Pastor Blog

171. Better Filter

We are now living in a hyper-connected world. No wonder many people confess feeling overwhelmed and distracted. What distracts us might not be bad things in and of themselves. But what it can cost us might be enormous. Dr. Cal Newport, in his book “Deep Work,” says that for modern knowledge workers, shallow work has replaced deep work. He defines Shallow Work as “non-cognitive, logistical or minor duties performed in a state of distraction,” such as replying to emails, using…

170. Do Today’s Work Today

Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will brings its own worries. (Matthew 6:34) It is certainly not a message of “empty your worries.” It is a message to correctly assess the things that are given for us to do today and do them faithfully, while not being concerned about tomorrow, which is out of our control. However, many people find themselves busy catching up on their yesterday’s work because they never finish their yesterday’s work. I…

169. Two Types of Membership at The Seed

Many people might still be confused about different types of membership at The Seed, so I would like to explain it here. To put it simply, there are only two types of members: Registered Member and Baptized Registered Member. Both require completion of New Family Class (NFC). The only difference is one is not baptized, and the other is. Youth are not registered members (since their membership is tied to their parents). But, upon graduation, they can complete NFC if…

168. Mission Month

We’ve been going on a short-term mission trip for the last six years. Since 2003, every year, we’ve been going to Nicaragua and ministering to a designated church in Los Solices. The ministry has been expanding to different regions and different demographics. However, mission trip participation has not been consistent, not only in ESC (English Speaking Congregation) but also in KSC. So after some discussion among pastors, we’ve decided to set February as “Mission Month.” The purpose is to raise…

167. Small Changes In Communion

Too much change is never pleasant, but consistent change helps with bringing meaning out of what we repeatedly do. That is why I try to change 1 or 2 things in our service every year if possible. This year, we are going to change a few things in how we do communion. First of all, shepherds in Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) will distribute bread and wine. Participants would still come out to pick them up, but this will bring more…

166. Alignment, Not Agreement

Through previous blog posts (Refer to blog post 11, 16, 108), I have mentioned multiple times that the Church is not a democracy. The “Church” is a spiritual institution, not a political one. It is a model of God’s “Kingdom”, not a reflection of human government. Indeed, there are democratic elements in church governance to reflect members’ opinions and wishes. But the Church ultimately exists to obey its head, Christ. That is why the goal of a church meeting is…