Eugene Cho is a fellow pastor in our denomination. I found this letter to be encouraging and helpful in offering some healthy perspective as we begin our journey as a church plant. The original post can be found here. + Andrew Mook
You’ve been our children’s director and pastor for several years now. You’ve done an amazing job. I still remember the days of Quest (Eugene’s Church) when our – then 2 children – were the only kids at Quest. Through you and Christina, our amazing associate director, and other folks like Becky, Karis, Gordon, Stacy and on and on, God has immensely blessed our church community. When we “hired” you as our children’s pastor many years ago, you were just graduating from college and there were some concerns expressed by the interview committee but I remember sharing with them these words:
Katey may be lacking in experience but this is very clear: She loves Jesus.
And it was also very clear that you loved children and of course, sharing Jesus with children.
Thank you for the ways you’ve invested into the church, the parents, and of course, the children. Since you began your ministry at Quest, you’ve married a wonderful and gracious man (and a great photographer for us!) and you and Corey now have two children of your own. Just several weeks ago, you gave me and the church community the joy of dedicating your newest child to the Lord.
It is amazing to see how many children – babies, toddlers, and kids – roam around the church knowing that this church is also their home church as well. As in the past few Sundays, we have an upcoming Sundays where numerous parents will dedicate and baptize their children to the Lord. And of course, Minhee and I are excited to have our oldest daughter – by her own choice – be baptized. It will be a special day for us and we thank you, Christina, and staff for the ways you teach and demonstrate God’s love and grace to our children and all the kids at Quest.
I have preached on numerous occasions of the error in parents abdicating the total responsibility of the spiritual growth of their children to their church’s kids’ ministry. I am still convicted of this but also know how important it is for parents to believe, trust, and partner with their local church.
I know that it’s easy for any church to overlook the children as well…”not as important as the grown ups.” It’s even tempting to overlook the children’s ministry staff and volunteers. Thanks for reminding all of us that God loves the entire church – especially the children.
So, on behalf of our church, many thanks to you, Christina, and the many volunteers of the Kids’ Ministry. I know that you’re still in need of volunteers so I pray that many will contact you if they are interested.