(*August 27th @ 4:30 PM Pastor Bill's first sermon as the new pastor of SGC) During the first two weeks of July (2017), Pastor Bill Majors preached for SGC English Ministry (Sunday 4:30 PM). Twenty some members (children as well) expressed how broken they are. It seems that broken people find relief in being with other broken people (so Pastor Bill felt at home). However, in the next six weeks and in connecting with a variety of those believers Pastor Bill could see that people at SGC are "broken, but not broke." The Bible teaches that through the gospel we are all repairable and we can all contribute.
[Good News] After Pastor Bill shared his vision with the English ministry people and the Korean pastors he expressed how he desires to be a pastor of a community of believers with a vision to plant a "church within a church." This means that one local church can be a Korean church that is embracing an English speaking community who is allowed to be free to identify spiritual gifts and resources and to exercise those gifts and resources toward a vision (a mission to proclaim the gospel) that unifies the English ministry also as a church (in contextualization). The members of the English ministry voted and Senior Pastor Cho (representing the elders of the Ahyun (Korean) Church) affirmed Bill Majors to be the pastor of Seoul Grace Community within the Ahyun Methodist Church. Rev. Cho met Bill on August 18th and Rev. Cho shared how his family immigrated to the USA (Phoenix, AZ) in 1986 and how he had pastored a Korean immigrant church that worshipped in an American church (church within a church). He stated that the small financial support currently given to the English ministry was all that the Ahyun Church could offer, but how the facilities of the church were available for the English ministry to use. (The picture below is the main sanctuary of the Korean church (1,500 seats). The English ministry currently meets in a small concert hall seating 75 people.)