35th General Assembly of Church of Christ in Thailand commences
The theme of the assembly, being held from 22-26 October, is “You are the light of the world,” based on Mathew 5:14.
More than 1,000 delegates from all over Thailand, as well as representatives of mission agencies and ecumenical organisations, are attending the assembly.
In a greeting delivered at the opening day of the assembly, the general secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) Dr Mathews George Chunakara stated, “The CCT has a unique place in CCA’s history as CCT’s accompaniment to found a fellowship of Asian churches had started from the time of the first initiative of Asian Church leaders, when the first consultation of Asian church leaders was held in Bangkok in 1949.”
“CCT’s support to CCA in various ways during the past 61 years demonstrates the significance of a special place for CCA in CCT’s history and vice versa. No other church in CCA membership and fellowship can claim such a unique privilege”, added Chunakara.
Chunakara further stated that the theme CCT had chosen for the was pertinent in the current Asian and global context.
“The message conveyed through this metaphor in the gospel of St Mathew teaches us something very significant and Jesus likens His disciples to be the light of the world. It is not only a great compliment but also a reminder about the enormous responsibility of all disciples”, the CCA general secretary said.
The history of the first Protestant Church mission in Thailand dates back to 1828 and subsequently, several Western mission agencies were involved in propagating the gospel in different parts of the country.
The CCT was founded in 1934 as a united church. The General Assembly meets once every two years and the election of the new leadership takes place once every four years.
The CCT is the only member church from Thailand of both the Christian Conference of Asia and the World Council of Churches.