HKCCCC is the abbreviation of the Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China. We are one of the founding members of CWM in 1977 as well as presently the only member church of CWM in Hong Kong.
A Centennial Movement of Church Unity
Background: In the 19th and early 20th Century, China was suffering from Imperialism and Colonialism, particularly that from the West. Christianity was accused of being an instrument of this Imperialism and Colonialism. Church leaders in China jointly advocated the movements of unity, indigenization, and Three-Self: Self-Governing, Self-Supporting and Self-Propagating. In 1918 in Nanjing, China, The Presbyterian Church in China invited representatives from The Congregational Church and LMS to discuss the agenda of unity. In 1919 January 10-14, delegates from The Presbyterian Church, The Congregational Church and LMS with the representatives from the British Baptist Church and the Quakers met also in Nanjing to discuss the draft of a United Christian Church in China. In 1927 the First Assembly of The Church of Christ in China was officially convened.
Structure of The Church of Christ in China: National Assembly, Provincial Synods, District Councils, Local Churches.
Founding Churches of The Church of Christ in China (CCC): The Presbyterians, The Congregationals, LMS, The British Baptist, The United Brethren, The Swedish Missions, The Berliner Missions
Establishment of the HKCCCC
1949 – The People’s Republic of China was founded.
1950 – Missionaries were forced to leave China.
1954 – CCC local churches in Hong Kong had to separate from the Guongdong Synod. Hence, the Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China (HKCCCC) was registered as an independent Church body in Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong is a city, the churches of CCC in Hong Kong and Macau comprised the church body known as Hong Kong Council.
Confession of Faith and Principles of Union of HKCCCC
1) In our faith in Jesus Christ as our Redeemer and Lord upon whom the Christian Church is founded, and an earnest desire for the establishment of His Kingdom throughout the whole earth; 2) In our acceptance of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the divinely-inspired word of God and the supreme authority in matters of faith and duty; 3) In our acknowledgement of the Apostles’ Creed as expressing the fundamental doctrines of our common evangelical faith , which faith has been the heritage and strength of the Christian Church through all its history.
Principles of Union of HKCCCC
1) Support the Unity Movement, 2) Emphasize on Democratic Participation, 3) Advance Three- Self Principles, 4) Believe in Equal Rights of Genders, 5) Practice the Principles of “Mutual Respect, Trust and Sharing”.
Membership of HKCCCC
In 2016 HKCCCC has a total baptized membership of 36,000; 74 local churches; over 38,000 students enrolled in 80 schools and 10 several service units serving around 100,000 people per year.
Principles of Mission Strategy
1) Following the mission statement of Jesus Christ: Preach the good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord; 2) Serving God and serving the people: sharing God’s love to the communities in Hong Kong and Mainland China; 3) Doing God’s mission in partnership with others; 4) Equipping every local church to be a missional congregation.
New Initiatives in Capacity Development and Mission Programme Capacity Development: Building Life-Affirming Communities (since 2014) There are 80 schools under HKCCCC with over 38,000 students enrolled. Under the education vision: 「Together we nurture fullness of life, hand in hand we witness the love of Christ」, HKCCCC has been given the task of addressing these community issues by serving at least 40,000 families through their schools. Through the ministry for Building Life-Affirming Communities, people can receive the promise of the fullness of life from God.
There are 22 HKCCCC churches which have been carrying out the project on the campuses of 12 secondary schools and 10 primary schools respectively. To implement the ministry of the project, ministers and members of the churches have to be trained by taking courses and attending seminars.
A story: She accompanied me to go through a time of challenge
(The testimony of a high school student)
“Five years ago I joined this school as a secondary 1 student. Today is the day when my public examination results will determine whether I can continue my senior secondary study in this school or not. I hope I can because I love this school. The class is silently waiting for the announcement of results. “This year, we have 30 students who are qualified to continue their senior secondary study.” The vice-principal announces, “And the names are….” Ms Chou, my class teacher who has been my teacher for the last 5 years, is sitting with me. When other names have been called except mine, I become anxious and worried. Finally, I am disappointed because I am not one of the 30. Tears are coming out from my eyes. I am lost. Ms Chou is with me, holding my hands to comfort me. “Why don’t you try to apply for a waiting list place and request for an interview?” Ms Chou encourages me. With this encouragement, I submit an application for an interview. Ms Chou accompanies me while I am waiting for a chance of an interview. During the time of waiting, I recall my memories of the last 5 years of school time. Ms Chou has been taking care of my study, my family problem and my personal growth. She is my spiritual mother, nurturing me to become a good Christian. Thank God for giving me such a good guardian.” (Finally this female student is admitted to continue her senior secondary school study.)
MSP4: A Compassionate Church for Others (2017-2020)
The Program for MSP4 is an initiative which in the long-term, will be a permanent strategy to enable all HKCCCC churches to become missional congregations. The Program is to facilitate 18 churches to acknowledge this vision and mission to engage with the unreached communities and be inclusive to receive those who are marginalized. The following four groups are its targeted communities: 1) People with partial disabilities – deaf and dumb, physically or mentally disabled; 2) Fisher families; 3) Youth from the grassroots; 4) Children from the underprivileged communities: new arrivals and single parent families.
After this successive way of promoting “A Compassionate Church for Others” for three years, it is expected that the program will have facilitated at least eighteen HKCCCC local churches and/or with schools to recognize their core mandate of mission as “A Compassionate Church for Others”. These eighteen churches will bring good news to the marginalized groups in their communities by proclamation and caring. It is expected that at least 500 families and 1,500 individuals will benefit in three years. The churches involved will continue to mobilize other HKCCCC churches to acknowledge the same vision on out-reaching and being compassionate to others in order to facilitate the sustainability of this initiative.