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马来西亚基督教卫理公会华人年议会简史

马来西亚卫理公会之历史始于1885年2月8日,即威廉阿尔汉(William F. Oldham)及雅各多本(James M. Thoburn)宣教士抵达新加坡之日子。马来西亚宣教区于1888年成立,而其工作乃隶属于美国卫理公会宣教部管辖之下。

1936年1月7日,马来亚年议会中讲华语的会员进而组成马来西亚华人宣教议会。正当教会开始活动之时,却遭遇到突如其来的第二次世界大战。她虽遭受许多忧患及损失,但此战争却带来殊有意义之利益。

当西方之财力人力全无着落之时,教会不得不作自力更生之尝试。马来西亚华人宣教议会曾于1942年年4月假新加坡梳特街淡米尔卫理公会召开一次会议。另一次的会议则于新加坡直落亚逸华人卫理公会举行,新加坡教区长方汉京牧师被选为主席。

华人年议会四个发展阶段

1. 信心种子之栽种

卫理公会于新加坡华社中的工作始于1889年。伟士博士(Dr. Benjamin West)攻读厦门语以便在华社中传福音。当时,参与开荒的华籍工作人员多未被按立,却为自愿献身之信徒。逐渐地,有数位牧师从中国调来协助,继而有几位传道在本地受训以便担起牧会工作。当时,教会遭遇困难挣扎奋斗,进展缓慢。惟于1928年教牧夏令学校中倡议创办之《南钟报》,出版迄今已将近一百年。其首任主编为陈观斗牧师。直至1936年,华人工作尚隷属于马来亚年议会管辖之下。

1836年,于美国之总议会通过法案授权组成马来西亚华人宣教年会(相等于今之临时年议会)。此后不久,林鸿万牧师被委为第一位讲华语之教区长,后来方策牧师与丘如山牧师亦被委为教区长。教会在这期间开始增长。

2. 第二次世界大战时期

第二次世界大战期间,马来亚卫理公会会友遭受许多生命与财产损失。教会活动亦多被阻挠,许多人不得不在空袭下做礼拜,会友四散,灰心失志。这时期,教会也面临宣教士撤退,并失去款项来源。然而,教会却胜过这一切患难并决意成为自传、自养及自治,学习信赖上帝为必要时最大的供应者。同时,教会领袖深觉必须训练本地领袖,极力作好管家并扩展圣工。

3. 自第二次世界大战至自治时期

紧随战后时期,教会的主题为“重建”。美国母会通过宣教部,给予强有力之支持、指导及鼓励。同时,本地政府也拨款作为复原之用。华人年议会遂成立组织,以便推行应作之事工。妇女服务会于1948年成立,青年团契则成立于1952年。

1950年,华人年议会联合本地区其他年议会组成东南亚中央合议会并选出亚策会督为会督。随后,新加坡三一神学院之首任院长安和伯博士于1956被选为会督;李人仆牧师于1964年被选为会督,率领教会于1968年踏上自治之路。

1948年,三一神学院于新加坡创立以训练本地区牧师及教会工作人员;中文部更是华人年议会教牧训练计划之需要,故现任牧师、传道多于此接受训练。

1966年,华人年议会于马六甲举行,首先正式动议成立自治卫理公会。此动议由林识忠牧师提出,丘少华牧师附议。其他年议会即表赞同并成立委员会,以便提呈美国卫理公会总议会立法授权成立自治之卫理公会,并为1968年之制宪会议作好准备。

4. 马来西亚及新加坡自治教会(1968年至1976年)

华人年议会即为马来西亚及新加坡自治卫理公会成员年议会之一。“马来西亚”于此指由马来亚、新加坡、婆罗州砂拉越及沙巴二州于1963年所组成之国家。惟新加坡于1965年脱离马来西亚,成立了新加坡共和国。由于政治更易变动,此地区之卫理公会遂成为马来西亚及新加坡卫理公会。叶金豪牧师于1968年受选为首任会督,多礼三美牧师(Theodore R. Doraisamy)于1973年12月受选为会督,接任至1976年。方中南牧师则于1968年受选为华人年议会会长。此会长制乃始于1968年之制宪会议。

