Rev Ling Kin Yew, from Fairfield Methodist Church, speaking at the annual ecumenical Easter lunch.

By Jared Ng

What is the greatest pastoral challenge in your ministry?

Pastors and pastoral staff from various Christian traditions were invited to share on this topic during the annual ecumenical Easter lunch.

Rev James Nagulan Poona Sami, from the Tamil Methodist Church, said his greatest challenge is helping migrants whom he works with daily.

“We are limited in how we can help them because of changing policies” and also of them not being able to continue working here for various reasons.

It is a struggle sometimes to cater to them and we need prayers, he said during the lunch held at CANA The Catholic Centre on April 23. It was the fifth such event organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED).

Rev Martin Yee, from the Lutheran Church in Singapore, said one challenge is avoiding misinformation when promoting ecumenism.

Young people today no longer believe in the faith, they are not convinced of Christ’s resurrection, shared Rev Aniyan K. Paul, from the CSI Immanuel Congregation (Singapore).

“Certainly it is a challenge today in reaching out and connecting with the young people,” he said.

Elder Richard Chong, from the National Council of Churches of Singapore, said that he felt unity among the various
Christian traditions was still lacking because leaders have “different views and agendas.”

He urged greater prayer, collaboration and understanding between Christian traditions to foster greater unity.

Rev Martin Yee, from the Lutheran Church in Singapore, said one challenge he faces is avoiding misinformation when promoting ecumenism.

There is still a lack of understanding of the ecumenical movement, he noted. There are people who still question the signing of the joint statement between the Catholic and Lutheran Churches during the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, he added.


Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sr Veronica de Roza highlighted the lack of vocations in the Catholic Church.

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sr Veronica de Roza highlighted the lack of vocations in the Catholic Church and the subsequent challenge of managing resources in her Religious congregation.

There is a struggle to “properly utilise resources such as land, personnel and finances ... the elderly Sisters also need to be cared for,” she said.

After the sharings, participants proceeded to Crossings Cafe to enjoy lunch and fellowship with one another. 


Christian representatives having fellowship at Crossings Cafe.

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