' Sri Lanka, leading the work in the mountain regions. He is actively involved in teaching and giving pastoral care to staff and volunteers engaged in grassroots evangelism. Asiri has a preaching/teaching ministry in his local church (and outside) and is passionate about serving the urban poor. Asiri is also writing his first book on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and he is an author at ‘Our Daily Bread’. Asiri is married to Cheryl and they have two kids, Yasas (6) and Yeheli (3). Asiri is also a singer-songwriter and loves reading, watching movies and playing cricket.

Asiri Fernando

'Youth for Christ' in Sri Lanka
Blessing is currently serving as a pastoral leader at a local church overseeing the Next Gen ministries and parallelly pursuing a masters at Colombo Theological Seminary. He suggests a better word to refer to the youth is not the next but the ‘now’ generation! And his prayer for this generation is that we would be like David, serve God’s purpose in our time. Building the church is an ongoing project; in which each generation is called to do its part. David asked, Solomon Built. Paul Planted, Apollos watered. #play#your#part

Blessing Sarangapany

Pastoral Leader at Colombo Theological Seminary
Son is a Christian entrepreneur who wants to leverage the power of technology to make a better world, the place where the next generation can experience the Gospel fully and be who God created them to be.

Sitthavee Teerakulchon

Christian Entrepreneur
Yeji is a senior student at Belhaven University studying Intercultural studies. She wants to see a rise of Jesus followers among the Next Generation. To achieve this goal, she believes the churches need a mindful strategic leader that can live, coach, lead, and train them to be Kingdom Professionals.

Yeji In

Senior Student at Belhaven University

2022 Plenary Speakers

2022 workshop Speakers

Webinar Speakers

We Invite Senior Leaders Around the World.

Dr. Ro served from 1970 to 2000 as a bilingual missionary with Overseas Missionary Fellowship, teaching at seminaries in Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. He also served as executive secretary of the Asia Theological Association from 1970 to 1990, and from 1990 to 1996 was international director of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Commission. He and his wife Alma Lai live in Hawaii since 2000.

Bong Rin Ro

Founder and executive secretary of the Asia Theological Association from 1970 to 1990.
Hwa Yung Hwa Yung (華勇) is Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He has been a pastor, a lecturer and the Principal of the Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM).

Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung

Asia 2021/22 Program Chair; Asia Lausanne: Chair
Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung was born in Hong Kong and trained as a physician in Australia and is an ordained minister. Patrick and his wife, Jennie, previously served as medical missionaries in South Asia. Patrick is currently serving as the  OMF International General Director (formerly the China Inland Mission founded by Hudson Taylor). Patrick was the Bible expositor for Urbana 2015, plenary speakers for the Cape Town 2010 Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and one of the Keswick Bible conference speakers in the UK in 2011 & 2015.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung

Asia 2021/22 Board of Reference Chair
Dr. Theresa R. Lua is the General Secretary of the Asia Theological Association (ATA), a network of more than 300 theological institutions from 33 countries in Asia and beyond.

Dr. Theresa Lua

Asia Theological Association: General Secretary
Ping-Cheung Lo is Professor Emeritus of the Hong Kong Baptist University, in which he taught for 30 years in the Department of Religion and Philosophy.  He had two Ph.D.s from the USA (Yale, 1990; SUNY Buffalo, 1982, specializing in Christian ethics and moral philosophy respectively. He has published 19 books, mainly in Christian ethics.

Ping Cheung Lo

Distinguished Professor of Ethics in Logos Evangelical Seminary
Riad is a citizen of Lebanon, Syria and the USA. He served in various capacities in leadership and higher education. He is Professor of Old Testament Studies at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon. Riad was also Overseas Council’s International Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe. Riad has been involved with IFES since his years at Damascus University.

Riad Kassis

International Director, Langham Scholars
Based in the city of Udaipur, India, Dr. Finny Philip serves as one of the International Board Members of the Lausanne Movement and as the Editor and Director for Christian Trends. Dr. Finny Philip also serve as a Principal of the Filadelfia Bible College

Dr. Finny Philip

Asia 2021/22 Selection Committee Chair; Lausanne Movement: Board Member
Franklin Wang(From China)

Franklin Wang

Pastor in Beijing Zion Church
Dr. Ivans Satyavrata is the Senior Pastor of Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
                          Dr.Ivan Satyavrata, a Ph.D from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK, was a pioneer pastor in Mumbai. Now he also serves as the Chairman of the Governing Board of SABC, Bangalore, Chairman of the Board of World Vision-India, chairman the Board of Bombay Teen Challenge, and the Vice Chairman of the Centre for Global Leadership Development, Bangalore. Ivan’s wife Sheila, and sons, Rahul and Rohan, are the pride and joy of his life.

Ivan Satyavrata

Senior Pastor of Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
Jarod is part of the Chinese language Doctoral of Ministry program jointly sponsored by Gateway Theological Baptist Seminary and Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary.
                          He and his wife have served ethnically Chinese people in Asia for 17 years since 2003. Their three kids were born in Asia and are also growing up in Asia. Jarod graduated from Texas A&M and also earned a M Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He emphasizes the importance of partnering with the local workers to grow and send their own missionaries into the fields

Jarod Davis

Jarod is part of the Chinese language Doctoral of Ministry program
Sally (Rizalina Lisondra) Ababa is an associate area leader of OM global catalytic ministries and East Asia area team leader for special projects. As an Elder in her church, she involves in the Christian education and discipleship ministry. She was the national director of OM Philippines from 2013-2020. Sally got her Master of Arts in Sustainable Development, Vermont, USA. She also has a M. Div. from El Theological Seminary, Cebu City in Philippines.

Sally Ababa

Asso. Area Leader OM Catalytic Ministries Former Dir. OM Philippines
Director, Care Channels International

Yeoh Seng Eng

Director, Care Channels International
Chadwick Samuel Mohan is the Lead Pastor of the English Service and oversees Discipleship and Leadership Development at New Life Assembly of God Church.

Rev. Chadwick Mohen Samuels

Asia 2021/22 Congress: Selection Chair for South Asia
Tony and Esther Huang are the Global Advance Team Leader for East Asia Diaspora Affinity of the International Mission Board (IMB), Southern Baptist Convention.  They support strategic directions of all IMB Chinese Diaspora personnel and training to national partners to reach the Diaspora Chinese around the world. They have 4 children.  Tony was a former Senior Pastor of Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist Church, with Master of Divinity graduate from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Tony and Esther Huang

Global Advance Team Leader, East Asia Diaspora Affinity (IMB)

Asia 2021 Plenary Event Schedules

Format:The online conference will run from 11-14 Oct, 2021, every day for 2 ½ hours beginning at 7.30 pm (KR, JP), 6.30 pm (CN, MY, PH, SG, TW), 5.30 pm (ID, TH) & 4.00 PM (IN, SL).

The following schedule will be followed on all 4 days:

• 5 min Introduction & Opening Prayer

• 10 min Short Bible Exposition/Devotion

• 60 min Presenter (40 min), Respondent (20 min) for Day 1, 2 & 4. To be arranged by the Presentation Team for Day 3.

• 45 min Breakout session by country/region

• 20 min Plenary Q & A (Questions to be submitted during Breakout session p& the Chair will vet these to select 3-4 questions to be discussed.)

• 10 min Praying together with Prayer leader providing prayer points on screen

Additional Note: For Day 4, there will be an extra 10 mins for David Ro to announce Asia 2022.

Informal Session at the end of each day’s program:

It was agreed that each day’s program will end promptly at the end of the 2 ½ hours scheduled. (10.00 pm for KR, JP; 9.00 pm for CN, MY, PH, SG, TW; 8.00 pm for ID, TH; & 6.30 PM for IN, SL; except for Day 4 when it will end 10 mins later.)

