GA-1914

GA-1914

NORTH AMERICAN PACIFIC/ASIAN DISCIPLES MINISTRIES
Chung Seong Kim, Executive Pastor
1099 N. Meridian, Ste 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204
PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 713-2685
ckim@napad.disciples.org
www.napad.net

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NAPAD Board of Directors

 Jae Young Rhee (Moderator),
Eula Nicola Pagdilao (Moderator-Elect),
Jennie Huang (Secretary/Treasurer),
Caleb Wang (Representative to the General Board),

Members at Large
Gethsemane Tagaloa
Yunkyong Lee Hill
Tevita Uesi
Nerleb Likisap
Jessica Kim

Representative
Doug Wirt (College of Regional Ministers Representative)
Sotello V. Long (Council of General Ministries Representative)

Ex-Officios
Teresa Hord Owens (General Minister & President)
Timothy S. Lee (Immediate Past Moderator)
Chung Seong Kim (Executive Pastor).

NAPAD Ministry Team

National Ministry

Chung Seong Kim, Executive Pastor

Ethnic Ministry

Lian Jiang – Chinese Ministry
Saitumua Tafaoialii – Samoan Ministry
Nerleb Likisap – Chuukese Ministry

Women Ministry

Soo Yun

Regional Ministry

Younglan Kim & YoungJun Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Pacific Southwest Region.
Daniel Lee – NAPAD Ministry Team, N. California-Nevada Region.
Hyoung Chel Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Illinois Wisconsin Region.

Mission of NAPAD

 The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affirms the cultures and heritages of Pacific/Asian peoples within the historic and living Christian faith. As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we join with other Disciples in the total mission of the church, to recognize and promote the gifts and presence of North American Pacific/Asian Disciples in the life and work of the Church.

Purpose of NAPAD

To participate in God’s mission through the various expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To contribute to the wholeness and unity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To advocate for Pacific/ Asian Disciples within and outside the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To share the gifts and traditions of Pacific/Asian Disciples with the wider church.

NAPAD ministry continued to thrive in accordance with the Disciples identity in becoming “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world”. NAPAD is faithfully on the frontline of accomplishing the four mission priorities of the Church: Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church; New Church Establishment; Congregational Transformation; and Leadership Development.

Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church

There are about 120 churches (25 among them are new church or newly joined less than three years) in 2018 which consist mostly 18 different ethnic and linguistic groups: Burmese, Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Chuukese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Mongolian, Montagnard, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese, and Zo. We gather to form one community – the NAPAD community. NAPAD contributes to the Disciples being “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Our 20/20 vision is to have 200 pro-reconciling and anti-racist congregations.

We have offered culturally adapted anti-racist training (in Korean) in Pacific Southwest Region in consultation from the Reconciliation Ministry. Several ethnic group leaders are being trained to offer language and culture adapted training in several languages

Beside existing trainer, we are continuously seeking to educate new leaders who can have anti-racism training in each ethnic language

Together with the Council on Christian Unity, NAPAD sponsored Resolution GA 1522, “A Call for Peace, Justice, and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” in GA 2015, we are continuously working with DOM and other ecumenical partners with ministry to promote permanent peace for Korean Peninsula.

After the last presidential election, there is new fear of racism among immigrants’ community. We are working with DHM Refugee and immigration ministry to develop a specific educational resource to support NAPAD community affected by it. We will be continuously working with partners to advocate and support our community which has been greatly affected by immigration issue.

We are working with Reconciliation Ministry to award grant to support program and education for anti-racism.

Executive Pastor and Rev. Chan Hee Heo are serving as board members of Reconciliation ministry council.

New Church Establishment

NAPAD ministries has been in forefront of Disciples 2020 vision effort. In partnership with New Church Ministry of Church Extension and Regional Committees of New Church Development, we have initiated and/or established new NAPAD congregations.

Training of new church planters is an ongoing process that requires the collaboration of congregational, regional, and general ministry. Rev. Nerleb Likisap participated in first annual Coaching Academy hosted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation. Which was held in Indianapolis in May 17-19.

The Geunhee Yu Covenant Fund was established in 2012 to provided funding for new church ministry. And This year we add significant donation to reach $100.000 for its endowment so that it can continuously provide support for this important ministry.

NAPAD supported Chuukese leadership and ministry development through Chuukese Easter Rally held on March 31-April 1 in Portland, OR and Chuukese Youth Rally held on June 28-30, 2018 in St. Joseph, MO. Together with regional and general ministry partners, NAPAD continues to support and advocate for the Chuukese Disciples as they work on church growth and sustainability.  NAPAD ministry is closely working with several regional churches to develop more robust relationship between Chuukese Community and Disciples. In June 2018 Chuukese Youth rally, NAPAD office with rev. Terrell McTyer (new church ministry) provided educational session for the Chuukese pastors and leaders

NAPAD is in process of establishing new Disciples Congregations in Mesa AZ, Louisville, KY, Orlando, FL. Bismarck, SD

Congregational Transformation and Pastoral Care

In December 2014, in honor of the late Rev. Harold Johnson, who was pivotal to the establishment and development of the ministries of NAPAD, the Harold Johnson Legacy Fund was established.

