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Australia and Pacific

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia (CMCA)

Contact: Bishop Milton PK Nee
Other 1219 Dandenong Road Malvern East Victoria 3145 AustraliaWork Phone: 61 3 9994 7250Work Phone: 61 457 068 108
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Chinese Methodist Church in Australia (CMCA) could trace its root back to the Methodist
Church in Malaysia and Singapore. The Methodist Church in Singapore and the Methodist
Church in Malaysia was established because of the Methodist missionary movement during the later part of the 19th century. The Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia, in particular, was aware of its missionary obligations. At times in Australia, many migrants who could only speak their mother tongue found it challenging to fit into the Australian churches. Hence, missionaries from East Malaysia were sent to Australia to minister to such migrants. As the numbers grew, more preaching centres and churches were established.

CMCA had the first Mission Conference in Nov 1994, in Brisbane. Six years later, in the Conference held in November 1999 in Perth, CMCA was incorporated as a Provisional Annual Conference. There were three districts (East, West, South) with a district superintendent each to oversee the ministries’ districts. In November 2002, CMCA became a full Annual Conference after achieving membership of 10 elders in the Conference.

As of 2023, CMCA has 25 local churches or preaching centers (11 English-speaking congregations and 24 Mandarin-speaking congregations) in all the major cities across Australia except in Northern Territories. CMCA is a sister conference to the Chinese Methodist Church in New Zealand Provisional
Conference. CMCA also oversees the Mission Conference in Papua New Guinea and the mission field in Solomon Island.

The present bishop is Bishop Milton PK Nee, and the Conference lay leader is Thomas Ling.