Korean Emerging Ministries
Korean American congregations are vital, visible and growing part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They are the second largest racial ethnic constituency group after black congregations. There were about 20 Korean Presbyterian congregations in early 1970 which had grown to 430 congregations with 55,000 members in 2010.
Korean American congregations are actively participating to the mission of the whole church with their gifts of enthusiasm in worship, prayer, Bible study, commitment to evangelism and church development.
The purpose of the Korean Emerging Ministries Office is to enable the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to respond to Korean congregational enhancement issues and to enable Korean American Presbyterians to participate actively to the mission of the PC(USA) and also to facilitate the church's task of evangelism and leadership development in relation to issues affecting Korean Presbyterian constituency.
The Korean Emerging Ministries Office has a cooperative relationship with other program areas to plan and develop programs and resources that will enhance Korean church growth by providing consultation and assistance to governing bodies on issues of Korean congregational development.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, a most difficult time in Korean history, two Koreans were baptized by a Scottish Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria. This was in 1876. They, with several other Koreans who were later baptized, embarked on the enormous task of translating the Bible into the Korean tongue. After many months of hard work, the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts were translated and published in the Korean language in the fall of 1882.
The first Presbyterian missionary, H. G. Underwood, and the first Methodist missionary, Henry Appenzeller, arrived together in the port of Incheon on Easter Sunday in April 1885 and this is usually considered the beginning of protestant mission in Korea. They were able to begin their work in Korea with important parts of the New Testament already translated and printed. This was an unprecedented event in the history of Christian missions. The so-called Nevius Plan of missionary work based on the principles of self-government, self-support and self-propaganda has marked the fundamental spirit of Korean Presbyterianism almost from the beginning. This plan has gone far to facilitate the formation and rapid growth of the church as an indigenous national body.
We as Korean American Presbyterians are and will be full partners of evangelism and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are fully committed to the mission of the church without losing our ethnic identity and faith experiences. We are working toward shaping a new church where people see others as God's children and human beings mutually appreciative, responsible and interdependent.
- Enthusiasm in worship, prayer and Bible Study
- Commitment to evangelism
- Determination to self-support, self-government and self-propagation
- Theological reflection: Korean immigration theology and multicultural ministry
New Church Development
The National Korean Presbyterian Council sets the goal to develop 200 new churches by 2010 and the National Korean Presbyterian Council New Church Development committee is working hard to accomplish the goal in partnership with Korean Emerging Ministries.
To provide leadership through ministerial and lay training programs including recruitment of clergy for first and second generations.
Dear Brother in Christ, Greetings to you from Zanzibar Island with the church from the crying time of help in Island of Zanzibar- Tanzania. This letter is please to request you as the Body of Christ for the suffering we are in today, by asking your help with a project taken on recently from your office. We are in a thorny problem of church services building for long of time now, because where we are staying and as church services we are used to. The bad thing is a house belongs to a Moslem. Now we are given deadline notice of one three month from the owner of the house to move and stop our church services and leave on the end of August 2012. According to situation we kindly feel your urgent support of Church Construction. So believe this can help us to as hem satan with his dominion is the Islamic area we are in. By this we hope to make an emergency church construction, because we cannot afford the cost to the financial position we are facing in our church. In ending I’d like to beg you again to help in three ways, please pray this projects can be done to receive what we need allowing the church services to continue and we get the place for church services. Secondly pass on the enclosed letter about land sponsors to some one who feels to help in your fellowship. And I would like to know if I can affiliated with your ministry, because I looking a ministry that I can work together here in Zanzibar. Finally, please consider what you can give to land for Christians, these Christian are God’s the future Zanzibar Church. Your strategic support will help them live see that future and to be better-equipped front. Yours Sincerely in Christ, Pastor Timothy W. Philemon P.O. Box 3035, Zanzibar- Tanzania
My name is Archie samweli. I’m Tanzanian. I’m also a Christian. I was studying korea language in daejon University in Korea but ididn't finish becouse of money but in my country i still study . And I’m also a interpreter in korean and english language. Now, I wish to come to Korea for my studying. I’m looking for some scholarship information about Korea Aboard! Now, I’m also a preacher of God! I really desire to preach Him in my life! In this time, one my friend and I am preparing for a foreign language center where teach korean, english and Swahili for everyone and specially the poor. Its name is J.O.Y ( Journey Of You). I see a need about foreign language. You know! In my country, there is not condition for the poor to learn language so I pray for it and God gives a chance to open it! I want our center is a place to make them become disciple for Jesus Christ. We will study the bible together, some meetings with foreign pastors, some teachers and share together. I have already work for some korean companies, I teach swahili and English for the korean who are living in Tanzania . Now, I’m helped by many foreigners in here and mostly has some korean friend. I wish to come to Korea to study besides I wish to be taught the Bible in english and korean. Can you help me, please? In my future, I want to serve God by what God gives me, skills, abilities… I want to bring Glory to Him! In the next time, There is a korean invite me to visit his owner place in Tanzania and he hope that I can contribute with him to teach the bible in english language for 2 thousands workers in there. I’m thinking about it but my wish is come to korea for my studying! I hope that you can support for me scholarship or help me to know how i can get one and then I can serve God at all without being worried about the tuition and fees. Thank you so much for listening to my sharing. I don’t know anything about you but I believe God is The Lord know everything and he will help me at all. Once more thank you so much Sir Sincerely, Archie
Respected and Dear Sirs/Madams, Hearty greetings from RAPHA here in Orissa State in India. Today I learnt about you from a Directory of internet. I take this opportunity to introduce our ministry to you for favour of your kind information and possible cooperation in our church ministry programme RAPHA is a grass root level spiritual development spiritual registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 of Govt. of Orissa and has been working with the rural community since 2003.Its main efforts are directed to empowerment of rural people for their social, spiritual and political upliftment, self-help, poverty mitigation, food security, adult literacy and environment protection. As is known globally, Orissa State is one of the most backward States in India. Hunger, poverty, high IMR, illiteracy has been chronic problems of the State inspire of Government's honest efforts to tackle them. We are planning to work with a rural community in a remote and most backward area of our district for poverty and hunger mitigation and would like to know whether it is possible for you to kindly extend your support for our project. Looking forward to your kind response and with kind regards I remain, Yours Sincerely, Pastor Willson John Nag Accountant/Project Director
Dearest sevants of Most High, Everlasting God, Is this the way Satan has used some men to deceive us and lead us astray from the sound truth of God’s Holy Word? . I am a born again clergy woman aged 26 yrs , married and with a twin boy and two girls and one small daughter. I am leading 6 congregations in the western Kenya with an average membership of 800 souls. Formerly, we used to belong to Swedenborgian church (New church cult) and the false teachings we have been taught!, only God can now reveal the mystics theologies when we compare with your truth teachings from the Holy Bible the Divine Word of God. I discovered your teachings through the web site October 2009. I have been making some print outs, teaching these congregations under my jurisdiction as well as comparing these teaching with Holy Bible scriptures line by line, hand by hand, and we have proved that you have the true teachings according to the doctrine of “sound words” profitable for church of God, believers. Therefore having separated our selves from this Swedenborg teachings (New church cult) since October, 2009. we humbly pass our request to join hands with you to become one family in the unity and bonds of peace of foster spreading the gospel to all parts of the world. Especially here where we seldom have such wonderful biblical truth teachings . Looking forward to your consideration to let us be “ one body,…in one hope of calling, one Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all and through all, and in (us) all. (Eph 4:4-6_. In His Service, Damaris.
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