CAC NEWS - December 2020
What a year 2020 has been! But this Christmas season, we have as much to give thanks for as past years. We rejoice with songs of praise and we gather to encourage this family of faith. May our worship be holy and acceptable to our Father. Hallelujah, for the God of Hope is in our midst. The Christ who was born to us is, indeed, coming again. Christmas greetings from CAC's newly elected Conference Officials and Board Chairs.

Reflections

Outgoing and Incoming Conf Lay Leaders

Outgoing and Incoming Conference Lay Leaders

I am Kwok Wan Yee from Charis Methodist Church.  From 2014-2016, I was Vice President of CAC, and subsequently was elected as the 2017-2020 CAC Conference Lay Leader at the 2016 Chinese Annual Conference.  I have just stepped down as Conference Lay Leader in the next Quadrennium.

During my tenure as Conference Lay Leader in 2017-2020, my focus was on raising the capabilities of the lay leaders in our local churches, and building closer relationships amongst the lay leaders of our 17 CAC churches, to support one another and to build a stronger and better CAC.   By encouraging communication and open discussions, lay leaders can pray more meaningfully for each other’s churches and rally support through manpower or donations.  For example, we rallied behind the Fundraising Dinner for Punggol Preaching Point (2018), and also encouraged stronger participation in CAC programmes such as the annual CAC May Day Seminar by the Board of Laity and the annual Day of Prayer for Families by the Board of Family Life.

To effectively represent the laity, the Conference Lay Leader also sits on the Conference Executive Board (EB), the Boards of Appointments, Nominations, Finance, HR and the GC Executive Board. … we represent CAC’s participation in the various inter-AC dialogue and display the spirit of One MCS.

To effectively represent the laity, the Conference Lay Leader also sits on the Conference Executive Board (EB), the Boards of Appointments, Nominations, Finance, HR and the GC Executive Board.  I was also elected to the GC Executive Council and the General Conference, as well as acting as CAC’s Lay Representative to the Inter-Annual Conference Structural Review Task Force led by Bishop Chong.  Through these various discussions, we represent CAC’s participation in the various inter-AC dialogue and display the spirit of One MCS.

We also opened our lay leadership training programmes to the other Annual Conferences and it was especially enriching to learn together with TRAC and ETAC leaders, for example in the LCEC Induction Programme, which was described as ‘kilat’ by Kim Seah, the TRAC Conference Lay Leader.  We now have training for Nominations Committee, PPRSC and Lay Leaders.

With the support from the Executive Board, I also urged the setting up of the SSA Task Force to educate, equip and engage pastors and lay persons.  We organised systematic training for pastors and laity.  It will need an inter-disciplinary approach.

The Conference Lay Leader needs to have his finger on the pulse of the members so as to lead more empathetically.

The Conference Lay Leader needs to have his finger on the pulse of the members so as to lead more empathetically. For example, the Conference Lay Leader could join in the Lay Ministry Staff Retreat and know all the pastors better, love them as you love your own pastors.

An important role for the Conference Lay Leader is in the Board of Appointments, where we are able to focus on matching the needs of the local churches with the talents of the pool of pastors.

As leaders we often face situations that are grave and complex where our secular experiences will be an inadequate reference.  At such times, only Christ, the Way, can bring us peace. Seek the Lord always and stay close to Him. May God bless you in all you do in His name!

As leaders we often face situations that are grave and complex where our secular experiences will be an inadequate reference.  At such times, only Christ, the Way, can bring us peace. Seek the Lord always and stay close to Him.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Cor 15:58

Kwok Wan Yee

Conference Lay Leader 2017-2020

Wan Yee is currently serving as Local preacher in Charis MC and also in D&N. She is also serving as member of the CAC Executive Board, and as CAC delegate to the General Conference Executive Council and General Conference.

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