Its all about balance

The second marathon lecture day on our Advance to South-Korea is opened by Rev. Daniel Dongwon Lee. He is Senior Pastor of Global Mission Church and a representative of Global Ministry Network.

In his lecture he is talking about a healthy leadership for the Korean Church, based on his experience in his ministry in Leadership in the USA and in Korea. His ministry was focused on his „3-3-3-Vision of the Church“ (based on Jeremia 33,3). Seeking to reach 10% of the 300.000 population and train 10% of those as future leaders.

Rev. Lee expieriences that Korean Churches stopped growing and the korean church also lost relevance to the korean culture at the same time. His yearning is to study on a heathy leadership to enable to church to grow and to experience a renewal.

A paradigm that changed his ministry was the system of Natural Church Development by Christian A. Schwarz an assessment test for a healthy church in 8 quality-characterics:

  1. Empowering leadership
  2. Gift-oriented ministry
  3. Passionate spirituality
  4. Functional structures
  5. Inspiring worship service
  6. Holistic small groups
  7. Need-oriented evangelism
  8. Loving relationships

Along with the „Natural Church Movement“ he also followed the theologian Howard Synder „It is God’s will not only to plant, grow, and perfect the church, but also to renew it.“

For this renewal process in which growth and renewal have to go hand in hand, Rev. Lee comes up with six points of balance in leadership

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1. Balance between vision and ambition.

„Many times we use the word vision to cover up our greed“ (Referring to a book by Cloud/Twonsend Boundaries: When to say YES, when to say NO, to take control of your life)

2. Balance between big and small groups.

„Our church can’t be a heathy church only with a focus on a service on sunday.“ (Referring to a book „The second reformation – William Beckham). Sunday service and big gatherings stress the transcendence of God, small group stress the immanence of God (Beckam.) This fits to the success of other forms of congregations like the cell church movement, house churches and so on.

3. Balance between church ministry and familiy ministy.

Stressing the importance of a focus on familiy ministry and the family situation of the pastor himself/herself. (Pastors Kid = problem kid + missioners kid = messed up kid). TO which is would like to add the german saying „Lehrers Kind und Pfarrers Vieh gelingen selten oder nie“.

4. Balance between work and rest. Koreans are hard working and are famous for their Korean prayer: „Lord make me patient, right now!“ Rev. Lee is emphasizing the importance of rest and states „Sabbatical is something we do not understand, because we do not know how to rest and take time for spiritual renewal.“ (Referring to Ryken: Work and Leisure in Christian Perspective).

5. Balance in Gospel and missiology cultural context

The Gospel is always preached in a cultural context (Newbigin: The open Secret). We have to gain a deeper understanding of the different cultures to set our profile to be either critical and cross-cultural oder embrace culture with the danger becoming pluralistic and syncretistic. (Mouw: Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World)

6. Balance of Commitment to individual community and a bigger and general vision. „Commitment often leads us to have a macro-vision with the risk of losing the macro-vision.

7. Balance in commitment to community and commitment to one soul.

„Heathy churches are not just big churches, but rather churches where everyone in the church carries out the priesthood of all believers.“

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