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Change in Power Structure in Chicago 
19th-Mar-2006 10:41 pm

“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.”
20th-Mar-2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Isn't this the way that UBF in Korea's been organized for a long-time, by campuses rather than "fellowships?" Jun is importing Korean UBF practices to Chicago. Maybe this is what he meant by going from a "grocery store to a supermarket" management style.

Probably that is what is happening: import Korean UBF practices to Chicago. I don't think that is going to work out well in Chicago. One reason is that all Korean missionaries in Chicago think that they are the AUTHENTIC UBF missionaries because they used to work under the direct command of Samuel Lee. They have the attitude of looking down on Korean UBF practices. Another one is that Chicago is not Seoul. If Jun thinks that it worked in Seoul so it will work in Chicago too, he is making a mistake. He must come up with what would work for American students. But he is looking for a system that would work for Korean missionaries and their children.
21st-Mar-2006 01:34 am (UTC)
He must come up with what would work for American students. But he is looking for a system that would work for Korean missionaries and their children.

This has been UBF's goal all along. UBF has never cared about how they could better serve American students, only how to better control them. The focus for Korean leaders that do not have the ability to control to the level of Lee is to provide an environment pleasing to the Koreans. Afterall, Americans come and go, so focusing on Americans would only decrease attendance because the Koreans would leave.

21st-Mar-2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Right. They always tried to transfer what worked in Korea to Germany as well.

Our leader sometimes let us plan the invitation campaign and invitation evenings (the main recruiting events). Then we would choose themes and Bible passages that we thought would be appropriate for German students. But then, the leader would tell us we should not use these passages, but choose Genesis 1 and would not accept our plans. He always thought that Genesis 1 was the best text to confront a German student with as introduction to reading the Bible. But in reality, Genesis 1 would only give raise to discussions about evolution theory where the Korean missionaries had no answers and knowledge. Therefore we prefered to take passages about Jesus, and focus on Jesus at first. But our leader wanted us to read Genesis 1 only and other OT passages, not NT, saying this had worked in Korea so well. This was one of many examples. The leaders would rather loose members than diverge from their Korean way of doing things.

They also forced the members to wear suit and tie though this comes accross so unnatural for German students and rather acts as a deterrent. In the beginning, they even tried to force German members to wear these ridiculous white gloves at their arranged marriages.
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