When Synod 2014 (the annual leadership meeting of the Christian Reformed Church) approved splitting the Korean classis into two new classes, Ko-Am and Hanmi, it also arranged for mentoring for both groups. (Classes are regional groups of churches.)
More than 60 Korean pastors gathered at the TkoKamsa Mission CRC in Los Angeles for training and mentoring on January 13. They were led by Rev. Kathy Smith, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Theological Seminary, and Rev. Joel Boot, the CRC’s director of denominational ministries.
Rev. Seungchang Choi, stated clerk of the new Ko-Am classis, said, “I learned a lot. I believe that it continues to fulfill the vision of doing something positive to help current and future Korean-American pastors as well as churches in our vital work.”
Rev. Paul Im, the new stated clerk of Hanmi Classis, said, “In its new starting history of two Korean classes, we are glad to see and learn together.” He hopes some day the training and mentoring will include elders and deacons too.