Pastor Blog (Page 22)

20. Thank you

Year 2016 is already coming to an end. As I go through my kids photos and witness how much they have changed, it feels unreal how fast time flies. As I’m writing this blog in starbucks, listening to Christmas carols in the background, I took some time to think about what happened this year. There were times of disspointment and frustration. But as I began to navigate through them, my heart soon began to fill with thankfulness. So I will…

19. Joy of watching growth

We all love to watch things grow. (except our waist size!) For some, it could be something tangible like the size of muscles, number of followers on instagram, balance in the bank account. Sometimes things that are intangible such as intimacy, love and affection in relationships. I think it is in our human nature to expect things to grow and feel joy when it actually happens. My first daughter Luyah is approaching her 5th birthday. She still has looks of…

18. Ministry is a privilege

From year 2017 onward, all “youth ministry” serving opportunities (youth retreat staff, youth staff, youth shepherds) will be limited to baptized “members”, who have completed membership class. I’ve already communicated multiple times through pastor blog, encouraging adults (18+) to come to membership class, so this is not a sudden change but rather a natural transition. There are a few reasons for this change. First, members are those who understand why our church exists. Serving without understanding the mission of an…

17. Youth House Church will also support missionaries

If you check the bulletin every week, you probably have noticed that our youth house churches (YHC) are now named after the mission fields they support. All four regions are located in South Asia, mainly India and Nepal. This region is part of “10/40 window” where 90% of the poverty of the world is located. Not surprisingly, this region is the most unreached area for the gospel. To focus our effort to help this part of the world, all YHC…

16. We will avoid voting as much as we can.

Since US Presidential election has been a hot topic, I would like to talk about “voting”. Voting is a major way to make decision in democracy. It is to include and honor people’s opinions as much as possible. In established church settings, congregations also may make important decisions by voting, such as appointment of new senior pastor, purchase of big assets, and other membership matters. However, we will avoid voting as much as we can. Many people think church has…

15. How to have fun in Church

I always liked going to church during my teenage years. Main reason was that I was involved in church ministry. I started serving as a bassist in a praise team simply because no one else wanted to do it. I can’t honestly say I served with right motive all the time because there was a cute girl in my team, but one thing for sure is that many meaningful relationships were formed through it. When I look back, it surely…

14. Strategic Leadership Team

Starting from this year, LT (Leadership Team) will change its name to SLT (Strategic Leadership Team). It really is a a simple name change but the real intent is to highlight the “functional” role of our leadership team, which is to provide strategic input for our ESC (English Speaking Congregation). As someone said, leadership is a “verb”, not a “noun”. With this name change, we also changed the qualification for SLT to anyone who is a shepherd (including youth shepherd),…

13. My two safeguards

One of the main temptations for male leadership is sexual sin. Many great, influential leaders with great marriage lost their position of influence and families because of one mistake in this area. Unlike money issue, sexual sin is very difficult to recover from, though not impossible. Often they did not get into that trouble because they planned to do it but because they didn’t plan “not” to. Many didn’t have a “safeguard” that will protect them long before the temptation…

12. Spectate or Engage

Our family spent a week in a place near Barrie last week for our annual family retreat. My wife Jennifer doesn’t get to spend that much time with her kids since she works full-time. So time like this is pretty special not just for our kids but also for us. We wanted to do pony-ride for our kids on Friday so we went to this farm near our lodging. But to our dismay, the place was only open for weekends.…

11. Why pure democracy is just a dream

I’m sure many of you heard the term “Brexit”, which is combination of “Britain” and “exit”. This word describes Britan’s decision to exit the EU (European Union). There was strong political propaganda to push for this decision and entire nation decided to vote, instead of leaders making the decision. To many people’s dismay, more people voted for “yes” and the decision was made. The world went into shock because many economists already predicted huge global economic downturn if this ever…

10. Power of simplicity

As many know already, I’m a big fan of apple products. So I’ve read a few books on Steve jobs and his company “Apple”. Apple is now a huge, innovative company but it wasn’t always like that. After Steve jobs took over Apple again (he was ousted by the company he founded but got hired back when it began to decline), first thing he realized was that there were too many products being produced. Many of them had different model…

9. New Bible Study courses for Youth

One of the main focuses of Intergenerational Ministry is helping youth to discover authentic faith for themselves and build good spiritual habits to grow in their faith even into their adulthood. In order for that to happen, first of all, youth need to have an adult role model and a small group of community they feel belong. Secondly, youth need “systematic teachings” of wise and timeless principles to make better choices for their lives, to prevent regrets, unneccesary consequences and…