貝城華人基督教會


Brief History 教會簡史

The predecessor of Chinese Christian Church of Baton Rouge (CCCBR) was a campus Bible study group. It met regularly on Friday night as early as 1979, and became more organized with elected coworkers in 1980. Beginning in 1983, monthly Sunday worship services were held in addition to the Bible Studies. In 1985, we formed a non-profit organization, Chinese Christian Fellowship of Baton Rouge, and registered with the government. The church was formally founded in March, 1986. In August of that year Rev. James Tien joined the church and became the first pastor. During his tenure, the congregation continued to grow, and a need of a larger meeting place arose. We purchased the building at the current location in September 1990. Rev. Tien retired in 1993. Afterwards, Rev. James Chen (1993 - 1999), Rev. K.C. Chen (2000 - 2014) and Steve Hsia (2014 - ) successively served as the church pastor: all three of them were one time laymen of the church, and later became full-time ministers through God’s grace.
When the church was first founded, church members were mainly Chinese from Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Southeast Asian countries. The main focus of church ministry was to evangelize among Chinese students and scholars in LSU and other nearby campuses. With time, both the composition and the ministry of the church became diversified. Currently, about two-thirds of the Chinese congregation of the church consists of Chinese from the mainland, with the remaining one third from Taiwan and elsewhere. Evangelizing among campus students and scholars is still an important ministry, but we also use various means to reach out to an increasingly larger Chinese population in the community. As we spread the Gospel and build up believers, many ministries, such as worship, discipleship, missions, fellowship, children and youth ministries, have all grown over the years.

本教會起始於1979年,由數位信徒開始了每週五晚上的查經聚會。在1980年成立了校園查經班,並組成了同工會,1983年開始了每月一次的主日崇拜。1986年三月正式成立教會,定名為「貝城華人基督教會」,同年八月田雅各牧師就任本教會第一任牧師。在田牧師牧會期間,因教會增長,需要更大的場地,在1990年九月蒙神所賜,本教會順利購得屬於自己的教堂。1993年田牧師退休,之後分由陳興福牧師(1993-1999)、陳國志牧師(2000-2014)、及夏宇明牧師(2014開始)擔任牧養的工作。最近三任教會牧者原來都是本教會平信徒,後來經由神的恩典而負起全職牧會的責任。
教會初期時的會友大多是來自於臺灣、香港及東南亞其它國家。那時教會主要事工是向LSU及附近其它大學的中國學生傳福音。經過多年,教會的成員及事工都變得多元化。如今,中文堂會眾約有三分之二來自中國大陸,其餘則來自臺灣等地。校園傳福音仍是教會重要事工,但同時對社區中越來越多的華人,我們也用不同的管道來聯繫接觸,讓更多的人認識福音同蒙福音的好處。教會對外傳福音,對內造就信徒,在崇拜、門徒訓練、差傳、團契、兒童及青少年事工均逐漸成長。