Korean-American Pastors Get Heidelberg Catechism Training

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Why is a catechism that was written in 1563 important for faith formation and pastoral ministry? That was one of the questions answered by Rev. Lyle Bierma as he led a seminar on the Heidelberg Catechism for Korean Christian Reformed ministers and lay leaders.

On October 20, leaders from two regional groups of Korean churches, Classis Ko-Am and Classis Hanmi, participated in the one-day seminar led by Bierma, a professor at Calvin Theological Seminary.

More than 50 people, including young pastors and female leaders gathered at TkoKamsa Mission CRC in Los Angeles. Simultaneous translation was provided by Rev. Ki (Paul) Yu and Rev. Christian Yong Ju Oh.

“I’m so glad to learn this beautiful piece for my pastoral teachings, and I hope that this is important for lay leaders as well as young people,” said Rev. O Seog Seoh of Mission Hills, Calif. Rev. Tae Kuk Koh of Buena Park agreed. “I’m glad to be here to overview this great Reformed piece which I learned and knew even in Korea. And I hope that this continues to [be used] in audio or video materials to help wide current and future Korean-American churches.” 

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Jonathan Kim is a CRC pastor of Ye-Eun Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California. He writes news for The Banner and lives in North Hills, California.