This fund serves to support NAPAD congregation as they develop and strengthen their children, youth, and women ministries.

New application for the grant will be announced in September.

NAPAD keep supporting several congregations in their efforts to revitalize their ministries through diverse outreach programs

Leadership Development

NAPAD supported five seminarians through providing funds for their internships in congregational and general ministries. This was done with the hopes that they will apply themselves in developing their ministerial skills and leadership capabilities.

There are four ordinations celebrated:

Jennie Hwang ordained in South West Region (February 11, 2018) in First Chinese Christian Church, Plano, TX.

Teresa Pecinovsky ordained in Tennessee Region (June 17, 2018) in Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville, TN

Hee Sook Yoo ordained in Northwest Region (July 14, 2018) in Lake Washington Christian Church, Kirkland, WA

Tevita Uesi ordained in Central Rocky Mountain Region (July 28, 2018) in First Tongan Christian Church (Granger Community Christian Church), West Valley City, UT

The Korean Disciples Convocation had leadership training workshop in KDC convocation held in South Bay Christian Church in California on Jan. 22-25th, 2018.

Kagiwada scholarship was awarded to Tipisone Junior Tuiolemoto (Graduate Theological Union) Safue Logo Ulufaleilupe (Pacific School of Religion) in 2018

Soongook Choi scholarship was awarded to Kyeongjung Kim (Brite Divinity School) in 2018.

The 20th Biennial NAPAD Convocation.

We had the 20th Biennial NAPAD convocation in Portland, OR on August 8-11th 2018. Our theme was “One in Christ: Growing into Unity” Ephesian 4:13. Chinese mission started at First Christian Church of Portland by Christian Woman’s Mission Board in 1891. We have returned to this historical place to open new era for NAPAD ministry. We have worship, fellowship and learning opportunities including 4-day young adult pre-convocation event. We had total 270 participants including visitors. I want to express special thanks to Program and Life committee and young adult leadership to make the event another success.

Ministry Team and Communication Coordinator.

Our ministry teams have been working hard in regional and ethnic setting. Especially under minimal financial support, their dedication and effort help our ministry a lot. Besides existing ministry team, we need new ethnic leaders who can work with us for new emerging ethnic group such as Chuukese. Instead hiring permanent staff, I would like to work with those leaders as annual basis by support them with resources and education.

Pastor Baek Hee Kim officially started his work as part time communication coordinator in NAPAD office from January 2018. He has been great help for our ministry.

New Website and quarterly e-newsletter are in development.

NAPAD office is working on developing and improving our communication by updating NAPAD website and begin new quarterly e-newsletter for new year. With Facebook page, these new ways of communication will help our community to share our ministry among ourselves and broader church. These will be done before the end of first quarter in 2019. New fundraising effort including online donation capability in our website is also under development.

 

GA-1714 North American Pacific/Asian Disciples

GA-1714

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NORTH AMERICAN PACIFIC/ASIAN DISCIPLES MINISTRIES
Chung Seong Kim, Interim Executive Pastor
1099 N. Meridian, Ste 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204
PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 713-2685
ckim@napad.disciples.org
www.napad.net
 

NAPAD Board of Directors

Timothy S. Lee (Moderator), Jae Young Rhee (Moderator-Elect), Eula Nicola Pagdilao (Secretary/Treasurer), John D. Roh (Immediate Past Moderator), Caleb Wang (Representative to the General Board), Salesa Faalau (Member at large), Yeahwa Lee (Member at large), Tevita Uesi (Member at large), Cisa Payuyo (Member at large), Ron Degges (CGM Representative), Doug Wirt (CRM Representative), Jessica Kim (Member at large), Sharon Watkins (General Minister & President), Chung Seong Kim (Interim Executive Pastor).

NAPAD Ministry Team

National Ministry

  • Chung Seong Kim, Interim Executive Pastor

Ethnic Ministry

  • Lian Jiang (deployed) – Chinese Ministry
  • Saitumua Tafaoialii (deployed) – Samoan Ministry

Women Ministry

  • Soo Yun (deployed)

Regional Ministry

  • Younglan Kim & Youngjun Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Pacific Southwest Region.
  • Daniel Lee – NAPAD Ministry Team, N. California-Nevada Region. Hyoung Chel Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Illinois Wisconsin Region.

Mission of NAPAD

The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affirms the cultures and heritages of Pacific/Asian peoples within the historic and living Christian faith. As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we join with other Disciples in the total mission of the church, to recognize and promote the gifts and presence of North American Pacific/Asian Disciples in the life and work of the Church.

Purpose of NAPAD

  • To participate in God’s mission through the various expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
  • To contribute to the wholeness and unity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
  • To advocate for Pacific/ Asian Disciples within and outside the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
  • To share the gifts and traditions of Pacific/Asian Disciples with the wider church.