兴建卫理大厦

1969年华人年议会经济部与执行部倡议于吉隆坡罗弄汉志拔(Lorong Hang Jebat),华人卫理公会礼拜堂左侧(福建堂与广东堂所献地段),兴建一座十层楼卫理大厦。由于各堂会及会友大力支持,捐款陆续而来。1973年3月31日政府正式批准建筑,义务绘测师何约翰先生受邀于1974年2月10日举行的动土礼。1974年5月6日华人年议会会长方中南牧师奠立基石。多礼三美会督于1975年11月召开华人年议会,在会中主持奉献典礼,归荣耀于天父上帝。

卫理大厦之兴建目的有三:

1. 所得固定入息取代外来辅助金,将若干层楼租出以扩展宣教事工。

2. 提供适当及足够空间作为年议会办事处用途。

3. 以建筑物纪念先贤之辛劳与成就,同也鼓励后代,承接过去与将来并向前迈进以达更大成就。

A Brief history on the Methodist Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia

The history of the Methodist Church In Malaysia began when William F. Oldham and James M. Thoburn arrived in Singapore on February 8, 1885. In 1888. the Malaysia Mission was formed and the work was supervised directly by the Methodist Board of Missions in America.

On January 7, 1936, The Malaysia Chinese Mission Conference which consisted of the Chinese-speaking members of the Malaya Annual Conference was set up. Just as it was beginning to function, the Church suddenly found itself in The midst of World War II. Although the Church suffered much grief and loss, the war brought significant benefits.

In the absence of Western funds and personnel, the Church had a chance to try its wings. The Malaysia Chinese Mission Conference held a session in Short Street Tamil Methodist Church in Singapore in August 1942. One session of this Conference was held in the Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church in Singapore. The District Superintendent of Singapore. Rev. Hong Han Keng was elected Chairman.

The Phases of Development of the Chinese Annual Conference

1. The Planting of the Seed of Faith

Methodist work among the Chinese in Singapore began in 1889, Dr. Benjamin West studied the Amoy dialect in order to preach the Gospel to the Chinese community. The Chinese pioneers were largely untrained, unordained, but dedicated volunteer lay people. Gradually, a few pastors were brought in from China to help. Then a few others were trained locally to assume pastoral care. The Church struggled against difficulties and grew painfully slow. But the proposal for a Church periodical for Chinese readers, the Southern Bell, which was adopted for publication at the pastors’ school in 1928 has continued its circulation since then. Rev. Andrew K. T. Chen was its first editor. Up to 1936, the Chinese work was supervised by the Malaya Annual Conference.

The 1936 General Conference in U.S.A. passed an enabling act to form the Malaysia Chinese Mission Conference (equivalent to the present Provisional Annual Conference). Not long after that, the Rev. Lim Hong Ban was appointed the first Chinese-speaking district superintendent. Later on, the Reverends C.E. Fang and Yau Yee San were also appointed district superintendents. During this period the Church began to develop and grow.

2. The World War II Period

During the period of World War II, the Methodist people in Malaya suffered much loss of life and property. Church life was disrupted. Many had to assemble for worship amidst air raids. The members were scattered and disheartened. However, the Church emerged triumphantly from these sufferings Which a resolution to become a self-propagating, self-supporting and self-governing Church. It had learned to rely on God as the Great Provider of every need. With the missionaries evacuated and funds cut off, the Church had to depend on The resources from God and to persevere in adversity. During this period the leaders of the Church realised that the Church had lo train local leaders, encourage stewardship, and expand its work.

3. From World War II to Autonomy

The theme of the Church in the immediate post-war period was “rebuilding”. The mother Church in America through the Board of Missions gave strong support, guidance and encouragement. The government provided some funds for rehabilitation. The Chinese Annual Conference set about organizing itself to undertake the work which needed to be done. In 1948, the Women’s Society of Christian Service was formed; the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) was organised in 1952.

In 1950. the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) together with the other Annual Conferences of the area formed the South East Asia Central Conference and elected Bishop Raymond Archer as Bishop. Dr. Hobart Amstutz who was also the first principal of Trinity Theological College was elected Bishop in 1956. The Rev. Robert F. Lundy was elected Bishop in 1964 and led the Church to autonomy in 1968.

In 1948, the Trinity Theological College was established in Singapore to train pastors and Church workers for the area. A Chinese department served the needs of the CAC in its ministerial training programme. Most of the present pastors received their training in Trinity.