But the plenary discussions can go on for another 30-45 mins thereafter for those who would like to stay on.

In our earlier discussions, the idea that some countries may run their own respective national conferences over the same days integrating Asia2021 as part of these. An example comes from a Creative Assess Nation in East Asia. It may then help other countries to think about what they can do in their own respective countries.

Outline of Country Conference:

Delegates check in on the afternoon of Mon, Oct 11, and check out after the lunch on Fri, Oct 15. Expected number is 50 to 60. We will discuss issues relevant to our own situation over the four days. But the issues covered each day will be synchronized with those addressed by Asia 2021 online the night before. These are: 

Tuesday: Unity and collaboration in our mission.

Wednesday: The shape and trends of the church in our country.

Thursday: Reaching the Next Gen in our country.

Friday: What is our church agenda now that the missionaries have left?

Besides the face to face four-day meeting, we are using this great opportunity to bring the mission leaders together to work at long-term coordination.

As veterans in the mission ministries, those committee members will focus on 3-5 issues in our mission circle in the country. In the coming years we will collaborate in these areas to develop a national strategy and enhance cooperation.

  • Day 01

    11 October, 2021

  • Day 02

    12 October, 2021

  • Day 03

    13 October, 2021

  • Day 04

    14 October, 2021

Unity in the Asian Church

Bishop Ef Tendero

Global Ambassador with World Evangelical Alliance

Maintaining and serving in unity in global church, especially in the pan-Asian scene.

The Asian church today comprises of denominational churches founded by past western missions, numerous networks of indigenous churches in different countries, and a countless multiplicity of independent churches, both imported and indigenous. Given the existing extreme diversity, how can the church in Asia live and minister together in unity? What structures and principles should be put in place to foster unity within the one Body of Christ?

Unity in the church in China

Rev Jin

Case Study—Bringing churches in China in unity together for missions.

The Asian church today comprises of denominational churches founded by past western missions, numerous networks of indigenous churches in different countries, and a countless multiplicity of independent churches, both imported and indigenous. Given the existing extreme diversity, how can the church in Asia live and minister together in unity? What structures and principles should be put in place to foster unity within the one Body of Christ?

Chair : David Ro

Bible Exposition/Devotion : Dr Patrick Fung

Overview of the growth of the Asian Church in the past 120 years and the broad continental trends

Dr Todd Johnson

Co-Director Center for the Study of Global Christianity Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

The Shape of the Asian Church in 2021

The Asian Church has grown from about 2.2% in 1900 to a projected 9.7% in 2025 of the total population of the continent, i.e. to some 450 million Christians. The growth has ranged from slow or even negative (e.g. North Korea) to moderate or even spectacular. This session aims to provide an overview of the broad continental trends as well as those in each nations. What are the things for which we can praise God and what are the challenges for prayer? What lessons should the Asian church draw from these advances, setbacks and challenges before us?

The Shape of the Asian Church in 2021

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon

Founder and CEO of the Charis Institute for Intercultural Studies

A response from an Asian missiologist

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon is serving as founder and CEO of the Charis Institute for Intercultural Studies(ciis.kr). He is also professor of anthropology and intercultural studies at Grace Mission University(gm.edu). He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1998).

Chair : Theresa Lua-Roco

Bible Exposition/Devotion : Asiri Fernando

Reaching the Next Generation

Dr. David Doong

CCCOWE General Secretary in July 2021

Reaching the Next Gen in Asia—Building Authentic Communities

The rapid changes in the world today has brought major disruptions to the youth growing up in the past 20-30 years. Numerous factors are at work impacting their lives with modernization and globalization bringing increasing western secularization and other influences through education, pop culture, social media and the like. Churches in Korea, for example, have lost a large percentage of their youths. The same thing is happening in other countries also. The concern is on how the church in Asia can reach out effectively to the Next Gen, especially the Gen Z, and disciple them. What is distinctive about this session is that it will be done in a manner that befits the cultures of the Millennials and Gen Z.

