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SFTS CHIMES | Summer 2013
art gallery, and prison ministries. The
leaders of these ministries are educated
theologians who have discerned their
callings and are motivated by the de-
sire to reach out to people in the midst
of their daily lives. On the pages that
follow are vignettes of four SFTS stu-
dents and alumni who are leading in-
novative ministries of sharing God’s
presence in the world.
Demographics and generational
differences are leading factors in the
movement to redefine church and
ministry. Baby Boomers and Genera-
tion X-ers (ages 30-65) are aging, and
many of the traditions they’ve grown
up with are aging as well. For many
in these two groups, and in previous
generations, church took place on
Sunday morning. Sunday was a day to
get dressed up, attend church school
classes and worship, and engage in fel-
lowship with the congregation.
Millennials and Googlers (ages
18–30) are removed from many of the
traditions that have defined the reli-
gious landscape for previous genera-
tions. They are planting a new land-
scape based upon a vision for social
justice, human rights, and grassroots
engagement that is led and motivated
by faith. They may not see their calling
as missionary work, but they are moti-
vated by missional ideologies.
“The Millennials and Googlers are
desirously committed to being a part
of transforming the world,” Presa says.
“And I question whether the church
will catch up. We must listen to what
the Millennials and the Googlers are
telling us.”
“The Millennial Generation, the
Googler Generation, and Generation
X are interested in God’s transforma-
tion of the world,” Presa continues.
“They are more aware, more conscious
of deep human suffering on a global
scale: violence, war, hunger, and deep
poverty. Close to a billion people who
have no access to water. For Gen-X-
ers, Millennials, and Googlers, it’s
about participating in the transforma-
tion of that world to serve the com-
mon good. And if it should include
taking THE church to the people
SFTS student starts street ministry in San Francisco
By Christopher Schilling
W
hat started with a McDonald’s hamburger and a cup
of coffee from Starbucks has turned into a full-fledged
street ministry.
Last October, SFTS M.Div. student Yong Gee Cho felt a call
to reach out to the homeless population in San Francisco. Cho,
who is originally from Korea, has been working recently in college
ministry in Boston and in parish ministry in San Francisco. He
didn’t know how he could help the men and women who were liv-
ing without homes in his
city, but he felt called to
help them in some way.
“It started out just by
me buying McDonald’s
hamburgers and cups of
coffee from Starbucks,”
Cho says. “I would
then just approach dif-
ferent people who were
living on the street and
ask if I could share a
meal with them.”
By sharing ham-
burgers and cups of
coffee with homeless
men and women on Saturdays, Cho
began to start conversations with them, talking not only about their
spiritual lives but about their entire life stories.
“Some of them were dealing with addictions, some of them had
other deep personal pains,” Cho says. “I felt it was my call to share
God’s love just by listening to them.”
Cho soon realized he needed help. That was when he met an
older woman in his community who was so touched by the work he
was doing with homeless people that she offered to provide financial
support to cover the cost of the sandwiches and cups of coffee.
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