The Declaration of Taiwan Youth Convention, TKC’s fiftieth jubilee,
1999, PCT Youth Ministry Committee held Youth Convention with the theme: “Rejoice
in Hope, Walk with God”, in the hope of building a vision of unification on youth
mission. 21 mission groups provided the participants directions of future evangelism.
After the three-day seminar, we came up with the following declaration:
Churches in Taiwan have transformed from "A church of the poor "into"
A church of the middle class", selfish departmentalism has made the wealth
inequality issue worse among churches. When facing the youths’ needs for spiritual
life and value guidance, we seem to be powerless and even turn a blind eye to those
needs. Due to the churches’ indifferent attitude toward youth ministry, the voice
of youths is easy to be ignored in churches. Here we appeal that the pastors shall
take youth’s needs seriously. And we youths should make more efforts in pursuing
the faith, believing in the value constructed by Christ Jesus and practice our faith
1.Taiwan is now suffering from uneven wealth distribution, moral bankruptcy, environmental
degradation and utilitarianism; therefore, we youths should be salt of the earth,
light of the world to reform the society together. Taiwan is now facing the international
isolation and threats from China; thus, we, the Taiwanese youths shall consistently
strive for Taiwan Independence.
2.We are willing to carry out the deeds of love from Jesus Christ, and combine our
power and professional resources to practice the faith; also, we pray altogether
that God’s kingdom comes, vulnerable groups enjoy love and care, and the calling
for evangelization with love and suffering be fulfilled.
3.We are willing to fulfill our life with faith, love, joy and hope, so that we
can stand as a witness of God and bring people to Christ.
4.We are willing to draw near to God, read Bible, and pray for vulnerable groups
and the future of our society in Taiwan.
5.We are willing to bear the fruit of justice, loving kindness and integrity to
walk with God.
6.We are willing to dedicate ourselves to care for Taiwan, fight for our homeland,
relearn Taiwanese history and our current situations, and participate actively in
the future of Taiwan.
7.We are willing to respect different cultures and traditions, promote the mother
tongues in every group actively, and interact keenly with various ethnics.
8.We are willing to lead a simple life, take the responsibilities for guarding our
land, abandon the life-style of over-consumption and pursue economy justice.
9.We are willing to cherish the body that God has given to us so that we can work
for God with better efficiency.
10.We are willing to see churches fulfill the spirit of unification, break the barrier
of bias, discard selfish departmentalism, and share sorrow and resources in God.
Again, we appeal for dismiss of The Northern Synod to fulfill PCT youths expectation
of unification for 50 years; also, we appeal the unification of the four Theological
Colleges and Seminaries to help improve the integration of education resources.
11.We are willing to actively take part in the reconstruction of the indigenous
culture and respond the vulnerable group’s issues of cultural decline, economic
downturn and land problem in the aspect of faith.
12.We are willing to learn to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus to reform the
rotten election culture in church and society.
13.We are willing to put more efforts on theology, faith, and music and glorify
the Lord with our musical service.
14.We are willing to take part in ecumenical movement, promote the dialogue among
churches, and seek for the unification in faith.
15.We appeal that the church youths in Taiwan shall take the problems of our society,
church and youth seriously. We should take sustained daily reflection based on the
teaching from Bible, and repent before God. We pray to God for wisdom and ability
so that in the future, we can fulfill the 21 missions of the ministry fields we
have discussed. We pray for the help of the Holy Spirit so that we can learn to
devote ourselves and be the conciseness and hope of Church in Taiwan.
“So then, my brothers, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer
yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to
him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to
the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change
of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God--what is good and is
pleasing to him and is perfect.”(Romans 12:1-2, TEV)
1999, July, 24th