In the early part of summer, Talbot School of Theology saw the successful launch of its first Korean language Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) track. Though it was the fulfillment of a lot of work and preparation over the past three years, in reality, it was a vision Talbot had over 20 years ago. With 17 pastors and church leaders from Korea, the U.S., and Peru, it was a wonderful new step in deepening our partnership with the Korean Church.

Those two weeks were life-giving and transformative. The class bonded so quickly. By the second day, it felt like lifelong friends had reunited at the beginning of class. We learned skills for ministry, but also wrestled through what it means to live out the gospel in all facets of ministry. In a nation so strong in duty, sacrifice, and drivenness, we shared a vision of what the church in Korea could look like if instead of being driven by personal agendas, our ministries were marked by a people drawn to His grace. How would things be different if we were compelled by His love, if we painted a picture of His gospel each week, and if we ourselves basked in His mercy each day? We had several holy moments where we had to pause, pray, repent and worship in the middle of class. Some said their lives had changed, others said their vision for ministry was “re-born,” but the one thing many of them said was, “I leave here happy.” I felt so fulfilled and hope-filled that I met these new partners in the gospel and, even more than that, friends. Pray that these seeds of the gospel would reap a mighty harvest of joy-filled, love-compelling, gospel-cherishing churches in Korea and around the world. I'm so happy too.

Talbot School of Theology’s new Korean language Doctor of Ministry track called Strengthening the Skills of a Shepherd provides Korean pastors with opportunities to grow in their preaching, pastoring and leadership skills, as well as take them on a deeper journey toward spiritual formation. This track is being led by professor, pastor and author Dr. Eddie Byun. Learn more on Biola's website.