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Igniting Ministry trains Korean-American churches

2/20/2003 News media contact: Kathy Gilbert · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.

A UMNS Report By the Rev. Sang Yean Cho* By the Rev. Sang Yean Cho*

Representatives from Korean-American United Methodist churches in the California-Pacific Annual Conference participated in the first Korean Igniting Ministry training in early February.

Television and newspaper advertisements were developed in Korean and released last year in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, said the Rev. Steve Horswill-Johnson, executive with Igniting Ministry, based in Nashville, Tenn.

"Whenever I watch TV advertising for the United Methodist Church in Korean by Korean Television Network, I am proud of and feel connected with my denomination," said the Rev. Woong-Min Kim, pastor of Wilshire United Methodist Church and chairperson of the Korean caucus in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. "I appreciate United Methodist Communications for this meaningful and great project."

More than 50 lay leaders and clergy from the Los Angeles area participated in the training, held Feb. 2 at Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

"It was a rewarding experience to have attended the Igniting Ministry presentation," said Richard Kim, a member of the Glendale Korean United Methodist Church and the Pasadena District Team in the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

"The training was wonderful and a graceful shock to me and church members," said the Rev. Young Han Kang of the First Korean Mid-City United Methodist Church of Norwalk, Calif. "It reminded us of our responsibility for evangelism and welcoming with fresh ideas." He said he wished more Korean churches had been at the training.

"This was too short. Why don't you plan a two- or three-day retreat for this training?" asked the Rev. Jin Mo Koo of Garden Grove (Calif.) First Korean United Methodist Church. "I believe that it will help a lot of Korean churches."

The United Methodist Council on Korean American Ministries sponsored the training. Other Korean training events will be held March 1-2 in New York and New Jersey, and in mid-May in Chicago.

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*Cho is the editor of United Methodists in Service, the Korean-language news service for United Methodist Communications.

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