AN INTERVIEW WITH PASTOR MIN (1996)
What is your vision for CFC?
The vision for CFC is best summarized by this verse - Matthew
9:37-38 - “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the
Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest
field.” The word “few” doesn’t just refer to the quantity, but the
quality of workers - the quality according to the standard of Christ.
Those that are committed, living according to the standard of Christ,
representing Christ in the marketplace, in their ministries, their
families and in their relationships with others.
What is the most difficult aspect of college ministry?
The most difficult aspect of college ministry is being able to adapt
to changes. The two words that best describe this difficulty would be
heartache and headache. Heartache of people leaving and the headache of
accommodating the incoming people. Ministry involves people and the
people are constantly changing. New people are coming in while the
older ones graduate and leave. The older ones, whether given a position
or not, take on a lot of responsibilities. At the end of the year,
there is heartache in thinking of the graduates and also trying to fill
their shoes. There is also the emotional aspect - pouring out your
heart to people and then seeing them leave. There is about a 50% change
every year - with a total of about 400 members, about 50 graduate and
150 new members come in. But, it’s a good problem.
What is the most rewarding aspect of college ministry?
Seeing lives change - Bratty freshman walking in and godly men/women
walking out. Also, seeing the graduates in action - serving in their
home churches despite the struggles and difficulties. Seeing Christ
magnified in the lives of the people that pass through CFC.
General advice for college students in order for them to make the most of their college years?
College is about growth in three aspects - academic, personal and
spiritual. We are spirit beings; therefore our spiritual lives and our
academic life cannot be separated. If we are doing well spiritually,
then we will do well academically. Studying has a lot to do with
self-control and self-control comes from Galatians 5:22-23 - the fruit
of the Spirit. When you are filled with the Spirit then you will have
self-control. Don’t have unnecessary separation between these three
Advice concerning dating?
Biblical advice - I Timothy 5 - Paul gives Timothy advice on how to
deal with different kinds of people in ministry. Older men should be
treated as fathers, older women should be treated as mothers, younger
men as brothers and younger women as sisters. In male / female
relationships, there is a clear guideline - don’t go over that line of
brotherhood and sisterhood. This principle applies to all opposite
gender relationships. By going over the line, we have offended the
other person and it will affect each other’s marriage in the future if
you end up marrying different people. Don’t go over the line until you
are absolutely certain that you are going to marry that person. Dating
is very over-rated in thinking that you can get to know someone through
dating. No you can’t. Also, people change. Some advice: After building
up a good friendship - not going over the line of brotherhood /
sisterhood - pray about it, seek advice from parents, friends and
pastors, then come to a decision that you will marry that person. Then,
that is when dating starts. Christian dating is an engagement
relationship. Everything outside of that is friendship.
How would you describe your wife, Gee, in three words?
Diligent, responsible and disciplined.
How did you pursue Gee?
My freshman and sophomore year I saw her as just a friend. A lot of
older brother and sisters tried to set us up. So we decided to pray
about it and we prayed for one year. At the end of that year, we
decided that we would get married. So after that, we started to date -
unofficial engagement. We dated for about 3 years and a few months and
then got married in July 1987.
How do you feel now that you have a daughter?
Gee and I are very happy. I need a lot of help and advice from all
the females. I thought it would hinder my ministry because I would
worry too much and care for her too much, but now, I think it will help
the ministry. I will be able to learn more about females and be more
understanding. Then again, we’ll just have to wait and see.
How would you describe Miss Kim in three words
Prayer, selfless and sacrifice.
What characteristics would you most like to be remembered by?
A godly father, a godly husband and a godly pastor.
What is something that you would like to change about yourself? Weaknesses?
There are too many, but to name a few - I need to be more patient. I
need to learn how to pray, how to read books faster, how to use a
computer and lastly, how to rebound.
When you feel like giving up in terms of ministry, what motivates you to continue?
The cross. Me in conjunction to the cross. Other people in
conjunction to the cross. God the Father in conjunction to the cross.
Christ on the cross. The resurrection power that comes from the cross.
I always say that anything is better than going on the cross. I go to
the foot of the cross and then I receive an unending strength. It’s
worked thus far - it’s a proven procedure for me. Hopefully it will
work until I see Him face to face.
Favorite verse and why?
John 12:24 - “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
It reminds me of the cross and what Christ has done for me. It also
reminds me of what I need to be. It explains both the vertical and
horizontal relationship with the cross.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Michael Jordan. Not for the fact that people worship him, but I can
use him as an illustration to talk about how we should worship Christ.
Passion, awe and love for watching MJ. He is a little glimpse of
Christ. It communicates well with people. And of course I like him
because he is so good. He also has a passion as he plays and gives
100%. He is undivided in his pursuit of winning which should also be
the same for Christians, that we should never quit and we should always
pursue that one goal of winning the battle in Christ.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When I was in Alpha and Omega gospel band, we were going somewhere
in the middle of the night. I had to go to the bathroom very badly.
Everything was closed and so we stopped at this gas station. It was
reaching that danger level and I couldn’t wait any longer. So I went
beside the gas station, and suddenly there was a police car with its
high beams on. I almost got arrested for doing a natural thing, but the
police officer understood and he let me go.