New Partnership Agreement Signed
The Lutheran Church in Malaysia signed a partnership agreement with the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on 28 May 2016. This was a milestone in the relationship between the ELCA and the LCM which reaches back to the founding years of the LCM in the 1950s.
The Agreement basically acknowledged the long relationship of the LCM and the ELCA from the time of the early missionaries sent by the ULCA (one of the predecessor bodies of the ELCA) in the 1950s in response to the call for ministry among the New Villages in the then Malaya.
The Agreement looks forward to cooperation and partnership between both churches in order to mutually strengthen both churches for life and mission within the body of Christ. The Agreement specifically looks forward to accomplishing this through prayer, study, communication and the exchange of people and resources.
Specifically, the two churches look forward to:
Sharing and empowering youth and young adults;
Learn about outreach and evangelism in each other’s context;
Learn from each other’s worship experiences and share liturgies; Pray for each other;
Write and share each other’s bible studies and devotions;
Share with each other methods of enhancing spiritual life, pastoral care, and community building; Participate in exchange pro-grammes and visits;
Learn about each other as churches and members.
The signatories of the Agreement were the Rev. Julian Gordy, Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod, the Rev. Aaron Yap, Bishop, Lutheran Church in Malaysia, the Rev. Ruth Hamilton, Secretary, ELCA Southeastern Synod, and the Rev. Thomas Low, Secretary, Lutheran Church in Malaysia.