Jiho Choi and his spouse travelled to Shawnee from Venezuela where he has begun a campus ministry and is starting a college. His interest is in cultural ministry – music and art , which he taught in Korea before he began his mission work. Choi was the worship leader for the Global Baptist Church in Seoul, Korea – a church of over 30,000 members and probably the largest Baptist church in the world. His father was one of the pioneers of Baptist work in Korea as a church planter and pastor. Choi has expressed how appreciative he is of the scholarship provided by Central, as it would have been very difficult for him to pursue this degree otherwise. His mission work is not subsidized by his former congregation, nor denomination, so he has to raise the support for his ministry.
A Student’s Testimony: Leadership Coaching in DMin Program
I am thankful that Central Baptist Theological Seminary has included coaching as an ongoing element in its D.Min. program. It provides a unique opportunity for incorporation of fresh learnings with ongoing ministry. At a very personal level I have found the coaching relationship to be a genuine gift. As the opportunities and challenges of ministry consistently draw my focus outward, the coaching relationship offers unique and appropriate occasions for intentional reflection. Through thoughtful listening and gentle inquiry my coach provides a safe space for self-analysis and discovery.
After more than 30 years of pastoral ministry I have discovered that it is easy to fall into predictable patterns of behavior and response. Even as many of those patterns have proven to be beneficial, it is refreshing to step aside and see them in light of new situations and challenges. My coach has encouraged me to think again about some of those basic issues of my calling, commitment and giftedness. In light of fresh challenges that inevitably come from new circumstances and perspectives gained from decades of ministry, it has been good to renegotiate some of those fundamental pathways. The future has a different sort of appeal at age 60 than it did at age 30. The professional coaching provided by Central Seminary has encouraged me to regularly step aside from daily concerns and intentionally look forward to an every changing future.