Bible Exposition/Devotion : To be appointed by the Younger Leaders Program Team

Presentations & discussions based on the theme of the day

6 younger leaders (from early 20s to mid-30s):

- Sharon Dominica (India)

- Yeji In (Korea)

- Blessing Sarangapany (Sri Lanka)

- Heidi Tan (Singapore)

- Sitthavee Teerakulchon (Thailand)

- Chloe Wu (China)

They will address the concerns and issues that Asian youths are wrestling with and challenge the churches to respond to their concerns by demonstrating how the gospel is relevant to these concerns, and thereby how the churches can reach them for Christ and disciple them effectively.

The Shift of the Center of Gravity of the Church from the West to the Majority World

Hwa Yung

Asia 2020 Chair

What challenges do this shift of the church present to Asian churches?

Over the last century, there has been a dramatic shift of the church from the West to the Majority World (MW), with some 2/3s of all Christians now living in the latter. Despite the growth in various forms of indigenous Christianity in different parts of Asia, the fact remains that much of the Asian church grew out of the western mission enterprise. Thus to a large extent Asian churches have adopted the theology and methodology of western Christianity. But continuing to do so will hinder Asian churches from becoming fully mature within their own respective contexts and also burden them with some of the problematic weaknesses in western Christianity.
Key issues on which Asian Christians should seriously rethink include:
• Re-doing apologetics and theology to address the various Asian worldviews;
• Recovering the supernatural dimension in the church’s life and mission;
• ‘Managerial missiology’ (Samuel Escobar) versus the dynamics of the Holy Spirit in ministry and mission;
• Can Christians in the MW help western Christianity in its battle against secularism, which has its roots in the Enlightenment?
• Reshaping theological education so that much more space is given to spiritual and character formation rather than an over-emphasis on intellectual study.

The Shift of the Center of Gravity of the Church from the West to the Majority World

Lindsay Brown

General Secretary of the IFES

A critical response from the West, especially from a European perspective.


Key issues on which Asian Christians should seriously rethink include:
• Re-doing apologetics and theology to address the various Asian worldviews;
• Recovering the supernatural dimension in the church’s life and mission;
• ‘Managerial missiology’ (Samuel Escobar) versus the dynamics of the Holy Spirit in ministry and mission;
• Can Christians in the MW help western Christianity in its battle against secularism, which has its roots in the Enlightenment?
• Reshaping theological education so that much more space is given to spiritual and character formation rather than an over-emphasis on intellectual study.

Chair : Han Chulho (KR)

Bible Exposition/Devotion : Dr Timothy Takahito Iwagami (JP)

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Asia 2022 Conference

John 15:9-17, taken from Jesus’ Farewell Discourse to his disciples. Included in this passage are the following major themes.

  • Exposition
  • Plenary
  • Seminars and Panel
- Love and unity among Jesus disciples (vv.12, 17).
- Jesus’ self-giving as the ultimate measure of love for one another and also the call to obedience and sacrifice (vv.13 & 14).
- Friends of God (vv.14 & 15), and not just slaves/bondservants, implying a much deeper relationship modelled on Abraham (2 Chron 20:7; Is 41:8; & Jas 2:23) and Moses (Ex 33:11).
- Call and chosen to bear fruits (v.16).
“…So have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9-10, 17) Dr. Patrick Fung (Singapore)
“I have kept my Father’s commands” (John 15:10, 13) Dr. Havilah Dharamraj (India)
Rev. Dick Eugenio (Philippines)
“you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last” (John 15:16) Dr. Jung, Minyoung (Korea)

There exists a whole variety of church organizations today: traditional denominations, megachurches, house/underground churches and independent churches. If we are not careful, the Asian church will splinter into myriads of different groups without any sense of unity and accountability to each other. The result would be, as in the days of Judges, “everyone does what is right in his own eyes,” without accountability to the larger regional and national bodies. How can we take up Paul’s challenge “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” rooted in the “one body, one Spirit … one hope …one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:3-6).

