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Korean United Methodist council sets vision for 2005-2008

 


 

Feb. 2, 2005
 

By United Methodist News Service

 

The Korean church is a “gifted community with much to offer the whole church,” a bishop told leaders at the organizational meeting of the United Methodist Council on Korean American Ministries.

 

“We actively serve God’s people through our collective gifts and wish to join continually for glorious transformation and God’s miraculous expectation for the United Methodist Church,” said Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, who leads the denomination’s Chicago Area.

 

In setting a vision for the council, he said members of the Korean-American United Methodist community are not just consumers but contributors toward a “future-oriented, gifted community of faith.”

 

Thirty-one lay and clergy members from around the country attended the council’s meeting, Jan. 27-29, in Houston.

 

Jung said the Korean United Methodist Church could offer “an excellence of hospitality,” a class-meeting model for discipleship, “passion for prayer life and missional zeal.”

 

In the first session, retired Bishop Hae-Jong Kim described how the council worked for the Korean community and its churches in the 2000-2004 quadrennium. “The United Methodist Council was just a funding organization responding to churches, programs asking for money,” he said. He recommended the new council “should work as a body that gives direction and functions as a think tank.”

 

The 2004 General Conference approved continuing the Korean American National Plan with a budget of $3.2 million. The 2000 General Conference approved $2.83 million for the work of supporting Korean American Ministries. During the 2000-2004 period, the council focused on leadership development, next-generation ministry and congregational nurture and support. 

 

Bishop Kim expressed thanks to the Rev. Brandon Cho, who served for four years launching the council and helping secure funding for another quadrennium. Kim also expressed gratitude to Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Los Angeles Area, and the staff of the Board of Global Ministries.

 

The council agreed on three vision areas for the Korean American National Plan:

  • Servant-leadership formation for clergy, laity and youth.
  • Next-generation ministries to develop English ministries and campus ministries for English-speaking 1.5 and 2nd generations.
  • Congregational development, nurture and redevelopment focusing on new Korean-language ministries, existing Korean United Methodist churches and Korean mission congregations.

The council also set six goals:

  1. Implement an effective servant-leadership formation strategy and program for clergy, professional staff and lay leaders for first and next generations. Emphasis will be on spiritual servant-leadership formation, the United Methodist connection, community outreach and justice ministry, mission interpretation, intergenerational partnership and cross-cultural communication.
  2. Emphasize a leadership formation program and integration plan for Korean-American clergywomen, focusing on ministry in Korean congregations as well as the overall United Methodist Church.
  3. Strengthen existing next-generation congregations and campus ministries, and establish 15 new ones.
  4. Implement a strategy to recruit next-generation men and women for training and ordination through United Methodist-related seminaries.
  5. Help existing Korean-American mission congregations become self-sufficient, strengthen chartered Korean United Methodist churches and establish 15 new Korean congregations.
  6. Expand culturally relevant resource materials and national data on Korean-American United Methodist churches and mission.

The job description for a new council executive director will be decided during the executive committee’s Feb. 21 conference call.

 

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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