When was the alliance formed?
The Alliance of Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches of Singapore (APCCS) was registered as a constitution on November 1, 2017. APCCS was officially launched on April 19, 2018.
Why was the alliance formed?
On Aug 3 2010, the Straits Times reported that there are about 700 churches in Singapore. The National Council of Churches (NCCS) currently represents about 250 churches in Singapore. That leaves a large 60+ percent of churches in Singapore that are not part of any official body to represent them or their needs as an individual church.
Through APCCS, many Pentecostal, Charismatic and Independent churches now have an official body that not only echoes our theological convictions but also provides a network of relationships where pastors from Pentecostal, Charismatic and Independent churches are able to connect with one another, seek assistance and find support.
How many churches are part of the alliance?
At the initial launch, we have 47 member churches. This includes all 44 Assemblies of God churches, and the founding Festival of Praise churches, which are Cornerstone Community Church, New Life Community Church and Petra Church.
Do churches have to resign from NCCS to be a part of APCCS?
No, they do not need to. Churches may choose to be members of both APCCS and NCCS should they feel the need to do so.
Is this segregation due to any unhappiness with NCCS?
APCCS is formed to complement the roles of NCCS in representing the interests and needs of churches in Singapore. While NCCS focuses on the needs of some 250 evangelical churches, APCCS will be the body that caters to the needs of the other Pentecostal, Charismatic and Independent churches. We believe that APCCS, together with NCCS, will strengthen the representation of the collective Church in Singapore.
There is hearsay that the APCCS is a political move, how and where does this place NCCS?
It is important to note that both NCCS and APCCS are not government bodies or political parties. Both are not advocates of any political parties. We are registered as a religious body to represent the churches that come under our umbrella. Our role is to present their needs and interact with the relevant authorities so that the network of churches can continue to be a blessing to the community at large. NCCS continues to be a representative for the 250 evangelical churches in Singapore. With the APCCS, we hope to have other churches that are yet to be represented to come under APCCS, so that together with NCCS, the overall church in Singapore will be represented on a national level.
What are the obligations and expectations of each member church to the alliance?
1. Contribute by active participation by being present at meetings such as AGM, combined prayer and equipping platforms.
2. Practice good governance.
3. Network with each other
4. Sharing of resources to build the body 5. Contribute financially