This plenary will address the following questions:


• What is the NT doctrine of ekklesia?
• Given the vast variety of church organizations, what practical steps should churches take to find meaningful ways of striving for unity and also to hold ourselves accountable to each other?
• What are some ecclesiological guidelines which can help prevent Asian churches from splintering into a myriad of disorganized and disunited denominations, networks and independent churches?

Speaker: Dr. Yoshiyuki "Billy" Nishioka (Japan)
Over the past hundred years the Gospel has reached hundreds of millions in Asia. But the heartlands of the more established religions, especially Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Shintoism, have been much more difficult to penetrate. One of the key challenges for Christianity in Asia is the perception that it is a “white-man’s” religion with ways of thinking and action, church structures, worship, and ways of doing church and mission largely alien to Asia’s cultures and ways of life. Some keys issues that we need addressing:


• What spiritual and intellectual challenges do these long-established religions posed for the church in Asia?
• How can the Asian church be effective in reaching these Asian religio-cultural heartlands which are still deeply influenced by Asian religious worldviews?
• How can Christians live and practice a faith that is much more contextually sensitive and culturally rooted in Asian soil?
• What practical steps can be taken to challenge Asian churches to do church and mission in this manner?
• How can the above issues be taken up without the church slipping into religious syncretism?

The following is a list of issues that will be addressed in the seminars and breakout sessions. These seminars are meant to be practical and to help develop Asian perspectives on Christian discipleship and ministry. The aim is to seek the Spirit’s guidance for the church of Asia to incarnate the gospel of Christ in Asia’s heartlands.

Speaker: Dr. Calvin Ma (Hong Kong/Australia)

As a follow up from the plenary session on structures and accountability in the Asian church, this seminar explores practical models of ministry which are biblical yet contextual in terms of leadership and accountability. Are pastors to be charismatic CEOs of churches or servants of Christ attending to the spiritual needs of the church community? Are church leaders recognized as “holy men/women” (in the cultural sense of the term) or merely as organizational leaders and managers of religious groups? How can the church put into practice the idea that the fundamental paradigm for ministry in the New Testament is the call to servanthood and not necessarily to leadership?

Speaker: Bishop Efraim Tendero (Philippines)

The focus is on intra-Asian partnerships. What good partnership models are there between the different churches in Asia, between the older and more established and the younger and more vibrant, between those with more resources and those with less, etc.? How can we avoid paternalism on the one hand and the dependency syndrome on the other? How can we foster equal partnership which will help to produce mature indigenous churches which are self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing and self-theologizing?

Webinars

English Webinars

Psalm 2:11 " Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

A Transition from a Mega Church to a complex network of Simple Churches in India by Chadwick Mohen
Introduction to Asia2021 20-Apr Webinar - The Church as an Agent of Transformation
Asia 2021 Online Session 1: Missioloigcal Issues in Asia Today by Bong Rin Ro
Asia 2021 Online Session 2: The Gospel is the Power of God by Hwa Yung
Asia 2021 Online Session 5: LO, Ping-cheung The Church and Social Movements
Asia 2021 Online Session 3: Evangelism in the Early Church by Patrick Fung
Asia 2021 Online Session 4: The Next Christendom by Theresa Lua
20201117 Riad Kassis East Meets Middle East480
20201215 Davis and Wong The Value of Partnership Between the Local Church and the Cross Culture Miss
20210119 India and China: church in the era of the clash of Asia’s TItans.
China’s Urban House Churches Moving Forward by Franklin Wang
Asia 2020/2021 Session I: Missiological Issues in Asia Today by Bong Rin Ro, June 16, 2020
Session II: The Gospel is the Power of God for the Salvation of Everyone who Believes by Hwa Yung, July 21, 2020
3. Asia 2020/2021 Session III: Michael Green’s “Evangelism in the Early Church-Evangelizing the Gentiles” by Patrick Fung, Aug 18, 2020,
Asia 2020/2021 Session IV: Philip Jenkins’s “The Next Christendom” by Theresa Roco Lua, Sept 15, 2020
Asia 2020/2021 Session V: The Church and Social Movements by Ping Cheung Lo, Oct 20, 2020
Asia 2020/2021 Session VI: East Meets Middle East by Riad Kassis, Nov 17, 2020
Asia 2020/2021 Session XII: A Transition from a Mega Church to a complex network of Simple Churches in India by Chadwick Mohan, May 25, 2021
Asia 2020/2021 Session VIII: Church in India and China by Finny Philip, Jan 19, 2021
Asia 2020/2021 Session IX: China’s Urban House Churches Moving Forward by Franklin Wang, Feb 23, 2021

