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.