In 1966, the CAC, which met in Malacca, first made a formal proposal to form an autonomous Methodist Church. The proposal was made by the Rev. S.T. Peter Lim and seconded by the Rev. Khoo Siaw Hwa. The other Annual Conferences promptly concurred and a committee was formed to apply for an enabling act from the General Conference of the Methodist Church in U.S.A. and to prepare for the Constituting Conference in 1968.

4. The Autonomous Church in Malaysia and Singapore (1968-1976)

The CAC was one of the Annual Conferences in what had become the Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore. The name “Malaysia” was used to refer to a federation of Malaya, Singapore and the two states of Sarawak and Sabah in Borneo, which was formed in 1963. In 1965, Singapore ceased to be a part of Malaysia and subsequently formed the island Republic of Singapore. With these political changes the Methodist church became the Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore. Rev. Yap Kim Hao was elected the first Bishop at the first session of the General Conference which was convened in the University of Malaya in Singapore in August 1968. The Rev. T.R. Doraisamy was elected Bishop in December 1973 and served till the end of the quadrennium in 1976. The Rev. C. N. Fang was elected president of The Chinese Annual Conference in 1968 and served till the end of this period. The presidency was initiated at the Constituting Conference of 1968.

Wisma Methodist

In 1969, the Board of Finance and the Executive Board of the CAC proposed to erect a 10 storey Wisma Methodist on a plot of land beside the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Methodist Church in Lorong Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur, which was donated by the Hokkien and Cantonese congregations. With the strong support of churches and individuals, funds began to come in. On 31st March, 1973, official government approval for the building was granted. On 10th February, 1974, the Honorary Architect, Mr. John Ho was invited to break the ground. On 6th May, 1974, the Rev. C.N. Fang, CAC President, laid the foundation stone. In November, 1975, during the session of the Chinese Annual Conference, Bishop T.R. Doraisamy dedicated the Wisma Methodist to the glory of God.

The three purposes for which Wisma Methodist was erected were:

(1) to ensure a steady income to replace overseas aid and to expand mission work by leasing out some of the floors.

(2) to provide suitable and adequate office space for the Conference use.

(3) and to serve as a monument in memory of the effort and accomplishments of our forebears as well as an encouragement to the coming generations, linking the past to the future, pressing onward to greater achievements.

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建议这里用以展示有关卫理大厦的照片。

从起初建筑到现今。

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马来西亚卫理公会成为自治教会的进程

1948 年:成立马来西亚华年议会,于1947年12月30日至1948年1月5日在新加坡举行议会。

1952年:成立砂拉越临时年议会,于2月3-7日在诗巫举行第一届议会。亚策会督主持会议。

1959年:成立砂拉越年议会,于12月1-6日在诗巫举行第一届议会。

1962年:成立砂拉越伊班临时年议会.

1968年:成立自治的新马卫理公会,其组织包括五个年议会,即马新年议会、华人年议会、砂拉越年议会、砂拉越伊班临时年议会与淡米尔年议会。

1967年,马来西亚卫理公会与新加坡卫理公会分而治之,前者保留1968年之五个年议会为成员,后者则由三个年议会组成,即淡米尔年议会、三一年议会(英语)和华人年议会。

Becoming an Autonomous Church

1948: The Malaysia Chinese Annual Conference was formed, conference was held in Singapore from December 30, 1947 to January 5, 1948.

1952: The Sarawak Provisional Annual Conference was formed, the first annual conference was held in Sibu from February 3 to 7, Bishop Raymond L. Archer presided.

1959: The Sarawak Annual Conference was formed, the first annual conference was held in Sibu from December 1 to 6.

1962: The Sarawak Iban Provisional Annual Conference was organised.

1968: The affiliated autonomous Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore was formed. It consisted of five conferences: The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore, the Chinese Annual Conference, the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference, the Sarawak Iban Provisional Annual Conference and the Tamil Annual Conference.

In 1976, Malaysia and Singapore formed separate national Methodist Churches. The structure of the former remained unchanged, with the five conferences still in place as of 1968. The latter consisted of three conferences, the Tamil Annual Conference, the Trinity Annual Conference and the Chinese Annual Conference.