Chinese Webinars

Psalm 2:11 " Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

Asia 2020/2021 Session VII: The Value of Partnership Between the Local Church and the Cross Culture Missionary by Jarod Davis and Tony Wong, Dec 15, 2020
Asia 2020/2021 Session VIII: Church in India and China by Finny Philip, Jan 19, 2021

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Steering Committee

We invite senior leaders

Rev. David Ro currently serves as the Regional Director for the Lausanne movement in East Asia. He is also the Chair of Asia 2021/22 Congress.

Rev. David Ro

Asia 2021/22 Chair
Hwa Yung Hwa Yung (華勇) is Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He has been a pastor, a lecturer and the Principal of the Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM).

Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung

Asia 2021/22 Program Chair; Asia Lausanne: Chair
Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung was born in Hong Kong and trained as a physician in Australia and is an ordained minister. Patrick and his wife, Jennie.previously served as medical missionaries in South Asia. Patrick is currently serving as the OMF International General Director (formerly the China Inland Mission founded by Hudson Taylor). Patrick was the Bible expositor for Urbana 2015, plenary speakers for the Cape Town 2010 Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and one of the Keswick Bible conference speakers in the UK in 2011 & 2015.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Fung

Asia 2021/22 Board of Reference Chair
Based in the city of Udaipur, India, Dr. Finny Philip serves as one of the International Board Members of the Lausanne Movement and as the Editor and Director for Christian Trends.Dr. Finny Philip serve as a Principal of the Filadelfia Bible College.

Dr. Finny Philip

Asia 2021/22 Selection Committee Chair; Lausanne Movement: Board Member
Dr. Theresa R. Lua is the General Secretary of the Asia Theological Association (ATA), a network of more than 300 theological institutions from 33 countries in Asia and beyond.

Dr. Theresa Lua

Asia Theological Association: General Secretary
Chadwick Samuel Mohan is the Lead Pastor of the English Service and oversees Discipleship and Leadership Development at New Life Assembly of God Church.

Rev. Chadwick Mohen Samuels

Asia 2021/22 Congress: Selection Chair for South Asia
Philip Chang is the Chairman of Interserve Malaysia as well as serving the Lausanne Movement as its Regional Director for South East Asia.

Philip Chang

Asia 2021/22 Congress: Selection Chair for South East Asia
Chulho Han worked with Korea InterVarsity Fellowship for many years and served on the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) East Asia Regional Team.

Chulho Han

Korea Lausanne: Vice Chair
Claire is a Researcher and Training Associate at the Singapore Centre for Global Missions.  She served many years in Cambodia.

Claire Chong

Singapore Centre for Global Missions: Researcher and Training Associate
Takahito Iwagami is the general secretary of the Japan Evangelical Association.  He is also an ordained pastor of the Immanuel General Mission in Japan.

