Council of Churches of Malaysia

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The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) is an ecumenical fellowship of Churches and Christian organisations in Malaysia. It is one of the three constituent members of the Christian Federation of Malaysia.

It is affiliated with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches and a member of the Christian Conference of Asia. It also participates in the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism as part of the Christian Federation of Malaysia.

History[edit]

In 1947, the Malayan Christian Council was mooted and officially inaugurated on 9 January 1948 under the leadership of John Leonard Wilson, the Anglican Bishop of Singapore, with Hobart Baumann Amstutz of the Methodist Church acting as General Secretary to promote Christian unity among the Churches and Christian organisations in Malaya and Singapore.

Despite the 1963 federation of the British Crown Colonies of Singapore, North Borneo, and Sarawak with the Federation of Malaya into the new nation of Malaysia, the Malayan Christian Council continued to function using the old name. In 1967, the Malayan Christian Council was renamed the Council of Churches of Malaysia and Singapore. In view of Malaysia and Singapore having separated and become independent sovereign nations, it was considered desirable to have separate Councils of Churches for each nation, therefore, the Council was divided into 2 national organisations; the current Council of Churches of Malaysia and the National Council of Churches of Singapore in 1975.

Basis and objectives[edit]

Basis[edit]

The Council is founded

  • on a common belief that God has revealed His eternal purpose for mankind in His Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. Its members accept the scriptures of Old and New Testaments as the supreme standard of faith and practice, and confess their common faith as expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds
  • on the acceptance of the principal that the Church is in the Christian enterprise that the local congregation is basic to its life and witness, and that evangelism is its primary task
  • as an association of Churches, and other Christian organisations, each believing that it is Christ's will that His Body, the Church should again be visibly one and each desiring to work towards this end
  • as an association of co-operating members, each of which determines its own policy and action

Objectives[edit]

The objectives of the Council are

  • to offer itself as an instrument or agency to the Churches in Malaysia whereby they can more and more do together everything except what irreconcilable differences of sincere conviction compel them to do separately
  • to show forth among its members that Christian unity which is God's gift to His people in Jesus Christ, and by common prayer, study, consultation and action, promote the Church's mission in Malaysia and the World
  • through common consultation and action to form Christian public opinion and bring it to bear on the moral, social, national and international problems of the day, particularly those affecting the life and welfare of the peoples of Malaysia
  • to promote discussion and action among Churches in Malaysia towards Church union
  • to provide an agency through which governments in Malaysia both federal and state, may consult with member-churches and organisations on matters of common concern to all member bodies of the Council
  • to maintain fellowship with other Christian Councils or Council of Churches of other countries and with such ecumenical bodies as the Council may decide, and in particular to fulfil its obligations as an affiliated member of the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia

Constituents[edit]

Member Churches[edit]

Member Church Head of Church
Anglican Diocese of Kuching Bishop: Rt Rev Bolly Lapok
Anglican Diocese of Sabah Bishop: Rt Rev Albert Vun Cheong Fui
Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia Bishop: Rt Rev Ng Moon Hing
Basel Christian Church of Malaysia Bishop Dr.Thomas Tsen
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia Bishop Dr. Solomon Rajah
Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore Bishop Philip Lok Oi Peng
Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Malaysia Dr Thomas Philips
Methodist Church in Malaysia
  • Chinese Annual Conference
  • Sabah Provisional Annual Conference
  • Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference
  • Sarawak Iban Annual Conference
  • Tamil Annual Conference
  • Trinity Annual Conference
Bishop: Rev Hwa Yung
Orthodox Syrian Church in Malaysia Cor Episcopa Philip Thomas
Presbyterian Church in Malaysia Rev Dr Yeo Sim Sek
Protestant Church in Sabah Sopirid Masandu
Salvation Army in Malaysia Lt Colonel David Bringans

Associate Members[edit]

Organisation Head of Organisation
Bible Society of Malaysia Kong Yeng Phooi, President
Boys' Brigade in Malaysia Michael Moorthy, Brigade President
Girls' Brigade in Malaysia Tnay Yong Hua, President
Malaysian Christian Association for Relief Wong Young Soon, Executive Director
National Council of YMCAs Geh Thing Lok, Executive Director
Young Women's Christian Association of Malaysia Loius Bong, President
Seminari Theoloji Malaysia Dr Ezra Kok, Principal
Sabah Theological Seminary Dr Thu En Yu, Principal
Mobilisation Fellowship Malaysia Choong Wye Choon, National Director
Interserve Malaysia Philip Chang, Chairman
Prison Fellowship Malaysia Dr. Tan Kah Hock, Chairman

Affiliate Members[edit]

Organisation Head of Organisation
Coptic Orthodox Church in Malaysia Fr Joseph Sim, Representative

Leadership[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Period Name Denomination
2003 - Dr Thomas Philips Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Malaysia
2001 - 2003 Julius D. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia
1995 - 2000 Yong Ping Chung Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia
1989 - 1994 Dr Denis C. Dutton Methodist Church in Malaysia
1987 - 1988 E.B. Muthusami Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia
1983 - 1986 George Vergis Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Malaysia
1979 - 1982 John Gurubatham Savarimuthu Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia
1977 - 1978 E.B. Muthusami Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia
1975 - 1976 C.N. Fang Methodist Church in Malaysia
1972 - 1974 Basil Temenggong Anglican Diocese of Kuching
1970 - 1971 V.E. Thomas Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Malaysia
1968 - 1969 Roland Koh Peck Chiang Anglican Diocese of Sabah
1966 - 1967 Robert F. Lundy Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia
1964 - 1965 R.M. Greer ?
1963 Dr Ho Seng Ong Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia
1962 Roland Koh Peck Chiang Anglican Diocese of Jesselton (Sabah)
1958 - 1961 J.R. Fleming ?
1947 - 1957 RLeonard Wilson Anglican Diocese of Singapore

General Secretaries[edit]

Period Name
1998 - Dr Hermen Shastri
1995 - 1997 Dr Hermen Shastri (Honorary)
1989 - 1994 Varghese George (Honorary)
1975 - 1988 Dr Denis C. Dutton (Honorary)
1973 - 1974 V.D.P. Pillai
1972 R. Chelladurai
1967 - 1971 Wong Hoon Hee
1958 - 1966 Chung Chi-an
1952 - 1957 J.R. Fleming
1947 - 1951 Hobart B. Amstutz (Honorary)

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