SINGAPORE, 23 NOVEMBER 2008 — KEVIN LOO OF City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur (CHCKL) went into this Sunday morning’s ordination service as a pastor, and came out a Reverend.
While the ordination took an instant, it was a long time in the making for him.
“It’s an acknowledgement of God’s calling in my life, and it really motivates me to continue serving Him and really live out my calling,” he said.
More than just a title, Kevin feels that the ordination is an honor as it reflects the seriousness of his ministry.
Graduating as the top international student in the cohort of 1997 in School of Theology (SOT), Kevin pioneered his new church in 2002 under the guidance of Kong Hee. CHCKL is now 1,400 strong.
This second last session of the Conference — which happened on Sunday — marked a new beginning for six pastors, who were all ordained as Reverends.
Also, four ministers were licensed as pastors.
The ordination ceremony was brief, with the 10 church workers making their way on stage to receive a plaque from Phil Pringle and Kong. Next, they knelt down in prayer as Pringle prayed over each of them.
The newly-ordained ministers come from different countries and backgrounds.
Goh Yock Kiang, Choong Tsih-Ming, and Wu Yu Zhuang are ministers in City Harvest Church (CHC), while Tan Seow How is from Heart of God Church in Singapore. Husband-and-wife team of Wayne Chang and Angel Lee lead the 500-strong Xin Dian Covenant Church in Taiwan.
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Newly licensed pastor Joseph Ang shepherds the Chinese service in CHC, while Bobby Chaw is the dean of SOT. John Lee pastors City Breakthrough Church in Sydney.
Kevin Loo will go home after the Conference to resume his pastoral duties with fresh insight into insulating his congregation as they penetrate secular culture. “Money is a great lure as many of my members are going into adulthood and the workforce, and sometimes you can be easily lured away if your grounding is not right,” he said.