Rev. Dr. Takahito Iwagami

General Secretary of the Japan Evangelical Association
Born and raised in an IFES family (Campus Evangelical Fellowship Taiwan), Ray (Su-rey) Peng was privileged to be involved with missions at the early stage of life. He joined Operation Mobilization on MV DOULOS (2003-2007) as a crew member and World Vision Taiwan (2008-2010) as a Programme officer for Emergency Relief projects in Africa. This journey had brought him to more than 60 countries around the world and had a better understanding of the diversity of His Kingdom.
                Served as the general secretary of UMOT (United Missions of Taiwan) from 2012-2018, Ray Peng was involved with launching a number of mobilization initiatives (Perspective, Kairos, Global Prayer Digest, and 30 days prayer) into the Chinese speaking world. Ray devotes himself to increasing mission awareness in the Chinese-speaking churches globally via networks like Lausanne, CCCOWE, GMN and beyond.
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Ray Peng

Collaboration Director of Global Mobilization Network
Asiri Fernando is serving with  'Youth for Christ' Sri Lanka, leading the work in the mountain regions. He is actively involved in teaching and giving pastoral care to staff and volunteers engaged in grassroots evangelism. Asiri has a preaching/teaching ministry in his local church (and outside) and is passionate about serving the urban poor. Asiri is also writing his first book on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and he is an author at ‘Our Daily Bread’. Asiri is married to Cheryl and they have two kids, Yasas (6) and Yeheli (3). Asiri is also a singer-songwriter and loves reading, watching movies and playing cricket.

Asiri Fernando

'Youth for Christ' in Sri Lanka

Board of Reference

We invite senior leaders

Hong Kong

Honorary Advisory Pastor of North Point Alliance Church in Hong Kong Master of Divinity from Regent College Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary
                After graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 1978, Rev. Gordon Sau Wah Siu, worked as a social worker. In 1981, he left for Canada to study at Regent College, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. In May 1987, he was ordained as a reverend and in July of the same year, appointed as the Senior Pastor of North Point Alliance Church Hong Kong.

Rev. Gordon Siu 蕭壽華牧師

North Point Alliance Church: Former Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Joshua Ting 陳世欽牧師
                Born in Sarawak, Malaysia; married Daisy Kiew with two sons and one daughter and two grandchildren First trained at Singapore Bible College (SBC), and then in Biola University, USA with two degrees - MA in Marriage and Family as well as Doctor of Ministry
                Was Dean of Students at SBC, and the Mandarin Pastor at Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California, USA

Rev. Joshua Ting 陳世欽牧師

Chinese Coordination Centre for World Evangelism: General Secretary

Taiwan

Rev. Chung-Chien Shia (James) is the Secretary-General of Chinese Christian Evangelistic Association since 1990. He devoted his life in building up healthy and
                balanced churches by many strategies, such as “the Mustard Seed Plan”. Because of his great contribution to Chinese churches, he was awarded Honorary Doctor Degree
                of Biola University, CA in 1998.

                He is also the Secretary-General of Chinese Christian Relief Association (CCRA), having served with CCRA since 1998. The mission of CCRA is grounded in the two
                principles of providing aid in times of major disaster and community service.

                Rev. Shia is a renowned preacher in Taiwan and overseas. His achievements earned him respect and admiration.

Rev. James Shia 夏忠堅牧師

Chinese Christian Evangelistic orgs: General Secretary
Pastor Zhou Shenzhu, Chairman of the Global Apostolic Network Team for Spiritual Bread. From 1977 to 2011, he served as the senior pastor of Taipei Spiritual Bread Church. Under the leadership of his apostolic anointing for 34 years, the church has undergone a breakthrough by the Holy Spirit and transformed from a Jerusalem-type church to Antioch Up to now, more than 533 churches have been planted worldwide, and they are constantly moving towards the mission of

Rev. Shenzhu Nathaniel Chow 周神助牧師

Bread of Life Global Apostolic Network: Chairman, Former Pastor

India

Rev. Vijayesh Lal serves as General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). The Evangelical Fellowship of India, founded in 1951, is the central organization of Evangelicals in India and serves more than 65,000 Churches and over 200 Organizations across the nation. It is also a charter member of the World Evangelical Alliance (an NGO with special consultative status with the United Nations).
                Rev. Lal has been at the forefront of issues connected with the Church and Religious Freedom in the Indian subcontinent for 20 plus years with intensive grassroots experience. He initiated the ministry of Open Doors International in India and Bhutan beginning in 1999 and was serving as its Executive Director till December 2013. He is also serving as the National Director for EFI’s Religious Liberty Commission since 1999.

