TO BRING HOPE TO THE
COMMUNITY AND THE NATIONS
MAKING DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
Early in 1989, the vision of planting a church was conceived when a group of Wesleyans met regularly for bible study in Tampines. This vision resonated with the Trinity Annual Conference and in August 1989, ‘The Tampines Outreach Project’ (TOP) was birthed. In January 1991, the first Sunday service was conducted in St Georges Chapel. By November, ‘TOP’ was approved as a local church and was named Tampines Methodist Church with 42 adult members.
In 2001, after seeking the Lord for direction, the leaders renamed the church Living Hope Methodist Church (LHMC). The Church was blessed with a piece of land at Tampines Street 33 and upon the completion of the church building, the members of LHMC finally found their permanent home in December 2004.
Today LHMC has a membership of over 300, with two English and one Mandarin cum Hokkien worship service running every Sunday.
The mission of LHMC is to bring hope to the neighbouring community and the nations. We seek to bring hope to the community through our outreach to East Spring Primary School, St Luke’s Eldercare Changkat, Care Corner Tampines, Changi Prison, as well as through praying for the sick. We are working with Methodist Missions Society to bring hope to Song Roi Phee Methodist Centre, an outreach work just outside Bangkok, Thailand.
Our vision is that God be glorified through the discipleship of our members and friends. This takes place especially through our cell groups. There they hear God’s call to know and to follow Christ and go forth with a strong and steadfast conviction to show His love to one another and to others as we bear fruit for Christ.
It is within each individual cell group that pastoral care, nurture and mentoring is possible. There authentic relationships can be built so that each and every disciple is transformed to become more and more like Christ. LHMC is thus positioned as a Disciple Making Cell Church.
The vision of Discipleship through cell groups is seen through the cycle of the 4 G’s:
- Gather – to bring new people in and to integrate them into the church through cell groups.
- Ground – to establish a sure foundation in the teaching of the word of God.
- Grow – to grow up as a body in spiritual maturity into Christ, by equipping cell members with ministry skills to lead and minister to others as “a royal priesthood” (1Peter 2:9).
- Go – to be empowered in multiplication as disciples discipling other disciples.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 NIV.
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20, NIV
Rev Ivan Tan, OSL