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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 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think "fellowship-based" is just what you described for Germany. There are (used to be?) multiple UBF fellowships on a large campus like UIC in Chicago. Something like fellowships (smaller groups) might be retained, but now there's a new position called the "campus coordinator" for each campus that UBF operates on.
20th-Mar-2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
But what be different in the "campus-based" approach? No more "circles"/fellowships? No more "fellowship meetings"? I don't believe so. It was a very efficient instrument to control and supervise the members.
21st-Mar-2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Previously, Chicago UBF had two-tier structure with fellowship-oriented approach: Samuel Lee and fellowship leaders. There used to be about 25 fellowships in Chicago. All 25 fellowship leaders directly reported to Samuel Lee. There was not middle-tier between Samuel Lee and the fellowship leaders. This sort of characterizes Samuel Lee's absolute power. He controlled all 25 fellowship leaders directly. But now with campus-oriented approach, Jun is setting up the middle-tier that never existed before.

This middle-tier is called "coordinator". So they have now three-tier structure: John Jun; coordinators; fellowship leaders. This seems to be kind of de-centralization of the power concentrated solely on one person Samuel Lee. If there are some missionaries who are not happy with this decision, which was impossible when Samuel Lee's absolute power was in place since it was regarded as Satan's work for anyone to express negative opinion about Samuel Lee's decision, this also could be the sign of weakening of the previous absolute power.

It remains to be seen how many Korean missionaries would leave Chicago to pioneer new chapters or to join other chapters as prayer servants until the new decision is completely implemented. It would be also interesting to know who would be appointed to take up the new middle-tier power by Jun. My suspicion is that most of the power will be distributed among Korean missionaries and one or two native leaders will be also appointed to the position as example to show that Jun is working to strengthen the native leadership. Jun needs support from Korean missionaries and also from native leaders. That is another difficulty he needs to handle in Chicago but he didn't have to worry about it in Seoul. Maybe that could be another reason he had to create the new middle-tier.
21st-Mar-2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Ok, I understand. But I would not call it "de-centralization", since all campus leaders ("coordinators") will probably still report to John Jun. In a way, UBF is even more centralized now. In the past, Korea and USA had been somewhat idependent UBFs (though Lee of course tried to control Korea as well). But now the power is much more centralized in the hands of John Jun. The only difference is that th centralization will be less direct, i.e. the already existing pyramid will get an extra layer. So overall, it is not a big change, and it seems to only effect Chicago UBF, not the rest of UBF which always had that extra layer.
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