the church of the 21
As change becomes
throughout the church,
the face of ministry is evolving
to meet these challenges, and
nontraditional forms of outreach
are appearing in places where one
would least expect to see them.
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the church, that would be great. What that
means is that God will use all people, and
if the church is slow to get on board, these
three generations will find other means and
Asked if seminaries are still relevant,
Presa declares, “Now more than ever.”
Change is not always easy, but neither
was the life modeled by Jesus Christ. God
is guiding us through this season of change,
this kairos moment. Led by God’s purpose
in the world, we try to do God’s work, em-
bracing the challenges before us and shin-
ing the beacon of Christ’s light in all places
... be it a bookstore, a theater, or a riverfront
Kay Carney is SFTS vice president of
“It was such a wonderful blessing to have her support,” Cho
This wasn’t the only surprise Cho found as his ministry began
to grow. He soon met a local hairstylist who offered to assist him on
Saturdays by providing haircuts to those who needed
them. Later, Cho met a dental student from the
University of California-San Francisco who of-
fered to provide free dental care.
Cho recalls one homeless man he met in San
Francisco who was suffering from the effects of lice.
The volunteer hairstylist was able to remove the lice
from his hair and body, and Cho provided him with
a set of donated clothing.
“He told me he looked like a businessman,” Cho
says. “He was really overjoyed.”
While seeing people in such difficult places and
situations can be painful, says Cho, remaining focused
on sharing God’s love is what enables him to continue
to serve those on the streets.
“I think the church is about reaching out to the com-
munity,” he says. “It’s not just about ministering to people
in the pews, but ministering to those who aren’t in the
pews. Christ met the people who were not the churchgoers but
those who were marginalized.”
Cho says his ministry has been a moving experience for him and
for his children as well. He frequently brings his children with him
when he ministers on the streets. He says this teaches them about
issues related to poverty as well as about serving those in need.
“Bringing my children has helped them learn to meet those we
are serving,” he says. “It allows those who are homeless to meet my
children and for us to connect on a deeper level.”
Cho is hoping to expand his
ministry to provide more care and
services for those in need. He also
hopes to start a street worship ser-
vice that will include music.
While Cho continues to ex-
plore what God has in store for his
ministry, he remains appreciative
for those who helped inspire and
guide him through the creation
of his outreach to those on the
streets. Cho especially cred-
its two SFTS professors: Jana
Childers, professor of homilet-
ics and speech-communication,
and Laurie Garrett-Cobbina,
Shaw Family Chair for Clini-
cal Pastoral Education.
“They have been tremendous
mentors to me and have helped
guide me in ministry,” he says.
Cho says he has been applying what he learns in the classroom
to his ministry out on the streets, which he describes as a min-
istry of meeting people and sharing God’s love. “My ministry is
about trying to meet people where they are,” Cho says. “That’s what
Christ did and what we are called to do.”
Christopher Schilling is a 2013 M.Div. graduate.