162 results for author: Pastor Eric Shin


Serving alcohol during your wedding reception (Part 2)

After From the Pastor’s Desk #228, under the title, “Serving alcohol during your wedding reception,” came out, I have received mixed responses. Some liked and appreciated it, others not as much. It was expected. But I also sense that there is some confusion among us. What’s obvious in my head, at times, is not so obvious to others. For example, the answers to questions like “Does this apply to everyone? What if the wedding takes place outside of the United States where having wine and beer is just part of their everyday life? What if the bride and the groom are not connected to our KSC at all? What if the parents of the bride and the groom ...

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Serving alcohol during your wedding reception

Many of you know where I stand in terms of alcohol. When I was young in faith, Christianity and alcohol didn’t mix together. I was taught that way from early on and I have never seen anyone enjoying alcohol with maturity and responsibility the way Christ would have done. I only saw people abusing alcohol who drank to get drunk. The ability to drink a lot and not get drunk was seen as male prowess. This is the culture that I grew up in. When we began New Life in 1997, my stance in regards to alcohol was the same because I saw men at New Life during that time not knowing how to enjoy alcohol responsibly. Alcohol consumption did more harm than good. ...

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Some Changes in Our Youth Group

It’s been a little more than a year since Pastor Jabez has become our youth pastor. As a person who works closely with him and sees what he does on a daily basis, it is quite impressive how much he’s been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. Externally, he has done a lot to renovate and improve our youth facility which includes the upgraded sound, lighting and multimedia system, the new chairs, the fresh paint, the new carpet, and the new floor. Internally, he and all the volunteers have spent a lot of time looking into what has been done well and what needs to change in order to make our youth group healthier and they have ...

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Finding Our Next Children’s Pastor Together

We will need to look for our next children’s pastor because Pastor Chae’s last day with us will be July 30. I would like for us to find our new children’s pastor together. How? Our desired goal to find the children’s pastor is by the end of this year if not beginning of next year. In the meantime, Eugene Byon will serve as an interim ministry coordinator until we find the person. Also, we will create an Advisory Committee who will participate in the interviewing process of our potential candidates. This committee will be made up of 5 to 7 people consisting of current children’s ministry core leader(s), a single volunteer, parent ...

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Pastor Chae’s Transition

Pastor Chae, our children’s ministry director/pastor for the past nine years, will be transitioning out from children’s ministry by the end of July after this year’s VBS. He will also move on from New Life to do what God seems to be leading him to do at this point in his life. He has done a great job in modeling and teaching God’s word to our children and also equipping the parents to raise their children well in the Lord. Though we are happy and excited for him and Suemy for the next assignment that God has in store for them, we are also sad to realize that we have just a few months left together with them. We truly appreciate Pastor Chae and ...

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Things to Remember for House Church Seminar

(This is from Pastor Lee’s “Pastor’s Column” last Sunday, which was translated by his daughter, Debbie Lee. I edited and modified it to make it applicable for New Life.) House Church Seminar for Pastors will start this coming Tuesday. This time, 80 participants will come to KSC and 24 to ESC to learn about our house church ministry. I would like for us to remember several things as we prepare for the seminar. The most important thing that persuades the pastors to do house church ministry is the sacrificial serving of our shepherds and members. A kind and respectful greeting at the airport, a deep conviction about house church ministry ...

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Your Village Leader Will Start Visiting You

We now have 73 house churches including the two in Chiang Mai shepherded by Eric Chu and David Kim. God is using us to reach out to our VIPs and we are definitely growing in number! As you all know, my wife and I make a house church visitation each Friday. It’s always very warm and encouraging to visit your house churches. Through this visitation, I get to know you better by going over to where you live, sharing a meal together and asking you questions. You too get a chance to know me and my wife better through the Q & A session we have when we visit your house churches. You get to ask us questions about the Bible, New Life and our personal ...

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