Evangelical Churches of Vietnam
President: Rev. Cu Vinh Phan
The gospel was spreading to Vietnam since 1911. During this length of 106 years, the Vietnamese Churches has been developing in different situations of opportunities and difficulties. All though that is the long history of God’s Work for our people. Now, we are praising God’s grace when we see the spreading of our Churches in the 34 provinces in Vietnam.
THE GENERAL SITUATION
On November 2013, there was the 46th General Conference of the ECVN and the Management Board was elected with new term (2013-2017). Each one of the responsible Committees has been properly performing its planning’s.
Every province has his own Representative Team to cooperate with the local churches and in general the church activities are stable and the churches are increasing in numbers. In some provinces, the church has difficulties in activities and express her faith, and headquarters is in contact with the government to solve the problems and to defend our local churches.
We praise God for having many worshipping places, sub-churches and local churches that were recognized by the government. New chapels, church buildings were built to make the beautiful sight for believers to gather in weekly services and to worship our Lord.
IN THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FIELD
1. Training for Pastors
We have different areas to train our Pastors and Christian workers:
a/ the Institute of Bible and Theology: is teaching the students for bachelor degree. Every 2 years, the government allows our Churches to have 100 students. Re-established since 2003, till now we have 350 students and most of them become Pastors ministering a church.
b/ Training classes for Deacons and Christian workers. We have short seminaries at 30 provinces such as: Fundamental Bible classes, Teachers of Sunday school, how to organize and minister a church, Church’s Deacons.
2. Printing and spreading the Christian books for our members in 34 provinces and for the Vietnamese in foreign countries.
IN THE EVANGELIST & MISSION FIELD
Our Mission Committee have organized an Evangelist Team in every province. The spirit of Evangelism through the teaching and vision from Headquarters has been reaching the local churches. Although there is difficult to evangelize but the believers are relying on Christ to perform many ways to evangelize (in the church, at home andpersonal witnessing). So, only in 2013, there are encouraging results as above.
IN THE YOUTH MINISTRY FIELD
Our Youth Committee have great challenge to meet the spiritual need and to attract the Young members to stick with the church, help them to meet Christ personally, to grow in faith and to serve our Lord with commitment. Depending on the age and cultural education (childhood, teenager, youth or student) we have the plans to properly feed them such as Summer Bible classes, Bible study group, Training for youth leaders, conference about the career, Ministry of sport for the Youth, Bible class for small group, Helping the youth to pass the competition to be admitted in universities, Scholarship for students and pupils.
IN THE MINISTRY FOR WOMEN
Most of our congregation are women. Our Committee for Women have many activities such as: Feeding by God’s word for women, Bible study group about special subjects such as; the second coming of Christ; the Priscilla projects; helping the leprous; Defending the seed of life; Helping the misguided women. The activities of this Committee was aiming to the Christian women in their family, to serve our Lord and our people.
IN THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL AND MEDICAL CARE
To express God’s love for the people and to use this ministry as the way for the evangelism for the society, our Committee has many activities such as:
– Support the victims of storms in Philippines about 150.000 USD
– Building house of love for the needy: 347 houses (2009-2013)
– Gratuity medical care about 21.500 USD
– Providing wells of pure water: 224 wells (2009-2013)
– Providing water tanks: 453 tanks (2009-2013)
– Providing medicine chests for the churches and worshipping places: 355 units (2009-2013)
– Teaching the illiterate: 116 persons
THE STATISTICS (2015)
Total Organized Churches
Total Unorganized Churches & Church Planting
Total Inclusive Membership
Licensed Ministers (Unordained)
Missionaries / International Workers
Number of Bible Colleges & Seminaries
Number of TEE (Extension) Programs
Total Residential Students
Total TEE Program’s Students
Total of autotrophic churches
New baptized believers
Total of Pastors
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ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND PRAYER ITEMS
– Meeting the spiritual need of the Youth
– Planning and developing new churches
– Ministry of evangelism and establishing faith for the Vietnamese in foreign countries.