CCCOWE (Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelization) is an evangelistic movement from God. CCCOWE is neither a church nor a denomination, and it is also different from other para-church organizations; rather, it is a coordination centre having the role of "Servant, Prophet and Bridge," connecting churches and gospel organizations to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. CCCOWE Canada’s vision and mission are inseparable from three strategic focuses: intentional disciplemaking (cultivate), transformational change (innovate), and global mission (navigate). May the Canadian Chinese churches change together for Christ.
Since the 1970s, CCCOWE has been advocating “Chinese churches in one accord, proclaiming the gospel until Christ’s return” as the core essence for the world evangelization movement. As a result, CCCOWE Canada is serving more than 500 Chinese churches, seminaries and gospel organizations in Canada under this premise to jointly put the Great Commission into practice.
In terms of ministry activities, CCCOWE Canada has been partnering with local churches and connecting with local ministerial fellowship in various districts. According to the need of districts, CCCOWE Canada would hold consultations for strategic discussion including: church planting, gospel outreach, cross-cultural mission, senior ministry, church growth, worker recruitment, pastoral retreat, leaders interaction, next generation ministry, and church ministry model, etc. Based on these consultations, it’s important to exercise strategic planning for the development and continuous growth of the bi-literate tri-lingual churches in Canada, so as to lead more people to the Lord.
Forging future with tradition, CCCOWE Canada pledges to “cultivate, innovate, and navigate” amongst the Chinese churches, coupling with the role of “servant, prophet and bridge,” to accomplish the following two strategic ministry directions:
- Discipleship Driven Cross Cultural Mission
- Family Focused Next Generation Ministry
When the directors representing various district committees meet in Toronto, we would carry out in-depth evaluation of Chinese churches across Canada based on situation, development, change, pastor and model to formulate proper ministry approaches. Indeed, there are still lots of developmental challenges for the Chinese churches in Canada, which are also the challenges for CCCOWE Canada.
In 1974, at the Lausanne Congress hosted by the Billy Graham Crusade, about 70+ Chinese pastors were deeply moved and caught the vision of world evangelization. While it’s a challenge to unite the Chinese churches, it’s the time for Chinese Church to play a role in spreading the gospel to the ends of the world. As a result, the first Chinese Congress on World Evangelization (CCOWE) was held in Hong Kong in 1976 with the theme “Vision and Mission,’’ thus turning a new page for the Chinese churches to start a gospel movement. Subsequently, the Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism (CCCOWE), renamed to be Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelization in 2018, was established in Hong Kong to implement ministry plans already launched and set to organize CCOWE every five years. Since then, CCOWE had been organized nine times: Hong Kong (1976), Singapore (1981), Taiwan (1986), Manila (1991), Hong Kong (1996), Kuala Lumpur (2001), Macau (2006), Indonesia (2011), Taiwan (2016). And the next CCOWE will be held in Malaysia in 2021.
Since the 3rd CCOWE, because of the immense responsibility undertaken by CCCOWE, there is a strong need to have CCCOWE ministries rooted around the globe. Therefore in 1987, CCCOWE merged with North America Congress of Chinese Evangelicals (NACOCE), allowing regionalized ministries to take shape. At the 4th CCOWE, to further implement the concept of regionalization, CCCOWE began to encourage district committees to form its region and organize regional centre. This would allow a region to have its own strategic planning and ministry development. Through supplementary discussion, the district committees in both USA and Canada agreed unanimously to organize their own regional centre. Consequently, CCCOWE Canada was officially founded. At the beginning, there were only six district committees in Canada. But in 2018, according to the distribution of Chinese living in various big cities across Canada, the regional board of CCCOWE Canada approved to add two districts. Now the eight districts include: Canada West District (Vancouver), Canada Mid-North District (Edmonton), Canada Mid-South District (Calgary), Canada Mid District (Regina), Canada Mid-East District (Winnipeg), Canada East District (Toronto), Canada North-East District (Ottawa) and Canada East-East District (Montreal). Regarding the functional organization structure of CCCOWE Canada, please refer to the following diagram: