|The Christian Fellowship Church of Việt Nam’s fifth congress is scheduled to run through November 23. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Khu|
HCM CITY — The Christian Fellowship Church of Việt Nam began its fifth congress at its headquarters in Thới Tam Thôn commune in HCM City’s Hóc Môn District yesterday.
Around 500 pastors, licensed ministers, followers and guests from 40 provinces and cities and representatives of foreign organisations are attending the congress.
At the congress, deputy head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Trần Tấn Hùng, instructed the church to ensure that its pastors and followers practise religion according to the Constitution and laws.
He hailed the church’s efforts in actively working with followers of other religions and compatriots throughout the country in hunger eradication, poverty reduction, charity work and other social activities.
He called on pastors and followers of the church to continue the acts of kindness to contribute to the cause of national construction and unity.
The four-day congress reviewed the church’s performance from 2015 to 2017, worked out orientations for the 2017–19 term, and elected a new executive board.
During the new term, the church will offer theological training courses and revise its charter.
The Christian Fellowship Church of Việt Nam was established in 1962 and received a certificate for religious practice from the Government Committee for Religious Affairs in 2007.
The church held its first congress in 2009. — VNS