WCC general secretary highlights significance of Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
Church noted for its historic role in advancing democracy and civil rights. The celebration marking 150 years of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) was called a “significant and dramatic” part of church history in Asia by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
PC(USA), Taiwanese Presbyterians agree on renewed mission and ministry together. Historic relationship renewed after a 10-year hiatus.
Presbyterian World Mission stands with the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan in its declarations regarding the recent situation of unrest:
Press release: Condemn the State Violence - Pursue Justice and Peace
An Affirmation and Appeal concerning
the Students Public Demonstration against the illegal adoption
of the Service and Trade Pact with China
A Taiwanese aboriginal congregation's success story
Pastor Shin Liang Chen, former engineer and business manager, hit upon the idea of forming a cleaning company—which flourished, and so did the congregation
From a hunter in the central mountain area of Taiwan to hospital chaplain
Along the way Frank Chen has been moderator of Changhua Presbytery and chair of PCT's national Church and Society Committee
Rural Taiwanese church grows through engaging its community
Ju Dang Presbyterian Church has gone from being the poorest congregation in the presbytery to supporting a range of outreach initiatives
"Growing the church in Taiwan," in the Sept issue of Mission Crossroads
Indigenous theologians reflect on life, justice and peace in Taiwan
WCC conference in September 2012 at Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary draws 30 theologians from around the world. Founded in 1946 mainly to train indigenous pastors in Taiwan, Yu-Shan has been a place of interaction between Christian theology and indigenous traditions.
Protestant mission began in Taiwan 1865 with the arrival of the first missionary of the English Presbyterian Church in southern Taiwan, soon followed by a Canadian Presbyterian missionary in the northern Taiwan in 1872.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined these two Presbyterian groups to work with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan in 1949. Since that time, we have had a strong missionary presence in Taiwan working in areas of evangelism, tribal work with the aborigines, health care, university student ministry and theological education.
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan has doubled its members during the period of 1955-65. The aboriginal churches also increased rapidly at this time. Now 70 percent of the aboriginal people are professing Christians. As the largest Protestant denomination in the country, the Presbyterian Church has maintained a strong sense of social concern for the people in Taiwan and the future of Taiwan.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) works in Taiwan through mission personnel and partner church relationships.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission priorities include:
- Ministry to aboriginal people
- Peace, justice, security and self-determination
- Aboriginal student work
- Theological education and spiritual formation
- Ministry to foreign migrant workers
A current issue: The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan states that Taiwan should become independent country instead of remaining as part of Province of China Mainland. The position of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is that it relates to the churches in both China and Taiwan as our partners and promotes peace and reconciliation through dialogue.
Taiwan Partner Church
Taiwan Partner Institutions
Changhua Christian Hospital
Presbyterian Bible College
The Rainbow House works with other Christian and government agencies to assist young girls with leaving prostitution.
Tainan Theological College and Seminary
Taiwan Theological College and Seminary
Yu-Shan Theological College
At Yu-Shan Theological College approximately 100 young people from nine different tribes study in one of three departments—theology, Christian education, or music. About 300 Yu-Shan graduates serve the mountain churches of Taiwan today.
Learn more about Taiwan
Visit the BBC country profile.
See the 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 253, 255