International Mission Board Partners With Korean Baptists

IMB president Paul Chitwood (left) welcomes Jaechul Yoon (right), president of the Korean Baptist Conference and pastor of Daegu Central Baptist Church in Seoul, South Korea, and Sung Ryong Jung (center), pastor at Ever Love Church, during a break at a conference for Southern Baptist and Korean Baptist leaders. IMB photo

Leadership from the International Mission Board emphasized the importance of partnering with Korean brothers and sisters in Christ during a recent conference near Richmond, Va. While Korean Baptists and IMB have a strong history of cooperation, this conference is the next step in further cementing this partnership in new ways.

Throughout the three-day conference, IMB and Korean Baptist leaders heard from IMB president Paul Chitwood, Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear, WMU executive director-treasurer Sandy Wisdom-Martin and Gateway Seminary president Jeff Iorg. Korean leaders included the following: Korea Baptist Convention president Jae Chul Yoon; Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary president Seon Bae Kim; summit coordinator Kwanjae Yoo and Korea Baptist Convention entity leaders Jae Kyeong Lee of the Korea Foreign Mission Board, Ji Young Ryoo of the Korea Home Mission Board and Yo Sup Lee of the Church Development Board.

Korea Baptist Convention president Jae Chul Yoon stressed the significance of the conference not only for the present but also for the future. “The Summit is a historic turning point towards a future of collaboration between IMB and the Korea Baptist Convention,” Yoon said.

During round-table discussions, participants listened to leaders share their vision for answering the question, “How can we help each other?” All speakers acknowledged how much can be learned from each other and that continued partnership will lead to greater success in reaching the nations for Christ. Chitwood highlighted the importance of the continued partnership as he spoke on the heavenly vision John relayed to the church in Revelation 7:9-10.

“We have the privilege of a unique partnership. We know that it has been in partnership that we have been able to take the Gospel further and see more saved,” Chitwood said. “We stand before God humble and grateful and look forward with much anticipation to what He is about to do in our partnership for the advancement of the Gospel.”

IMB leadership and Korean Baptists reflected on what has been working in their partnership and the areas in which they need to grow. Korean leadership expressed their gratitude that IMB had created avenues for Koreans to participate in IMB programs like the Journeyman, Hands On and others.

Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America president Kwon Lee Sung conveyed his excitement in regards to the conference. “We have been encouraged as we look forward to how the Cooperative Program will serve as the key for a revival among Korean and Korean-American churches and for overseas missions,” Sung said.

As Greear focused on the value of cooperative missions, he reiterated Chitwood’s appreciation of the Korean Baptist and IMB partnership. “We can send people better if we link arms together instead of doing it on our own. The role we play in coming together is the cause of mission,” he said.

Daniel Park, pastor of New Song Church in Carrollton, Texas, pointed to Koreans’ zeal for evangelism when asked what IMB could learn from Korean brothers and sisters.

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Source: Baptist Press