Living Hope Methodist Church
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 January1991, 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 an average congregation of over 300, with an English and a Hokkien cum Mandarin worship service running concurrently at 9am every Sunday.
The mission of LHMC is to bring hope to the community and nations. We seek to bring hope to the community through outreach to East Spring Primary School, St. Luke’s Eldercare Changkat and to Changi Prison; through Block Adoption around the church and through praying for the sick.
Our vision is that God be glorified through discipleship; that from cell groups, the call to know and to follow Christ will go forth with a strong and steadfast conviction, and that the call will be one in which we show His love to others as we bear fruit for Christ.
It is also within each individual cell group that pastoral care, nurture and mentoring is possible in transforming each and every disciple.
LHMC is thus positioned as a Disciple Making Cell Church.
The vision of Discipleship through cells groups is seen through the cycle of the 4 Gs:-
- 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; to equip members within the body with ministry skills to lead and minister as “a royal priesthood” (1Peter 2:9).
- Go – to be empowered in multiplication as disciples discipling disciples.
In being a Discipleship Making Cell Church, the outcome is the working out of Living Hope Methodist Church as a Great Commission Church.
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8 ESV.
‘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
Living Hope Methodist Church