NAPAD ministry continued to thrive in accordance with the Disciples identity in becoming “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world”. NAPAD is faithfully on the frontline of accomplishing the four mission priorities of the Church: Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church; New Church Establishment; Congregational Transformation; and Leadership Development.

I. Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church

In 1992, there were only eight NAPAD churches. After 20 years of indefatigable work, there are about 100 churches (43 among them are new church or newly joined less than three years) in 2017 which consist mostly 18 different ethnic and linguistic groups: Burmese, Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Chuukese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Mongolian, Montagnard, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese, and Zo. We gather to form one community – the NAPAD community. NAPAD contributes to the Disciples being “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Our 20/20 vision is to have 200 pro-reconciling and anti-racist congregations.

  • We have offered culturally adapted anti-racist training (in Korean) in Pacific Southwest Region in consultation from the Reconciliation Ministry.
  • Together with the Council on Christian Unity, NAPAD sponsored Resolution GA 1522, “A Call for Peace, Justice, and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” in GA 2015, we are working with DOM and other partners with ministry to promote permanent peace for Korean Peninsula.
  • In 19th NAPAD biennial convocation in 2016, NAPAD had anti-racism and reconciliation workshop for participating youth and young adult members.
  • After the recent election, there is new fear of racism among immigrants’ community. We are working with DHM Refugee and immigration ministry to develop a specific educational resource to support NAPAD community affected by it.

II. New Church Establishment

The goal of NAPAD ministries is to have 200 healthy congregations by the year 2020. In partnership with New Church Ministry and Regional Committees of New Church Development, we have initiated and/or established new NAPAD congregations.

  • Training of new church planters is an ongoing process that requires the collaboration of congregational, regional, and general ministry. New church planters from NAPAD communities continuously participating in HOPE partnership’s Leadership Academy.
  • The Geunhee Yu Covenant Fund provided funding to Vision of Jesus Church of LA. The congregation used the funds to create vision center (Job training program for local community) and Loving Jesus Christian Church in Pasadena for Sunday school program for youth and children.
  • NAPAD supported Chuukese leadership and ministry development through a youth rally. Together with regional and general ministry partners, NAPAD continues to support and advocate for the Chuukese Disciples as they work on church growth and sustainability.  In October, Rev. Chung Seong Kim visited Portland, OR for Chuukese Church leader’s workshop to develop more robust relationship between Chuukese Community and Disciples, Oregon-SW Idaho Region support this effort.
  • NAPAD is in process of establishing new Disciples Congregations in New York, Boston, Oregon, and D.C. Virginia Area.

III. Congregational Transformation and Pastoral Care

In December 2014, in honor of the late Rev. Harold Johnson, who was pivotal to the establishment and development of the ministries of NAPAD, the Harold Johnson Legacy Fund was established. This fund serves to support NAPAD congregation as they develop and strengthen their children, youth, and women ministries. Through a grant process, funds were distributed in 2016: First Chinese Christian Church in Plano, TX. The congregation used this fund for youth ministry project to support youth and children in the church.

NAPAD keep supporting several congregations in their efforts to revitalize their ministries through diverse outreach programs.

IV. Leadership Development

NAPAD supported five seminarians through providing funds for their internships in congregational and general ministries. This was done with the hopes that they will apply themselves in developing their ministerial skills and leadership capabilities.

  • There an ordination celebrated: Chanhee Heo ordained in Tennessee Region (June 6, 2016) and now serving in Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa, OK
  • In March 1-3, 2016, the NAPAD ministry team had their annual retreat at the Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, IN. At the retreat, the team spent time in prayer, fellowship, devotion and reported on the joys and concerns of their ministries.
  • In July of 2017, with supporting funds from the Oreon E. Scott foundation, NAPAD will conduct a biannual Disciple History and Polity Class for Korean seminarians and pastors, planned to be held at the campus of Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN. The lecturers were Rev. Dr. Timothy S. Lee, Associate Professor of Church History at Brite Divinity School, and other instructors will teach in this event.
  • The Korean Disciples Convocation had leadership training workshop in KDC convocation held in Ocoee Christian Church in Florida on Jan. 19-22th, 2016.
  • Kagiwada scholarship was awarded to Teresa Pecinovsky (Vanderbilt Divinity School). Soonggook Choi scholarship was awarded to Shuiying Jennie Huang (Brite Divinity School).

V. Resignation of Executive Pastor and electing new Interim Executive Pastor

On November 30, 2015, Rev. Jinsuk Chun resigned from his position as the Executive Pastor of NAPAD. The NAPAD board at their meeting, December 10-12, 2015, called for Dr. Geunhee Yu to assume the position of Short-term Interim Executive Pastor beginning January 1 to June 30, 2016.

In June, 2016 NAPAD search committee recommended and the board appointed Rev. Chung Seong Kim as new Interim executive pastor and his appointment was approved and his installation was held in 19th biennial NAPAD convocation in Sunnyvale, CA.

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The General Board has reviewed GA-1714 from the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples. The report is submitted to the General Assembly for presentation and discussion. No action is required. (Discussion time: 12 minutes)