Rev. Im, Yong-hwa (General Board member from Korea) meets with Lee, Chul-hwan (translator) and Dr. John Moore (Australia/New Zealand Field Strategy Coordinator). (Photo by Marty Egashira, slideshow available)
Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Council meets in Singapore
Friday, October 22, 2010
On October 8-9 members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Council (RAC) met in Singapore to discuss ministry strategy on the Asia-Pacific Region. RAC members from seven nations (Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Fiji, Philippines, Korea, and the U.S.) participated in the meeting along with the field strategy coordinators. The council received reports from six field strategy coordinators, the Korea and Japan districts, and the various ministry coordinators.   

In his annual report to the RAC, Regional Director Verne Ward stated: "As I travel across this region, I am observing that church plants are started when a person is empowered by the Lord to reach out to people around him or her. I believe we need to encourage all of our people to begin meeting with people for evangelism and discipleship. We need to equip these Nazarenes and allow God to do the unexpected in reaching people and families and communities."

In the course of discussing critical issues relevant to the expansion of the Church on the Asia-Pacific Region, a statement credited to St. Augustine but often quoted by John Wesley was highlighted: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." The Council was impressed with the importance of drafting a strategic statement that expressed the belief that while we are conservative in theology, we must be liberal in methodology. The following statement was subsequently approved by the Council:

Strategic statement on Making Christlike Disciples in the Nations
(From the Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Council, October 2010)

As people of God in the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition, we encourage an environment that gives freedom to discover fresh ways of being the Body of Christ in today's world.

We envision every believer empowered by the Spirit, equipped through the Church, and released into the world for ministry. 

We affirm a variety of missional expressions of Church within the core values (Christian, Holiness, Missional) of the Church of the Nazarene.

The Asia-Pacific Region is home to 2.4 billion people. The Church of the Nazarene on the Asia-Pacific Region reported a 4.1 percent net gain in full membership during the last year.
-- NCN News, Asia-Pacific Region

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