Our history and demographic identity as a church can be traced back to our journey together with our parents’ Korean immigrant generation. As our parent generation immigrated to the US and grew up in American society speaking only Korean, we grew up as a 2nd generation speaking mostly English. As our 2nd generation grew, we found ourselves in a church of two-generational cultures, two languages, yet of one shared ethnic experience and one spiritual identity in Christ. Thirty years ago, we faced the most important congregational question: Should we part ways due to language and generational/cultural differences? Or should we remain together and grow in our differences?
We decided to remain together. Since then, we have created and are developing what we call an interdependent and intergenerational model. In our model, we have our English-speaking Congregation (EC) and our Korean-speaking Congregation (KC) acting independently in operational leadership, budget, and in weekly ministries; however we remain united and shared in our overall vision and in the collaboration of staff, elders, children’s and youth ministries, and in selected aspects of our missions and finances.
The short-hand for our model is “1:2:1” -- We are a church of 1 vision, 2 households, 1 family. We share the 1 vision to be an open door to a life-changing grace. We grow in 2 different spaces and contexts where we can live as 2 households, but we remain 1 family in life and in Chris