Young Gill Chung
The senior pastor of Korean Baptist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland – one of the first Korean Baptist congregations in the US – is Young Gill Chung. Chung had formerly served as the associate pastor of administration of New Song Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the largest Korean Baptist Churches in North America with over 1000 members.
Spiritual formation is the continuing work of God’s Spirit in the life of a believer in the context of Christian community. As Christ is formed within, each Christian is equipped and empowered to fulfill God’s call to ministry (diakonia), to worship (leitourgia) and to participate in community (koinonia) which builds up the whole Body of Christ. Spiritual formation is also the task of each Christian and involves a continuing discipleship expressed in those disciplines that encourage personal growth and wholeness, leading to maturity in Christ. Theological education encourages personal transformation.
Because of its importance to the ministry, spiritual formation is the central goal of the seminary community. Added to the daily disciplines of individual study and prayer, regular chapel, table fellowship, and mission experiences are built into the curriculum and extracurricular activities through which persons are formed for ministry.