Be Our Church Planting Partner

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My name is Sky (Kwang Eun) Choi. I was born in South Korea and followed my parents to Vancouver, Canada at age eleven. I love Vancouver. It has the potential to reach All Nations. Our mandate is quite clear as Church—to reach the lost to the Ends of the Earth. And, it is inevitable to see more cultural, racial, economic, political and social diversity in the future of here and beyond BC. Accounting already, half of the residents being immigrants or the descent of immigrants, I concur that our backyard and neighbourhood is beyond Jerusalem, but all Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
I am passionate to dedicate myself to the craftsmanship of God’s Church. I am a catalyst to shift every atmosphere in the church to have next-generation thinking and making a safe and motivating space that continues to equip God’s people.
And our Father’s Heart has been clear to me. He aches for the lost. Not that he lacks the power to redeem them, but he earnestly looks for His children to partner in His mission. Thus for this, the church is the primary vehicle and no alternatives are arranged. Why do we need another new church? It is simply because we have more people to reach. A New Testament Church must continue to be formed and shaped organically and expressed in fresh ways to win the people towards Christ.
Education
B. A. | Criminology | Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Pastoral Experience
2010-2015: Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church (Youth/Worship Pastor, Young Adults Pastor)
2010-2016: Jump Ministry Association (Founder/Executive Pastor)
2016-2021: Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church (English Ministry Pastor)
2021-Current: Belonging Baptist Church (Lead Pastor/Church Planter)

INITIAL STAGE (2021)

Like how the Early Church was quickly stirred up in the Book of Acts, we have witnessed how God prepared the pathway long before our imagination of a church plant. Some passionate brothers and sisters got together and an innocent dream began to kick off like a puzzle game. We officially started meeting in our living room in June 2021 when the COVID-19 situation was winding down in BC. A larger gathering place was quickly arranged by July. Brother Ahmad, a missionary from Iran who is operating a refugee centre, gladly opened House of Omeed (Bur-quitlam Area) for our church use. Since then, we have been meeting every Sunday at 10:30 AM for the time of worship & fellowship.
"The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing megachurches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting." —Tim Keller, Redeemer City to City

SET-UP STAGE (2022)

Over the months, we were able to set up our bylaws and incorporate as a society of BC. We met the Fellowship Pacific. We had some growth in numbers and clarified our vision & mission. We are moving to a new space of worship starting in January 2022 with a vision to reach the students.

Vision & Mission

The DNA Embedded Keywords

"We are a family of Christ-followers that value authentic faith and life, committed to crafting the church of tomorrow”
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What’s So Special?

Immigration, and the Children of the Immigrants

Our face is mostly representative of Asian descent. Culture is the most effective way to build a relationship with one another. What about a deeper spiritual conversation? What if our story looks similar to those of new immigrants in Canada? What about the children of the immigrants? It is unique in itself that the demographics of our congregation can reach a certain group of people leaping a few hurdles quite easily.
Roughly 75% of Canada’s population growth comes from immigration, mostly in the economic category. By 2036, immigrants will represent up to 30% of Canada’s population, compared with 20.7% in 2011.

Highest Drop-outs: Young Adults

Young, vibrant, and passionate are a few words that can describe our church. All of the current members are bilingual-bicultural Korean Canadians. We see this as a strength that can reach young people who are trapped in between cultures, particularly within the Canadian immigration context. We understand the highest drop-outs from the church are in between 18-30 years of age. Our goal is to reach out to those who are like us and plant Kingdom Culture in our hearts and our lifestyles.

Music

Music is a special language, a language that transcends culture and circumstances. Not only our core members are musicians, but passionate Kingdom-seeking worshipers of God. We prefer to use modern music to express our adoration to God. We believe that God reveals, heals, and restores people through experiences of genuine encounters with God. And it occurs in times of worship.

Needs

We have been praying for a few things since the beginning of our church:
We are seeking for a denomination/conference that is willing to work with a church plant.
We have been exploring many options for a more permanent worship space that sits at least about 40-50 people.
We are seeking for financial partners for our church. We need people who can partner with our vision.
Currently, all staff are volunteer based. We will need to establish a long-term financial plan.
Once we find a larger space to worship, we are likely going to need some initial finances to purchase Audio-visual equipment and instruments, depending on what kind of place we get—we are open to many options.
Be continuously passionate for the vision to be expressed, and hungry for more of God in our midst.
As of December 2021, #1 and #2 have been answered. We are part of the movement at Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of BC and Yukon. We have to Douglas College (New Westminster Campus) in January 2022.
All our staff are unpaid volunteers and it is critical to maintain the financial stability of the church plant in order to continue. We do not currently have any financial donors who are outside of our church membership.

Three-Year Partnership

>> What is the Three-Year Partnership?

We want to achieve three main ideas:
Developing a sustainable system that financially supports pastors so that they can maximize their capacity for ministries; independent from church attendance size.
Practical approach in staffing based on their gift and capacity in correspondence to available funds in the Special Partnership pool.
Distributing the funds to the pastors in honour of their commitment, passion, and their financial needs; not according to their performance or hours spent for ministries.
The Leadership Team has set a unit system to achieve the aforementioned goals. The Lead Pastor is delegated with an authority to hire and suspend any staff members of the church. We believe that this clause in our bylaw allows the Lead Pastor to bring a cohesive team that is all about God's Kingdom and His mission.
However, the Leadership Team is accountable by proposing and deciding a projected unit amount for each staff member. Each one is designated with units from the share of total projected units and thus distributed monthly as an honorarium for their work for His Kingdom.
*Actual value of a unit may increase or decrease depending on the financial situation.

Currently,

Total Projected Units: 10 Value of One Unit: $400.00 CAD (10 x $400.00 = $4000 to be raised per month —————————————————— Total Funds available in the pool per month (APR 2022): $1400.00

Meet Our Staff Team

Please contact sky@belongingchurch.ca to commit being a Three-Year Partner for Belonging Church planting project. We will set you up with recurring giving either through Credit Card or Pre-Authorized Debit payment.
Through your financial partnership in 2022-2024, we can be on our feet planting more churches across the Lower Mainland.

One-Time Giving