in Singapore need to realise that they live in a multi-religious
country and they must not forget that there are religious sensitivities.
The Rev Dr Isaac Lim, President of Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC),
who said this in his address at TRAC's 27th Session at Trinity
Theological College, added: "As we would desire persons of
other religious faiths to respect our doctrine and practice, reciprocal
respect is expected of us when we relate to those of other faiths.
"In telling others about our faith there is no need to speak
evil of other faiths. The goal in evangelism is not to focus on
another religious system. The goal in evangelism is to tell others
about Christ. If we have a message that is relevant and that meets
the needs of people, they will respond.
"Paul reminds us to be all things to all people so that by
all means we may save some (1 Corinthians 9:22). We are called
to be creative in our evangelistic endeavours. I believe this
is a good time for us to find new ways of proclamation."
He believes that the intent of a Pledge of Religious Harmony is
not to curb Christians from sharing their faith. What it calls
for is respect and sensitivity to the feelings of those from other
"Our faith requires us to share the Gospel. Our faith is
anchored on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go and make
disciples of all nations. If that is so, then we need to be able
to do evangelism in a multi-religious context with the sensitivities
of others in mind."
Among other points in his address, the Rev Dr Lim also touched
renewal - "Leadership renewal is a godly process of spiritual
for an International Prayer Conference for Wesleyans in Renewal
to be held here from June 17 to 22 this year;
of the TRAC Central Youth Agency to oversee, coordinate and support
the various components of TRAC youth ministry; and
for a Pastoral Development Programme, to be headed by a full-time
director in future.
This year's conference guest speaker was the Rev Dr David Wilkinson
from the British Methodist Church. He spoke on
"Confidence In The Spirit", "Confidence In Evangelism"
and "Confidence In Ministry" over three days.
The conference elected Dr Wu Dar Ching of Covenant Community Methodist
Church as its new Vice-
President. He replaced Dr Gilbert Chiang of Kampong Kapor Methodist
Church, who has served the maximum three two-year terms.
There were also a few new pastoral appointments.
The Rev Melvin Huang Teng Kian, Pastor-in-Charge of Wesley Methodist
Church, was appointed the new District Superintendent (East) to
replace the Rev Dr Gordon Wong Cheong Weng, who has left for his
The Rev Stanley Chua Huang Seng was appointed the Pastor-in-Charge
of Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church. He replaced the Rev Sng Chong
Hui, who has been posted to Paya Lebar Methodist Church as the
Pastor. The Rev Chua is a member of the Methodist Message Editorial
The Rev Vincent Goh Koon Chua was appointed Pastor-in-Charge of
Bedok Methodist Church to replace the Rev Lawrence Chua Tiaw Chek,
who is on sabbatical leave.
The Rev David Wee Boon Hock was appointed Pastor of Christ Methodist
The opening night of the 27th Session of TRAC:
The TRAC President, the Rev Dr Isaac Lim (fourth from left), welcoming
conference delegates and guests. Others in the picture are, from
left, Mr Chan Kum Kit, TRAC Conference Treasurer; Mr P. Sathiasingam,
Chairman, Board of Finance and Board of Presidency; Bishop Dr
Robert Solomon; the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, CAC President; and the
Rev Dr Vinson Samuel, ETAC President.
THE following eight were ordained by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon
Mr Chew Eng Pin, Mr Kan Man Shek, Mr Peter Wong Ngian Chay,
Mr Erick Tan Eng Ghee (all from CAC).
Ms Lilian Ang Siew Kee, Mr Chiang Ming Shun, Mr Peter Koh Yong
Chye, Mr Edwin Wong Eng Wei (TRAC).
This year there was only one pastor who was ordained as an
The Rev Lek Yong Teck (CAC).