By David Kwangki Kim
LOS ANGELES - The church does not belong to those who sit on the pews but to those who are not yet in it, says a Korean-American United Methodist.
Speaking in worship at the fall gathering of the United Methodist Council on Korean Ministries, Chicago Bishop Hee-Soo Jung challenged the council and Korean United Methodists to reach out to the un-churched and reclaim the power of Gospel.
"Let us have a missional vision, God-size dream for the world. The church does not belong to us who sit on the pew of church, but to those who are not in the church yet."
Jung believes the church should refocus the Gospel and bring its power into the world.
"The Gospel changes us and it will change the world," he said, "and God entrusts us for this great task."
In September, the United Methodist Council on Korean-American Ministries developed strategies to move the Korean-American National Plan forward. The plan, one of six ethnic and language plans in the church, was established by the 2000 General Conference to strengthen the denomination's Korean ministries.
According to New York Bishop Jeremiah Park, the council has been a successful think tank for the Korean-American community. Park, who continues a second four-year term as council president, applauded the 16-member council.
During the past four years, 15 Korean churches were planted and five were chartered as the council raised more than $1 million from local Korean congregations.
Before 2012, the council hopes to establish 12 new churches and charter them within 4 to 5 years. They hope to raise another $1 million to gird church planting and development of various faith communities in cooperation with the "1,000 church/ 10,000 Faith Community/ 100,000 Disciples" movement of the National Association of the Korean United Methodists.
David Kwangki Kim serves as director of Korean resources and editor of United Methodists in Service at the United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn.