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Seth S. Kim

University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana); Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (S. Hamilton, MA)

Lead Pastor

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love TRAINING and leading God’s people towards their destiny. Whenever I see God’s people living out their God-given destiny to their full potential, it is very fulfilling. I also enjoy TEACHING and illustrating God’s Word so that God’s people can be thoroughly equipped to fulfill the Great Commission. I love seeing people make the connections with God’s truths and their daily lives. As people follow God’s principles, I enjoy seeing their lives being transformed by the Gospel message. Lastly, I love THINKING and strategizing for future missions works around the world. It is exciting to build relationship with future partners in the Gospel and to labor together to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the nations.

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

I think it always comes down to developing and discipling Christ-followers. Whenever I deal with people, I have to remind myself of two things:

1) People don’t willingly want to change,

2) Transformation always takes time.

It is easy to pour yourself into people or things and then come to the realization that it feels like you are pouring into a bottomless jar. But this is when I have to turn to Jesus and tell myself that I cannot change anyone. I have to continue to learn how to depend on God for the maturing and multiplying of Christ’s disciples.

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

By living in Asia, I see a lot of things in our culture that are counter-intuitive to what the Gospel teaches. Some of these things put people in bondage and cause them to seek after counterfeit gods to find our sense of identity and security. But it is in this setting, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ can really set people free. Once we understand their identity in Christ is rooted in what Christ has accomplished for us on the cross, we do not have to seek after idols to find fulfillment or a sense of meaning. Also, we live in a hurting world, where the sense of hopelessness continues to increase. Therefore, as people start to understand the hope that is found in the Gospel, they will see a greater sense of purpose in their lives. This is why I am constantly challenged to preach the Gospel boldly, so that every person who hears God’s truth can experience genuine transformation.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

The one advice has a 3-pronged axiom:

1) LOVE God and people passionately,

2) LIVE for God’s Kingdom with purpose and principles,

3) LAUGH at yourself because you are not that great.