Pastor Blog

278. New Beginning for Youth Ministry

Youth Shepherd application was due last Sunday. A total of six new Youth Shepherds have committed to serve for 3 years. One of them is a previous youth shepherd recommitting. I am delighted that the sacrifice of previous youth shepherds was not in vain, and their testimonies have inspired the new cohort to serve our youth in a bigger capacity. I don’t know each one’s story in detail, but I do know that the new youth shepherds really have wrestled…

277. Showing Up

Some said, “80% of success is showing up”. There is no quantifiable way to know if it is true, but from my experience, this is a pretty valid statement. If you show up, something can happen. If you don’t, nothing will. And those “something” accumulate over time and result in “something” special. For example, people think fitness is the result of strong will-power. But fitness is about being consistent, even if the result is not shown right away. When you…

276. Masking Will Become Voluntary

After speaking with a few leaders who have better understanding of the current COVID-19 situation, Pastor team has agreed that making masking voluntary would be appropriate at this point. So, starting from 6/19 (Sun), masking will become voluntary, and we will enter phase three of the in-person service transition plan. Those who come to in-person service will be no longer required to wear a mask. To be clear, those who want to continue to wear the mask can do so.…

275. Power of Narrative

Modern people think morality can change, since what used to be wrong is now acceptable. But what actually changes is not morality, but our understanding of morality based on the changed “narrative” of the age. It is because we don’t think in a vacuum. We think ourselves as a character in a “story”. The same action can have a different moral conclusion based on the story. For example, in a movie, traditionally, killing dragons is what a hero would do.…

274. Culture of Honor

Many years ago, pastor team read a book together which was called, “Culture of Honor”. The author says that “honor is the hardware that bolts all the plumbing pipe from heaven together”. In other words, it allows God’s provision to come without hinderance. Without honor, relationships cannot thrive and conflicts begin to happen. According to the author, culture of honor is a heavenly culture that we must strive to build together as a community. We are living in a culture…

273. Why You Should Pray Out Loud

In our Sunday service, we have a time called “Unison Prayer”, which is a moment of praying “out loud” together. So let me explain why it is important to do so. Prayer is the foundational way to build relationship with God, and there are many styles of prayer. Many people like to pray silently because it fits their personalities and is comfortable to them. There are times when praying silently is appropriate. For example, when you need to be considerate…

272. Importance of Intimacy

After coming back from the House Church Conference last Tuesday, I began to have cold-like symptoms on Thursday. I was negative until I took my third test on Saturday. Because I came back from international travel, I have to self-isolate for ten days (as opposed to five), until this Sunday. So I had to join our service online last Sunday, and will do the same this Sunday. Self-isolation has been a challenging experience. I was hit with bad coughing, body…

271. Techniques Are Not Enough

We learn how to relate to people simply by watching as we grow up. Then we pick up “techniques” to get what we want or have our way. You would be surprised even babies know how to manipulate parents to get what they wish through simple “crying .”It is because they find out that the crying “technique” brings their parents to oblige to their wants. So they repeat. When we grow older, we learn even more techniques for staying social,…

270. Change of Tide

After the House Church conference, I am writing this blog at my sister’s place. Thanks to your prayer, Jennifer and I had a great time learning and connecting with fellow pastors at the conference. We had a record number of ESC pastors attending this year, and I was thankful for the opportunities to connect with many new pastors. I have been attending the conference for the past nine years, and for the first time, I’ve sensed a change in my…

269. House Church Conference at LA

Jennifer and I will be away for a week (missing 5/1 Sunday), to attend the House Church conference in LA. The conference starts on Monday and ends on Thursday. After that, we will visit my sister’s place for a few days over the weekend. I Initially thought about coming back for Sunday, but there is a church north of LA where it is known for its worship and prophetic ministry. Their ministry blessed me during my Research Month, so I…

268. Pedalling Forward

Despite the 6th wave and concerns over other variants, we can say we are at the end of a long tunnel of the Pandemic, and we thank God for the resiliency he has given us. Barna group gave out a report that says over 20% of Christians left churches or stopped attending services since the Pandemic. It was a global trend caused by global issues, and we were not immune to that. We had some members who disappeared or left…

267. Online Good Friday Service

We’ve had joint service for Good Friday with KSC. But since last year, we started having our own Good Friday service. Last year, we had to try something new, as Good Friday happened in the middle of the Pandemic. So we live-streamed a pre-recorded service of praise, sermon and communion instruction so that each of our members could participate at home. However, unlike last year, we will stream the service to be watched together in each house church for this…