Short introduction to CLCN
In 1963, Madam Kong Duan Yee, an ex-movie star turned evangelist held a series of revival meetings in Singapore and throughout West Malaysia. The Holy Spirit moved mightily and many people were touched by her ministry. Among these were many church leaders who subsequently continued in fellowship and working together in the strengthening of the new converts and members of their various churches.
Church of Singapore was formed under the leadership of Bro Huang Jen Shen, Bro Cheng Kai Ho and Bro Goh Ewe Kheng. Over the years, four sister churches were established COS (Balestier) in 1979, COS (Bukit Timah) in 1981, COS (Woodlands) in 1987 and COS (Harvest) in 1996.
Over in Malaysia, those leaders that came under the influence of Madam Kong’s ministry also maintained their close ties through and continued to provide guidance and assistance to churches under their leadership. These included Full Gospel Church Johor Bahru, Church of Sitiawan, Full Gospel Church Ipoh and Charismatic Church of Penang. Many other sister churches continued to be brought forth including Subang Christian Fellowship, Full Gospel Church Ayer Tawar and Amazing Grace Christian Assembly.
Thus, the bonds of love and unity that existed among these churches, undergirded by the strong and personal relationships among the leadership, saw these churches through the pains of trials and subsequent victory and growth over four decades.
In 2002, it was felt that the time has come to form a body to connect and synergise the growing bonds and to pass on the heritage to the next generation. Charismatic Local Church Network (CLCN) was formed and serves as the platform to build on this marvellous history of mutual encouragement and edification. Currently, co-operation exists among member churches in various ministries such as pastoral care, missions, worship, youth, children, young working adults and Christian education.
Since its inception, the leaders of CLCN have met together for fellowship and strategising on five different occasions at CLCN Connect. In 2006, the first Combined Churches Camp was held in Port Dickson. This was followed by the CLCN Leaders Prayer Retreat in 2009. This year will see the inaugural CLCN Sports day which will be held in Johor Bahru on 19 March, another milestone in fostering our ever-growing fellowship and network.