With top Christian speakers converging here in May, Asia’s largest Christian conference is all set to make an impact.
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From May 26 to 30, 2010, minuscule Singapore will play host to one of the biggest Christian conferences for the year—the Asia Conference. First held in November 2008, the Asia Conference is a gathering of Christian believers from all over Asia, coming together for five days of power-packed preaching, dynamic praise and worship, educative and empowering elective sessions, and exciting competitions and games. The inaugural conference in 2008 saw more than 20,000 Christians convening at the Singapore Expo.
This year’s Asia Conference is expected to eclipse the first as it will be combined with the Church Growth International Conference. CGI is an organization dedicated to teaching the principles of evangelism and church growth to pastors all over the world. It was started in 1976 by David Yonggi Cho, founder and senior pastor emeritus of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest church in Christian history, with an estimated 830,000 members in Seoul, South Korea, today.
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Cho will host the Asia Conference alongside City Harvest Church’s founder and senior pastor Kong Hee. Conference speakers include Phil Pringle from Australia; A.R. Bernard, John Avanzini and Stephan Munsey from the USA; Reinhard Bonnke from Germany and Lee Young-Hoon from South Korea (see sidebar).
Electives For Everyone
The Asia Conference will feature more than 20 elective classes covering a wide range of topics, which delegates can sign up for according to their needs and interests. Two sessions of each elective will be conducted in the afternoons from May 26 to 28. Several elective classes will be conducted by CGI’s board members.
Rather than having one teacher per elective like in 2008, some electives will feature different teachers for different sessions. For instance, the six different sessions of the Church Growth elective will be taught by six different teachers.
CHC’s deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng will be helming the last Church Growth session, while guest speakers anchor the others. These include Theo Wolmarans, senior pastor of 14,000-strong Christian Family Church Johannesburg, South Africa; Casey Treat, senior pastor of 10,000-strong Christian Faith Center in Seattle, Washington, the largest church in the Pacific Northwest; and David Sumrall, senior pastor of Cathedral of Praise in Manila, which was founded by his father, the late Dr. Lester Sumrall. All three are members of Cho’s CGI board. The other two sessions will be taught by Mark Connor of CityLife Church in Melbourne, Australia; and Peter Mortlock of City Impact Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
For the women: One session of Woman’s Ministry, a newly-featured elective, will be conducted by Kim Sung-Hae. Apart from being the wife to Cho, Kim is the president of Hansei University in Seoul. She is also a professional music minister and has written several popular Korean songs. The other two sessions will be taught by Chris Pringle and Beverly Wolmarans, wives of Phil Pringle and Theo Wolmarans, and co-founders of their respective ministries.
Effective Missions will be taught by David Mohan and Dick Bernal. Mohan is the senior pastor of New Life Assembly of God in Chennai, India, which has more than 30,000 members. He is also the General Superintendent of All India Assemblies of God and Southern Asia’s representative of the World Assemblies of God. Bernal is the senior pastor of 14,000-strong Jubilee Christian Center in the USA. Both are also CGI board members.
Other electives will cover topics like choosing life partners, parenting, finances, counseling, depression, youth ministry, children’s ministry, social etiquette, worship leading, drama production, among others. With such a plethora to choose from, delegates can be assured of a fulfilling learning experience.
With spiritual heavyweights from all over the world slated to converge in Singapore, the Asia Conference promises to be a life-transforming experience for every delegate.
Log on to asiaconference.org.sg/2010 for more information.