“When you fight God and pray, you lose”
“…Lord convicted me to plant a church here. I really didn’t want to do that, because at the time I was 25 years old. I was thinking, “I’m too young,” I just wanted to work under an old pastor and learn ministry. But the Lord really convicted me to plant a church. I fought for one year, “No.” I didn’t want to do that, but when you fight God and pray, you lose. So, He changed my heart to do that.”

Always evaluating and adapting
“…after we execute, we always evaluate. Constantly so that if something is outdated after a few years, we will know so we can change before it’s too late. And if we need to do new things because culture is changing, people are changing, even though Gospel isn’t, we need to adapt to the culture and incorporate new things that are needed most [while] we maintain the essence of the Gospel and Scripture.”

Strengths from both Korean and American Christianities
“I think a lot of my values came from what I learned from Korean Christianity: cross, sacrifice, repentance and prayer; and American Christianity: integrity, Word of God, character, theological foundations. The strength of both cultures became a really strong Biblical foundation for any Christian. Being 1.5—they call me 1.5—because I’m neither Korean nor American, but Korean American. Deficiency in being shallow in both cultures but versatility of having both cultures, culturally as well as spiritual culture. We learn from both. I think all those things, helped me to see wider perspective of what the Scripture says, and found the essence through studying of Scripture and my own personal spiritual life. It’s all in the Bible but sometimes we can be biased to look at certain things because that’s what we’re used to…”

A pan-Asian / multiethnic church
“I don’t think of it as a Korean church. There are many leaders who are not Korean in this church. I would like to think of it as pan-Asian / multiethnic, like in between all kinds of ethnic groups, just trying to be Biblical Christians. But yeah, all those people come [because] I think people taste Christ, and Christ tastes good.”

Considering church over job
“Deduced from Ephesians, we started to challenge people: “Why do you always choose job first? If you can have choices for having a job in different cities, maybe choose a church first.” Church should be that important, and is that important. A church where you can devote yourself, where you believe in the vision, where you can do life and then maybe try to get a job and raise a family.”

Essence of Scripture over form
“…[S]ome (of our) guys might not know the heart of what we’re teaching, but still learn the form of it. Then, yeah, they are being rigid….It’s because they haven’t learn the essence of what we’re teaching from the Scripture, and how to adjust to different forms. Now, if you emphasize the form, rather than the core essence then it becomes a problem. Guys who really learn the essence adjust to different cultures and groups.”

Just the beginning of Asian American ministries
“I think [Asian American Christians are] bound to grow astronomically the next 10, 20 years. It’s just the beginning stage of pan-Asian American ministries…. [A] lot of [Asian Americans are now wondering], “Okay, now what?”….I think churches have to give dreams, visions, and clarity to what it means to maximally live for God….I think churches that can provide those kinds of answers and feed them spiritually and help them to impact the US and well as world, are bound to grow in the future. Leaders have to be ready. Bright future ahead. It’s just we haven’t even seen anything yet!”


Last revised: February 16, 2016

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