The Reformed faith came to Asia in the 17th century with the Dutch in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Malay Peninsular and Taiwan. Later Scottish and English Presbyterians were traders, soldiers and members of mission societies and church missions in India, Malaya, Singapore and China. American Presbyterians were missionaries in India, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Australia Presbyterians had a mission in Korea and New Zealand Presbyterians have worked with the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship) and through their own mission board in Canton, Malaya, Singapore and Indonesia. From the early 19th century a common pattern was to combine itinerant evangelism and medicine with education and a commitment to the formation of independent national churches. In the 20th century comity sometimes lead to shared arrangements for theological education and participation in union churches, as in India, China, Japan and the Philippines. Migration and mission have seen the spread of Taiwanese and particularly Korean presbyterianism elsewhere in Asia and to many parts of the world. International networks include the Council for World Mission (formerly the London Missionary Society) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Ecumenical involvement has been a common but not a universal feature and sometimes an occasion for controversy.
A short history of this denomination with over 600,000 members in over 2000 parishes.
A short history of this denomination with over 340,000 members in over 250 parishes.
A history of this denomination in Korea.
An extensive history of the church, especially of the almost 100 separate Presbyterian denominations there.
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