Rev. Vijayesh Lal

Evangelical Fellowship of India: General Secretary
Wati Longkumer began his ministry as a student discipler in India. In 1996, he and his family went to Cambodia as a missionary teacher and supported the fletching Cambodian church leadership for 13 years. Upon return to India he has given leadership to the Mission department Nagaland Baptist Church Council and currently is the General Secretary of the India Missions Association. He is also the honorary head Chairman of the Asia Missions Association.

Dr. Longkumer Wati

India Mission Association: General Secretary

Japan

Masanori Kurasawa, born in Japan, is a former president of Tokyo Christian University (TCU) and currently a special professor of TCU and its Graduate School of Theology.  He is also an executive director of TCU Faith and Culture Center.
                He serves as a chair of Japan Lausanne Committee and a board chair of Asia Theological Association in Japan.  He also serves as a board member of the Japan Missiological Society.

Dr. Masanori Kurasawa

Japan Lausanne Committee and ATA Japan: Chair 2021/22
Rev. Kaoru Hirose is the current chair of Japan Evangelical Association.

Rev. Kaoru Hirose

Japan Evangelical Association: Chair 2021/22
I served as a pastor, a missionary teacher in Jamaica, a member of International Council of World Evangelical Alliance.
                Currently I serve as a pastor and chairman of Asia Evangelical Alliance.

Rev Paul H. Ueki

Asia Evangelical Alliance: Chair 2021/22

Korea

Rev. Jae Hoon Lee is currently serving as the second senior pastor of Onnuri Community Church after succeeding the late Pastor Yong-jo Ha.  Rev. Lee strives to lead with an innovative ecclesiology for this age and he continues the vision for “Dreaming of an Apostolic Church.” The core value of Pastor Lee's ecclesiology and pastoral philosophy is that the incarnation of Jesus Christ must appear incarnate in the world through the church today. For this reason, Rev. Lee is extending Onnuri Church's missional calling from overseas missions as well as social missions. Rev. Lee also served as the senior pastor for New Jersey Chodae Community Church. He currently serves as the chairman of CGNTV, Handong Global University, and the Lausanne Committee of Korea. Rev. Lee graduated from Myongji University and studied theology at Hapdong Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He also studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Th.M.), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min. Candidate).

Rev. Jaehoon Lee

Korea Lausanne: Chair; Onnuri Church: Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Kim Sangbok is Ambassador-at-Large of Transform World Connections, Chancellor of Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, and Pastor Emeritus of Hallelujah Community Church, Korea. He also served as co-chair of Global Consultation of World Evangelization 1995 (GCOWE ’95), chairman of Asia Theological Association, chairman of both the Asia Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance.

Rev. David Sangbok Kim

World Evangelical Alliance: Former Chair 2021/22
Pastor Kisung Yoo is the Senor Pastor of Good Shepherd Methodist Church.
                                                        He has been inviting people to have a blessed life of wholistic unification with Jesus Christ through Gospel of Cross that 'I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.His ministry is focused on looking to Jesus who lives in all believers 24/7and walking with Jesus in the daily lives by implementing that to the discipleship training, daily journaling, daily column, and Worship with Jesus movement.

Rev. Kisung Yoo

Good Shepherd Church: Senior Pastor

Sri Lanka

After leading Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka for thirty-five years, Ajith now served as its Teaching Director. His primary work is teaching, mentoring, discipling, and counselling younger Christians. Most of his grassroots ministry has been with the urban poor. He is the award-winning author of 20 books published in 24 languages and of numerous booklets. He serves as Adjunct lecturer at Colombo Theological Seminary. Ajith and his wife Nelun are active in the Nugegoda Methodist Church. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

Ajith Fernando

Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

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