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Change in Power Structure in Chicago 
19th-Mar-2006 10:41 pm
http://chicagoubf.org/view_updates.php?url=http://chicagoubf.org/bbs/view.php&id=recent_messages&no=32

“Times of transition are difficult. Changes in principles and styles of leadership affect all supporting members. As roles are defined and redefined, it is easy for anyone to feel unappreciated or ignored. Our church is experiencing this as we reorganize from a fellowship-oriented to a campus-oriented approach. During such times anyone can struggle with feelings of alienation which give rise to doubt…

…Jesus wants us to see that God is working according to the Scriptures. This is the best medicine to help us overcome doubt. To be quite honest, I have been troubled from time to time over the changes we are making. I don’t change easily. It took one year for me to adjust to having our main worship service at 11:00 a.m. instead of 3:00 p.m. So I kept saying, “Good afternoon” when it was really morning. Recently, I felt my head was spinning with change.”
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20th-Mar-2006 05:03 am (UTC)
Chicago UBF is changing from a fellowship-oriented to a campus-oriented approach. What does this mean? If anyone knows anything about this, please comment on it. Based on the message, some people do not seem to accept the change. This change seems to be a major change after John Jun took over the power. So he must be behind this change. With him, many Korean missionaries seem to be behind this change too since they are the majority in UBF. Since a structural change is the reflection of the change in power structure in organization, we could assume that this organizational change is the reorganization of power structure in Chicago.

What kind of power structure does the shift from a fellowship-oriented to a campus-oriented approach represent? When Samuel Lee was alive, with a fellowship-oriented approach firmly established, every fellowship leader reported to him directly. But with a campus-oriented approach, it is probable that a leader over a campus would be appointed and that leader reports to Jun directly while the fellowship leaders in the same campus report to the director of the campus. Does this mean that Jun is trying to split his power and share it with these campus directors? Who would be appointed to these positions? Probably mostly Korean missionaries. When Samuel Lee was alive, no Korean missionaries could share even small bit of his power. Everyone was Samuel Lee’s subordinate. Now that he is gone, probably many Korean missionaries and other long-time Chicago supporters are trying to get bits of Samuel Lee’s absolute power?

The author of the message seems to be concerned about those who are left out in sharing this absolute power. In UBF it is very common that many Korean missionaries brag about how much they have sacrificed to serve UBF and they insist that their sacrifices should be appreciated. It is likely that those who didn't get their shares of the power would be in doubt that all their sacrifices have come to nothing. Maybe Jun appointed those who are very loyal to him and have personal relationship with him to the directors' position instead of going by how much they contributed to the UBF work. And Jun is using the passage to justify his work in power reorganization. Is this the beginning of religious power struggle that has been observed throughout human history after the absolute power is removed?
21st-Mar-2006 01:39 am (UTC) - Jun Establishing His Power
Does this mean that Jun is trying to split his power and share it with these campus directors?

It is more likely that Jun is attempting to increase his power. If it is correct that Jun is giving the orders to change UBF's power structure, change the worship service time, and change from a 'grocery store to a supermarket,' Jun would only increase in power. The one who orders the change is the one who has the most power. Perhaps Jun wants UBF members to know that he is to be absolutely obeyed just as Samuel Lee was. Regardless of the cosmetic changes or statements of change, UBF leaders have always kept the spiritual order of absolute obedience to themselves.
21st-Mar-2006 04:49 pm (UTC) - Re: Jun Establishing His Power
According to a South American UBF chapter director, having John Jun attend a recent South American conference made him so excited that he felt that he was "dreaming". The UBF cult of personality continues.

In the early 90s I was sent to Korea to "scout out" two potential arranged marriage partners. The John Jun I saw there had meals cooked for him by UBF "shepherdesses" and read very familiar-sounding recycled UBF messages on Sunday with minimal preparation. IOW, he was enjoying the power he had established. What do you expect from a UBF leader?
21st-Mar-2006 07:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Jun Establishing His Power
The John Jun I saw there had meals cooked for him by UBF "shepherdesses" and read very familiar-sounding recycled UBF messages on Sunday with minimal preparation. IOW, he was enjoying the power he had established.

Ironically, he has been praised in UBF (and praised himself) as someone who gave up a "secure" job as a medical doctor to "serve UBF full-time." See this link: http://ubf-info.de/int/late/kmib20041209.en.htm
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