Tuesday, March 26
The Presbytery of North Puget Sound
We are not a church.” This is not something you would expect to hear from a group called Wellspring Ministry, but stick around and you’ll hear a lot of unusual lines. “We’ll be happy if everyone who comes here eventually stops.” That’s the thing about the young-professional adult ministry based in Seattle launched by the Presbytery of North Puget Sound. Wellspring serves as a waypoint for weary Christians—in particular, Korean American Christians who find themselves burned out or lost in the shuffle among the Puget Sound’s plethora of bilingual, bicultural churches.
Started on March 3, 2011, Wellspring was the brainchild of Executive Director Eric Eun and a few friends, who realized the need to provide their Christian kindred with fellowship and with training to grow, strengthen, and lead their home churches.
What began as a Thursday night praise-and-Bible-study fellowship at Zion Korean Presbyterian Church quickly added a young-adult basketball fellowship; Listen to My Life, a women’s group with TouchPoints Ministry; a social-outing network for local Asian American pastors; and mission letters, car washes, and special offerings that raised about $10,500 for various church missions and Wellspring’s own missions trip to Kotzebue, Alaska.
Wellspring partnered with Korean American Student Empowerment to organize this year’s (and future) conferences for Korean American college leaders.
At “One Love,” Wellspring’s first annual youth winter retreat, over 80 participants—from high school and college students to volunteers representing churches from south of Seattle to British Columbia—gathered to encourage and lay God’s blessing on his children through worship and prayer for the youth of this generation.
Wellspring emphasizes that it is a nonprofit organization, not a church. As the name suggests, the ministry aims to refresh Christians and rejuvenate their passion for serving and glorifying God by letting them dip into a source of fellowship outside their normal boundaries. Wellspring helps Christians rededicate their service to the same churches they’ve long called home, even though it means saying goodbye when they are ready to return.
The presbytery’s 36 congregations have 8,257 total members.
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Clarence Antioquia, member, PMA Board
Dr. Corey C. Schlosser-Hall, executive presbyter
Rev. Dean Strong, stated clerk
Eric Eun, Wellspring director
Sarah Beard, communications coordinator
Joan Hill, finance coordinator
Let us pray
O Lord, open our lips that we might show forth thy praise! Amen.