Pastor Blog

239. Importance of Container

While doing home office re-organization during the pandemic, I realized an important principle: Without a container, there is no organization. As simple as it may sound, for anything to get organized, it needs a container. I used to categorize things in the same drawer, only to realize they get messy again. My organization was swapping locations, which was bound to change again next time. It was because I never invested in purchasing containers for them. Once I did some research…

238. Starting Regular Early Morning Prayer

We will be starting a “regular” Early Morning Prayer beginning from the first week of October. (10/5) It will happen every Tuesday to Thursday, on Zoom for 2 hours (6-8 am). (Monday is my off-day, and Saturday, I preach at KSC’s early morning prayer once in a while) You don’t have to stay for the entire 2 hours. Think of it as me opening up the church for 2 hours of prayer for anyone who wants to come and pray…

237. Why I Attend House Church Conference

Many members seem to be unsure about the difference between House Church “Seminar” and “Conference” for pastors. You attend “seminar” only once, and this is for any pastor interested in knowing what house church ministry is. But once you have completed the seminar, now you are permitted to attend the “conference.” Since the majority of the pastors that come to the conference are already doing house church ministry, the conference provides continual learning and course correction through interaction with other…

236. Leadership Team

We have a leadership team, but some people may not know its function and its qualification. The leadership team (we call it strategic leadership team, or SLT) consists of the lead pastor and shepherds (as our ministry is intergenerational, we also include one youth shepherd). But all of them need to be team leaders. It is because the leadership Jesus demonstrated was servant leadership. So we want people who serve the most to be in the leadership team, leading people…

235. The future of house church ministry

A recent study showed an overwhelming majority (75%) of working professionals expect remote work to become the industry standard. The post-pandemic corporate world has drastically shifted to re-evaluate time and cost efficiency. It costs more to own corporate space, to commute to work, and maintain the office building. Not to mention not commuting saves lots of time and energy. Companies are now faced with a crucial decision about the future of their working environment. Similarly church leaders are thinking about…

234. Principle Is Not Enough

Many people learn how to do things online. Thanks to books, Youtube and many teaching platforms, self-learning hasn’t been this easier. Learning principles are not complicated. You have to pick up a few books on the topic and watch a few videos. But as many people soon realize, implementing principles is not that straightforward. For example, if you want to become a good artist, knowing the mechanics and principles of drawing would be very helpful. But as you go deeper,…

233. Power of Proven Program

I always struggled with building muscle with traditional body-building routines. There were so many opinions, and they felt hard to follow for beginners as they were primarily designed with people with good genetics. I tried, but after a few months, I would injure myself. So I stopped working out during my university years. But after I got married, I met a program called “P90X”. It was mainly bodyweight exercise and built a good foundation for my body. The best part…

232. Doing Something vs Doing Nothing

Despite rising concerns over delta-variant, Pandemic is near its end-stage. At this point, it will be helpful to evaluate its aftermath and think about what we have done during the Pandemic. I’m sure some people have done “nothing” during the Pandemic because they felt they could do nothing. But some people have done “something” because they found “something” to do. At first, doing nothing or doing something doesn’t seem very different. Because doing something amid hardship doesn’t seem like it…

231. Space Tourism

When I was young, I imagined that the future world would have cars that fly. We are not quite there yet, but the rate of technological innovation is astounding recently, especially in the rocket industry. In the last two weeks, two space companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, have successfully launched commercial rockets to the edge of orbit, preparing the way for the era of “space tourism” for all people. Blue Origin’s launch was special because it was the first…

230. What To Expect After The Pandemic

Ontario has entered step 3 as of Friday. Since mask-wearing and physical distancing is still in place, we will keep the current gathering limit (20) until the next step. We still do not have a precise date for the full in-person gathering of all church ministries, but it would be good to know what to expect after the Pandemic. Many churches are confused about how to handle a post-pandemic church. Thankfully, since we do house church ministry, it is relatively…

229. The Joy of Completion

Living Life class ended this week. New Life class will also finish next week. 13 weeks sound long (and feel long at times), but once it is over, I’m encouraged by members who faithfully remained till the end, saying they are proud of themselves for completing it. Everything meaningful takes time and effort, but the joy of completing it makes it all worth it. Starting is often easy because it is exciting to start something new. But finishing it is…

228. A-men and A-woman?

A few months ago, Rev. Emanuel Cleaver came on a hot spot for ending his prayer at House meeting in the states, with “A-men and A-woman.” Many people immediately criticized his last comment, as “Amen” is not a gendered term. It is a Hebrew word, which means “truly” or “So be it.” He later defended himself that he intended it to be a pun, to recognize the record number of women present at the meeting. But many found it odd…