Category : Singapore

(CC) Philip Jenkins–Megachurches in Singapore

Over the past three years, a major church scandal has unfolded in the island state of Singa­pore (literally, the “Lion City”). The target of investigation is the mighty City Harvest mega­church, which claims more than 20,000 adherents. Found­ing pastor Kong Hee has been accused of diverting at least $20 million to support his wife’s pop music career. Several other church leaders have been implicated in alleged cover-ups.

At first sight such a scandal might seem unremarkable. Sadly, clergy on all continents sometimes fail to live up to their principles, and churches often lack accountability.

What is astonishing is the existence of megachurches in Singapore, and their enormous popularity. This fact challenges much of what we commonly think we know about the nature of Chris­tianity outside its traditional Euro-American heartlands. It also raises basic questions about the process of secularization….

Most of the usual explanations for Christian expansion in Asia fall flat in the case of Singapore.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Asia, Evangelicals, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Singapore, Theology, Urban/City Life and Issues

(Reuters) Singapore's megachurches move to export the propserity gospel

“God is here, God is here,” croons Singapore church official Sun Ho as she struts across a neon-lit stage and thousands of people in the congregation pump their hands and sing along.

Kong Hee, the church’s founding pastor and Sun Ho’s husband, then takes the stage. In keeping with the electrifying mood, he invites his followers to speak “in tongues” and a pulsing murmur echoes through the auditorium of 8,000 people.

During the service, ushers hand out envelopes for donations, which consume at least a tenth of the salaries of most church members, going to fund different ministries, mission trips and special events.

Welcome to one of Asia’s most profitable churches: Singapore’s City Harvest.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Singapore, Theology

(AP) Singapore church told to pay over adultery firing

Singapore’s government has ordered a prominent church to pay compensation to a former employee who was fired for alleged adultery, officials said last week.

The Faith Community Baptist Church has reportedly said it will abide by the order and pay the woman about $5,500 in salary and maternity benefits, but it insisted it was correct to dismiss her.

The woman, who handled administrative responsibilities for the church, filed a complaint to Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower after she was fired last September.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture, Singapore, Theology

Rennis Ponniah the new Anglican Bishop of Singapore.

Concurrently the vicar of St John’s-St Margaret’s Church in Dover Avenue, he will succeed Bishop John Chew, who steps down in October after 12 years at the helm.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Asia, Singapore, The Anglican Church in South East Asia

A Reminder of the Full Program Schedule for the Anglican South to South Encounter starting tomorrow

Check it out and you can find many other resources at [url=http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/roundup-of-south-to-south-resources/]Lent & Beyond[/url].

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Global South Churches & Primates, Global South to South Encounter 4 in Singapore April 2010, Singapore