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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of HK


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MISSION

HISTORY

ORGANIZATION

DEVELOPMENT
OF WORK

RELATION
WITH OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS

HOPES FOR
THE FUTURE

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MISSION  

Our mission is to follow the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ ( Matthew 28 : 16 - 20 ), and to imitate His example of teaching and serving. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, by establishing churches, schools and social service projects, we adress the physical and spiritual needs of our society and lead people to accept the Gospel, the Good news of Jesus Christ.

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HISTORY

The Lutheran Church is a Protestant church that is based on the 16th century Reformation.

At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, Lutheran missionaries came from Germany, Northern Europe and the United States to spread the Word of God in China. In northern China, and in the provinces of Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, Hebei, Hunan and Guangdong, they established churches, schools and hospitals. In 1920, the Chinese Lutheran Church was formed, along with a seminary and the Lutheran Publishing House.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Shekow, Hupei province, moved to Hong Kong in 1948, and was relocated on Tao Fong Shan in Shatin. As class after class of students graduated, the work of spreading the Gospel expanded throughout Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

On Feb. 27, 1954, representatives from all the Lutheran congregations in Hong Kong gathered at Tao Fong Shan to formally establish the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (ELCHK).

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ORGANIZATION

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY: carries the highest authority within the ELCHK and convenes once a year.

REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY: meets once a year and is attended by all co-workers as well as lay representatives from congregations.

CHURCH COUNCIL: holds meetings once a month for the purpose of facilitating administration.

ADMINISTRATION: The Bishop oversees the whole church, assisted by the Vice-bishop, Secretary, Treasurer, and directors of 10 administrative departments (Evangelism and Pastoral Care, School Education, Personnel, Overseas Missions, Discipleship and Nurture, Youth and Teenagers, Family Ministry, Mass Communication, Finance & Stewardship and Social Services).

 

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DEVELOPMENT OF WORK

EVANGELIZATION

Our ministry of spreading the Gospel in the different areas of the territory began with work among refugees who came from China in the early 1950's. At present, the ELCHK has 52 congregations with a membership of over 15,000 and almost 100 evangelists and pastors as co-workers, including about 10 missionaries.
 
OVERSEAS MISSION

The work of the Overseas Missions Department is to promote mission work in the congregations, organize mission fellowship, arrange short-term mission visitations, form prisoner concern groups and oversee a host of other programs.

In 1982 an agreement was signed by the Norwegian Mission Society(NMS) and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission(FELM) and ELCHK to form the Lutheran Mission in Thailand. In 1987 the ELCHK began financial support for Lutheran mission work in Thailand and by 1988 sent its first missionary. In 1999, we haad sent Rev. Ip Ching-Wah and his family serving in Thailand. In 1998, ELCHK sent Rev. Ian Cheung and family to serve the Chinese community in Germany.

In 2003, we sent Rev. Tsang Kwok-fai and family to Fiji Island to serve the Chinese community there. In 2007, we sent two lay missionaries, Ms. Lam Wing-man and Au-Yeung Suet-ling to serve in Thailand. In 2008, we also commenced our mission in Phnom Penh, Kampuchea.

 

SCHOOL EDUCATION

Hong Kong churches play an important role in the field of education. About 50% of the schools
in Hong Kong have been established by church organizations, and many of these enjoy an excellent reputation. ELCHK now has 5 secondary schools, 7 primary schools, and 7 kindergartens. In the 2008/2009 school year, we have a total of 8,300 students and 532 teachers.
 

SOCIAL SERVICE

The social service ministry of the ELCHK began in August 1976, with the establishment of a youth centre in Shatin. On this foundation for social service, other projects and service units were developed including community development projects, school social work, hostels for the elderly, child care centres, children and youth centres, outreach teams, homehelp teams,
and services for the mentally handicapped.

In 1996, NMS and FELM began to transfer their social services units to the ELCHK. With this transference, the ELCHK now has over 40 service units and 700 social workers serving among us.
 
OTHERS

Tao Sheng Publishing House

The Tao Sheng Publishing House is the publishing arm of the ELCHK. In addition to publishing Christian literature, Tao Sheng specializes in books for theological education, personal and spiritual guidance and Lutheran theology. Tao Sheng operates a bookstore on the ground floor of the Lutheran Building.

Lutheran Theological Seminary

The Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) was first established in Shekow, Hupei Province in 1913, and in 1948, was moved to Hong Kong. In 1977 the ELCHK, the Chinese Rhenish Church, the Tsung Tsin Mission, and the Taiwan Lutheran Church cooperated in reorganizing LTS as a united seminary.

LTS moved to its new campus on Tao Fong Shan in 1992. LTS's goals are to recruit more trained Chinese professors, computerize library facilities, and review curriculum in order to face the challenges of the coming century.

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RELATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

MISSION PARTNERS

The growth and rapid development of our ministry has been due both to the grace of God and
the support of mission organizations and partner churches. From the beginning, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly known as American Lutheran missions) have been our close and loyal partners. Later the NMS and FELM integrated their work in Hong Kong with our church. The Areopagos (formerly known as Christian Mission to Buddhists), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, and the Danish Missionary Society also have close partnerships
with the ELCHK.
 
 

THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION

The ELCHK joined the Lutheran World Federation in 1957 and thus became a member of this worldwide Lutheran family based in Geneva, Switzerland.

THE HONG KONG LUTHERAN FEDERATION

This cooperative organization is comprised of the ELCHK, the Chinese Rhenish Church, the
Tsung Tsin Mission, the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod, the Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church and the South Asian Lutheran Evangelical Mission, S.A.L.E.M.
 

 

HONG KONG CHRISTIAN COUNCIL

In the spirit of one holy catholic church, the ELCHK has joined this ecumenical organization that unites the Protestant churches of Hong Kong. In many ways then, the ELCHK cooperates with other churches to serve the entire Hong Kong church community and society.
 
 

HONG KONG CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES UNION

Nearly half of our congregations are members of this local church organization.
 
 
 
  HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

As a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, we Christians of the ELCHK living in Hong Kong look forward to more opportunities for ministry and service. With God's blessing and grace, we will seek to do great things and pray that we may continue to play an influential part in this community as witnesses and servants of Christ.
 

July 2009 

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