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00014 00028I recently attended the Global Discipleship Congress in Manila (May 22-25) and had a wonderful experience. Below is a note from Pastor Edmund Chan, a new friend whom I really enjoy spending time with. He has a passion for discipleship and I wanted to share with you his heartbeat.

I also wanted to share a brief testimony about my time at the event. I was invited to speak at a workshop for the Congress on "Pastors Reproducing Disciple-Making Leaders" along with Craig Parro from Leadership Resources International. We were thoroughly shocked at how many came to the workshop given the time of day (dinner hour) and the typical numbers that might attend a workshop (we thought 25-50 max). Here's my note of encouragement:

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating and sharing at GDC 2013. Seeing that many (7,000+) enthusiastic people rallying around discipleship was powerful. What a surprise to have around 1,000 of them come to our workshop on 'Reproducing Disciple-Making Leaders'! I pray and believe that this event will be a great catalyst toward discipleship world-wide."

Reproducing Disciple-Making Leaders is key to the growth of the Church today and that is why Asian Access puts such a high priority on this core outcome of our ministry.

Highlights from the Congress can be found here: The highlights of GDC is accessible on YouTube

Takes time to read the note from Pastor Edmund Chan below… Enjoy

Joe Handley


By Edmund Chan
Leadership-Mentor, CEFC
Founder, IDMC Global Alliance

The Global Discipleship Congress (GDC 2013) hosted in Manila from 22-25 May 2013 was a resounding success on many counts.

Gathering over 7000 delegates from 61 nations, we heard deep and challenging messages from the likes of Ravi Zacharias, Robert Coleman, Luis Bush, Peter Tan-Chi, Randy Pope and Bill Lawrence and others. 

A mega-church senior pastor appreciatively said that this was indeed a “top world-class Congress”. Sam Hershey, senior leader of the Navigators, said in a recent email: "I have personally never attended a large event, or any church or organizational conference, that has been more refreshing in all my life." 

We also heard from the Chief Justice of the Philippines and the President of the Philippines, as they shared their faith and aspirations respectively with the appreciative delegates. We had a wonderful time praying for these distinguished country leaders.

A total of US$192,000  was raised through the IDMC Global Alliance partners to support 250  third-world leaders to attend the conference.

A number of delegates have told me personally that it was a “life-changing” congress for them. Some benefitted from the challenge to walk closer to God; while others said that they would no longer look at church ministry the same ever again, and would put  intentional disciplemaking as a core mission of the local church!

Most of all, my answered prayer has been two-fold.

The first is the miraculous completion of the mega-building to host GDC 2013 (just two Sundays before GDC!) when building experts had declared it as “impossible”.

And second, the mutual (and sincere!) love, honour and appreciation that our Singapore and Philippines co-labourers had for one another!

Never before in the history of the Church has there been a story of two churches, in two countries, with two distinct cultures serving together as one to host a global conference for the body of Christ on Discipleship in the Local Church… and do so with such mutual love, joy and esteem for each other!

A moving sight was the thunderous standing-ovation from the delegates as the volunteers were called forward and acknowledged. About 1600 keen and ready volunteers were mobilized!


What’s After GDC?

The core mission of the Church is disciplemaking. The IDMC Global Alliance will continue to champion this vision. The need is great. All over the world, the modern church is struggling to reproduce disciples of spiritual depth, yet too little is being done about it. We will continue to wave the DISCIPLESHIP flag and “raise up the age-old foundations” (Isa 58:12).

Until the Lord unmistakably leads towards another GDC, we would be focusing our attention in building our church in Singapore, Covenant EFC, as an intentional disciplemaking church (IDMC) that would bless the Body of Christ at large. Also, Ann and I (through the IDMC Global Alliance) would be strategically engaged in regional, national or city-wide Discipleship Conferences, leadership consultations and equipping.

Our next major conference is the IDMC Conference from 5-7 September 2013 in Singapore. The theme is “Starting Over: Rediscovering Discipleship As A Redemptive Journey”. Over 2500 have already signed up for this conference! More information and online registration are available at

Pray for us. We need a discipled Church to have a transformed world!

Pastor Edmund Chan



For more information on IDMC Global Alliance, please contact:

Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
c/o Covenant Evangelical Free Church
167 Jalan Bukit Merah Tower 5, #17-10
Singapore 150167
(Tel) (65) 6892-6811
(Fax) (65) 6892-1502
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