The “Brethren” assemblies has held the Biblical view that each local assembly is accountable to the Lord directly and not to any other earthly council. At the same time, as patterned in Paul’s letters, assemblies are to help each other and maintain unity among them. Without a coordinating team, combined activities tend to be disorganized.
The proposal for a Brethren Secretariat was made at the Assembly Leaders’ Conference held in July 1996 in HCC, Cameron Highlands. It drew all-round support. A pro-tem committee consisting of seven elders, namely, David Boler, Daniel Jevaraj, Yap Kok Keong, Wong San Tosh, Choo Chee Choy, Ong Hock Chye and Ong Cheng Leng was set up to pursue this matter. Christopher Leong was nominated as its secretary. The mandate of the Protem Committee was to deliberate on the details – the rationale, aims, and functions of the Secretariat that is to be set up. The Pro-tem Committee, with David Boler as the chairman, convened its first meeting on 2nd November 1996 to begin its task. The Brethren Leaders’ Conference held in Ipoh in July 1998 formally agreed to the setting up of the Secretariat with the Pro-tem Committee forming the 1st Committee of the Christian Brethren Secretariat of Malaysia. A paper entitled ‘CBSM-A Proposal for Greater Effectiveness’ was circulated among the assemblies on 24th Jan 2007. This proposal paper was formally accepted as A Working Charter for CBSM at ALC 2007.
Biblically functioning assemblies, large and small, growing dynamically throughout Malaysia, working and learning together in love and unity; encouraging one another in sharing the gospel and planting new assemblies for the honour and glory of their Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To collect and disseminate relevant information and news items among assemblies
- To maintain a comprehensive list of all Assemblies in the country
- To circulate information about special projects and programmes planned and carried out by the Assemblies
- To compile resource materials developed by different Assemblies
- To co-ordinate with various Brethren Agencies in coming up with a Master Calendar of all major Brethren events in the country
- To prepare a list of towns in which Assembly witness can be set up where none exists at present.
- To prepare and circulate a Pan-Malaysian Assembly newsletter
- To inform Assemblies of the availability of visiting preachers/teachers and plan, if so requested, the itinerary
- To organize conferences, seminars and plan the programmes of speakers especially invited by the Assembly Leaders’ Conference
- To help disseminate information of recognized Brethren Agencies if requested
- To maintain contact with Brethren Agencies like ‘Echoes of Service’ and similar brethren bodies around the world for mutual support and prayer
- To receive and circulate information regarding Government regulations, restrictions, requirements, etc. that affect our Assemblies
- To explore the setting up of a reconciliatory panel
- To conduct research on the life and ministries of the Assemblies
- To set up a Brethren Archive
CBSM is guided by its Charter. The management is in the hands of a committee called the Main Committee consisting of serving elders selected or elected as representatives from various States or regions. The chairman is elected from among the representatives by the elders present at the AGM held during the Elders’ Session at the ALC.
The Main Committee is accountable to the ALC elders. At the ALC, reports, paper and key proposals are presented and decisions taken for follow- through by the Main Committee.
Main Committee (2007 – 2009)
Chairman: Wong Sai Weng (The Life Chapel, PJ)
Dep. Chairman : Lee Kha Kooi ( Sg. Ara G.H, Pg)
Secretary : Lim Seok Hoay (Cheras G. C, K.L.)
Treasurer: Ng See Yen (Melawati G.C, K.L.)
Chew Sai Kee (Temerloh G.C, Pahang)
Teo Pek Bing (Sg. Nibong G.H, Penang)
Yap Kok Keong (Subang G.C, Selangor)
Federick Tan (Nilai G.C. N. Sembilan)
Tan Soon Hong (Teratai Mewah G.C, KL)
Tan Seng Kuan (Setapak G.Centre, KL)
Cheah Huck Leong (Bidor G.C, Perak)
Various Completed and On-going Projects and Plans
- Setting up of the Assembly Conciliatory Panel
- Setting up Sunday School References and Resources (through CBSM website and links)
- Setting up of Christian Brethren Educational Advisory Panel
- A project called ‘Declaration of Trust’ to safe-guard assembly properties
- Project Paul
- Projects that will bring assemblies and Brethren Agencies to work more closely together (ALC, AECWC, CBAC, CBSM office, Christian Brethren Agencies Reference Booklet)
- Publication of CBSM Magazine ‘Diakonia’
- Setting up of a well-equipped office to serve our assemblies and agencies better.
In 2011, CBSM became CBSM Trust, making it a legal entity to be more effective in legal matters such as receiving funds. CBSM Trust is governed by the CBSM Trust Deed with trustees representing different parts of Malaysia. The trustees are elected by the elders at Assembly Leaders Conference every 2 years.
Serving the assemblies in Malaysia