Title

The reformation of the Household Church Worship: finding effective ways of leaving spiritual legacies to the next generation.

Date of Award

5-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Drew Theological School

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to help the Deep Springs KMC find effective ways of leaving spiritual legacies to the next generation through reforming the current household church worship. Leaving spiritual legacy is the great mission of churches given by God (Deut. 6:4-9, Shema). The Deep Springs KMC created a special family integrated worship time called the 'Household Church Worship' in order to leave spiritual legacies. The first generation hopes that both generations would share their love and faith by worshipping together, and resolve the intergenerational conflicts caused by the language barrier and cultural differences. In this atmosphere, the first generation parents believe that they would pass their spiritual legacies down to the next generation. However, there are some negative aspects in the current household church worship because the first generation and the senior pastor created the worship service without listening to the thoughts, and experiences of the second generation. The second generation, who is familiar with English, had to sing hymns in Korean and hear the senior pastor's Korean sermon. It prevented the second generation from participating in the worship and from receiving spiritual legacies of the first generation. Therefore, the Deep Springs KMC needs to reform the current household church worship. Through deep discussions about the current household church worship, the Lay Advisory Committee (LAC) and I found that the time of praising and preaching should be reformed. First, the LAC members and I reformed the praising time by singing a hymn and a CCM song which the second generation prefers, and by preparing the sheet music of hymns and CCM songs in both languages. Second, the preaching time was reformed by having a five-minute sermon of a pastor, a five-minute testimony of a layperson and a time of sharing participants' stories of faith in their own language. The reformed household church worship showed the image of the 'household of God.' (Eph. 2:19), and gave both generations opportunities to take care of each other's soul, to resolve the intergenerational conflicts, and notably for the first generation to leave spiritual legacies effectively to the next generation.