Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

117. Gratitude Journal

Psychology researchers endorse writing a “gratitude journal” because it has been shown to improve mental health and overall level of happiness in those who practice it. Usually what they recommend people to do is write 5 things that they are grateful for so I would like to do that here for this year. 1. Deepened Relationship With God During my prayer time, there were times where I felt I was deeply connecting with God but there were also many times…

116. Not A Department, But A Congregation

Korean immigrant churches are usually organized this way: KM (Korean Ministry) and EM (English Ministry). A big issue among immigrant Korean churches has been EM. Just as the name implies, it is often treated as one of the departments in the Korean church, a subsidiary of KM. However, if a church is organized this way, EM often wants independence or stops growing. If EM grows, its members pursue independence and end up breaking the relationship with KM and leave. Even…

115. To Create A House Church That People Want To Come / Pastor Chai

Many pastors and lay-leaders who attend house church seminar find it burdensome that house church has to meet every week. They are pretty convinced that house church is not a small group but a “church”. So meeting every week is somewhat understandable to them. However, the real burden comes from persuading church members who are used to meeting every other week or every month for their small groups or cell groups. However, as long as sharing time goes well during…

New Family Class (14)

Congratulations to Emily Choi on successfully completing the New Family Class (NFC) ! May God empower you to serve Jesus and his church with joy and passion!

114. What Needs To Be Avoided In House Church

House Church is where everyone feels comfortable with each other. But because the atmosphere is warm and comfortable, it is easy to be careless with words. People often get hurt by small careless words, not big ones. But what we feel small is not small in its impact in our emotion. This is the reason why even a good family can have a messy emotional climate. It is because when you are comfortable, you care less about the impact but…

113. Doing The Uncomfortable

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m an introvert. That means I love being by myself and meeting people requires extra energy and motivation. So reading books alone is like heaven to me while going into social functions often feel likes a dreaded chore. My wife is pretty comfortable with these social settings but I feel pretty uncomfortable. That is why I’m usually the one tugging my wife to go home early. For that reason, I have not been active in…