The district superintendent minister in Sabah for the Assemblies of God, the Revd Dr Chan Nam Chen, has been chosen to lead the mission agency Asia-CMS, the regional partner organisation of the Church Mission Society (CMS). The Anglican mission agency CMS has a strong legacy of evangelism, church planting, mission schools and hospitals across Asia and Africa; and while the original UK-based organisation is still active in sending mission partners overseas; it is now committed “to seeing indigenous CMS missions established globally – enabling local mission leaders to follow God’s leading.” Asia-CMS was established in 2012 as an autonomous mission movement.
Dr Chan was chosen “after several rounds of dialogue during a global search and selection process that lasted for almost four months,” CMS said. “The Asia-CMS board has discerned that Dr Chan demonstrates the competency, experience and character required for the office and has unanimously voted to call Dr Chan to the position. He will take office in his new role from 1 January 2018.”
Dr Chan is originally from Malaysia and is currently the district superintendent of Sabah – the north-eastern corner of Borneo – for the Assemblies of God, Malaysia. In 2016, he obtained a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in the USA, focusing on intercultural leadership effectiveness.
“The critical role for Asia-CMS is to help facilitate and forge mutual partnerships between the different parts of the church, partnerships that are less about ‘how may we help you?’ but more of ‘how can we do it together?’”, Dr Chan said.
A renowned speaker in the region, Dr Chan is passionate about raising up leaders in mission. He is convinced that mission in Asia requires the crossing of all types of boundaries, not merely those of geography and ethnicity.
“We are delighted to hear of Dr Chan’s appointment,” the Revd Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of the Church Mission Society, said. “He brings a wealth of practical experience in cross-cultural mission, has reflected deeply upon that, and has a passion for developing effective leaders in mission.
“This is a very good fit for us in Church Mission Society. We look forward to increasingly close co-operation in mission between our two sister organisations as we press forward together in the work of the kingdom of God.”