“Loving People Fervently”
In 1989, Kong Hee felt the call of God to enter into full-time Christian service. Kong had, by then, graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore and was working for a publishing house.
Having held several small, but successful, evangelistic campaigns in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, Kong wanted to become an itinerant evangelist to assist the churches in Southeast Asia.
In April that year he left the Anglican church he was attending since he was a child and set out to become a staff evangelist with “Christ for Asia,” a Singapore-based missions organization.
After leaving his local congregation and embarking on a walk of faith in the mission field, a group of young people to whom Kong had previously ministered gathered around him.
They wanted him to be their shepherd, to pastor and lead them. With the support and encouragement of numerous senior pastors in the city, Kong decided to pioneer a new work, and hence, put aside his desire of becoming a traveling minister.
Today, City Harvest Church has more than 24,000 attendees in its weekend services and is still steadily growing. Locally the church has 36 ministries where its members can actively volunteer.
Overseas, CHC has 31 affiliate churches and Bible schools in the Far East. The Malaysian Harvest Fellowship Kong co-founded has another 20 affiliate churches in East and West Malaysia.
In 2001, CHC built a 2,300-seater, titanium-clad church complex in Jurong West Street 91 for S$48,000,000. Apart from that, it has offices and schools in five different locations. It also owns another plot of land at Jurong West Street 74 that is earmarked for another church building.
CHC is effectively a multi-site church with worship services at multiple sites, conducted at various times. Its main English language services are held every Saturday and Sunday at the 8,100-seater Singapore Expo Hall 8.
Kong is known throughout Asia as a dynamic speaker, communicating the message of faith in a very relevant and contemporary way. He has a strong vision to train 21st century leaders who would plant strong local churches everywhere in Asia.
Each week, his half-hour television program “Harvest Time” is broadcasted many times in 145 countries through 12 television networks.
Effective from 1 November 2005, Kong has asked to be taken off the church payroll indefinitely. He is now officially a pastor strictly on an honorary and volunteer basis. These days, he travels around the world as an entrepreneur, educator and conference speaker.