Korean Council of Southern Baptist Churches In America to Hold Annual Meeting June 23-26

Attendees at the Korean Global Mission Conference join in prayer with Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, during the April 8-10, 201 gathering.  NAMB photo.
Attendees at the Korean Global Mission Conference join in prayer with Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, during the April 8-10, 201 gathering. NAMB photo.

The Korean Council of Southern Baptist Churches in America will hold its 35th annual meeting June 23-26 at the Hilton Washington Dulles hotel.

Two weeks earlier, June 10-11, the Southern Baptist Convention will hold its annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“Two years ago we met in Baltimore,” said Chongoh Aum, executive director of what is known informally as the Korean Council, the nearly 900-church fellowship group of Southern Baptist Korean churches in North, Central and South America. “We could not do that again so soon.”

The Korean Council meetings routinely draw 800 or more attendees. Korean churches in the area provide an eight-course meal of traditional Korean food three times a day for the four-day event. To ask the same people to prepare that amount of food two years after they last did so would not be proper, Aum said.

This year, the dozen or more Korean churches in the northern Virginia area will provide Korean fare such as bulgogi (thinly sliced or shredded beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar and scallions).

One benefit of meeting after the SBC annual meeting is that Koreans will be able to participate in both gatherings, and perhaps for some, take a week’s vacation in Washington, D.C., to visit the nation’s capital, said Aum, who was elected to his second four-year term as executive director at last year’s annual meeting.

“Korean Baptist pastors are brothers with Southern Baptist pastors,” Aum said. “It is so difficult to support missionaries alone, so Korean pastors make association with all Southern Baptists for education and fellowship, and strengthen each other.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Karen L. Willoughby

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