How Do You Decide on Change or Transition?

How do you decide on transition or change in your life?

  • Do you look at others who are doing what you want to do and try to emulate their steps?
  • Do you think of transition when things get tough at work or in life?

I find that there is a spectrum of change that all humans fall into. On the one end of that spectrum, we love the thrill of the unknown and get excited about change. On the other end, we love stability and are resistant to change.

Where are you on that spectrum?

My intention in this post is not to create a complete framework for discernment or change, nor is it to list out all of the Biblical passages that are relevant towards decision making. This post is intended to help you begin the conversation on how you process change by gleaning insights from this passage.

Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead, always fear the Lord. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade. Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course. (Proverbs 23:17-19 HCSB)

Here are four insights on transition and change from this passage: [Read more…]

The One Thing 2014 Ministry Report Book

The One ThingI’m so excited that The One Thing 2014 Ministry Report ebook is finally out! Not just because I wrote a chapter on “Why You Need to Rethink Your Small Group Ministry,” but because Darren is a dear friend and a sharp leader. He had the foresight to ask the important question:

What is the one new thing that has helped your ministry excel over the past year?

I want to encourage you to go download this free ebook here to learn the 11 aha moments from over this past year:

  1. Exploring New Paradigms for Effective Evangelism – Brent Dolfo
  2. 15 Characteristics of Today’s Unchurched Person – Carey Nieuwhof
  3. Mobilizing Student Missionaries – Jason Ballard 
  4. Sermon Series Planning – Phil Bowdle
  5. Execution: The Secret Sauce of Every High Functioning Leader – Darren Herbold
  6. Making Vision Real – Paul Alexander
  7. Why You Need to Rethink Your Small Group Ministry – Daniel Im (that’s me!)
  8. How to Engage a Healthy Staff – Ron Edmondson
  9. 7 Killer Mistakes Church Leaders Make – Scott Williams
  10. Wanted: A Killer Digital Strategy – Tim Nations
  11. Why Your Vision Does Not Stick – Tim Peters

Why Every Healthy Church Needs The Second Gen

While I was reading The Next Evangelicalism, which is a must read for every North American church leader, I was deeply impacted with the profound truths that Rah put forth regarding the current state of our churches and the way forward (Click here to read my review of the book)

Like Rah, I am a second-generation Korean immigrant, the only difference is that I am Korean-Canadian, and not American. As a result, for the past 10 years, I have been reflecting on issues of ethnicity and the second generation, but I have never heard someone state the importance of my experience and the potential of my role quite like he has. For example, “in the next evangelicalism, the second generation, with their unique ethos and strength…will be the ones best equipped to face the next stage of the church” (181). [Read more…]

Why I’m Getting Ordained

Growing up in a Korean Presbyterian church, I was always starkly aware of the difference between an ordained pastor and a non-ordained pastor. In Korean, it’s the difference between being a Moksanim and a Jundosanim. The difference is so stark that you are almost, in a sense, involved in child’s play until you become an ordained pastor.

It wasn’t until I responded to this call to ministry that I began questioning the whole matter of ordination. Why did it bother me so much that Koreans were calling me a non-ordained pastor? Why did they treat me very differently from the ordained pastors? Why would their mood and attitude towards me shift once they discovered that I wasn’t ordained?

Yes, I understand that in Acts 13 the church set apart Paul and Barnabas for the work of ministry, and then prayed for them and sent them off. And I also understand the whole concept of the priesthood in the Old Testament and their required role for the Israelites.

But what about the call in Ephesians 4 to the whole church? That “grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift?” That God has given EACH OF US a calling and a measure of grace to do the work that God has set out for us?

I guess what bothered me about this ordained and non-ordained distinction was that it felt like the plain wasn’t level.

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