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Chinese Methodist Church in Australia

 

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia

The Chinese Methodist Church in Australia is based in Melbourne.

The theology of the Church is in line with Methodism worldwide. It is Arminian and Wesleyan in theology and its liturgy contains both traditional and contemporary services. In 2015 there were 27 churches / mission centres in Australia. The Church is actively involved in discipleship and misison works.

The Church was started by members from the Methodist Churches of Malaysia and Singapore who were either sent to Australia or emigrated there. It is found in all the major cities of Australia.

It was originally known as the Methodist Church in Australia but disagreement rose over its name with the Uniting Church in Australia, with the latter refusing to allow its entry into the World Methodist Council. To solve this disagreement, the name was changed to the Chinese Methodist Church in Australia and after the Uniting Church in Australia dropped its veto, it was subsequently welcomed into the World Methodist Council.

The first bishop was the Reverend, Dr. James Ha, who was elected to office on 28 November 2002, when the Annual Conference was officially formed. The second bishop was the Reverend, Dr. Albert Chiew, who was elected to the office on 28 November 2006. On 25 November 2010, the Reverend Dr. James Kwang was elected as the third bishop; he was re-elected on 27 November 2014.

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External links

  • Chinese Methodist Church in Australia - official website
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