Good Leadership

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
If any of you have ever been in a leadership role, you will know that being a leader is not easy. In fact, one of the hardest parts of leadership is addressing issues that arise with the people you are leading.

Lt. Gen. David Morrison, who is Australia’s Chief of Army, addressed his troops directly via video about an investigation regarding explicit e-mails about female staffers that were sent by officers and other soldiers. It is an effective video because it has all the good characteristic traits of admonishing people who fail to act with integrity and honor, which can ultimately ruin an organization.

Jena McGregor, a columnist for The Washington Post writes,

“He starts by shaming those involved in the alleged incident or who would consider any similar action by reminding them that they’ve let down the veterans they respect. Their actions, he says, let down not only those currently serving, but ‘all of those whose past service has won the respect of our nation.’ It’s also convincing for how he reminds members that eradicating the Australian Army of such inappropriate behavior is not just the job of leaders, but of everyone: ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,’ he says. And his message is commanding for how direct he is about the consequences for behavior that is demeaning toward women. ‘If that does not suit you, then get out,’ he says, noting he will be ‘ruthless’ in getting rid of bad apples. ‘You may find an employer where your attitude and behavior is acceptable, but I doubt it.’ He closes the video this way: ‘If you’re not up to it, then find something else to do with your life,’ he says. ‘There is not place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters.’

This style might not suit everyone, but it is a good lesson for all leaders to learn how to address issues when it affects the whole organization.
 
 

Father’s Day 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
Being a father is probably one of the hardest callings in the world. But once you embrace it, there is nothing more fulfilling. On this Father’s Day, I am thankful for the privilege of being a father to my three children.

It is my prayer that I will continue to do my best to reflect Christ in all that I do, even though at times I fail.

To all the fathers at HMCC, I am thankful that we are on this journey together. Let’s raise up the next generation of people who will transform the world.
 
 

God Writes Love Stories

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
In a world filled with superficial romances, it is refreshing to hear about a love story that is leaving people flabbergasted. Often times, when people try to find someone to spend the rest of their lives with, they fluctuate on the extremes. They either look for someone with “form” (looks, height, body shape, ethnicity, etc) or someone who will play the spouse “function” (meet their needs, companionship, have children, etc).

We all want both – the form and the function.

But sometimes God might surprise us with a person that will not have everything that we wanted as a little kid watching all the Disney movies.

Fact: We will all get old and some aspects of the “form” WILL change. Also, as a couple goes through different life-stages, the “function” WILL change or even disappear.

This is why it is imperative that we find a person that we believe God is preparing for us in order to make us more holy and Christ-like. There will never be a “perfect” person because we are all sinful. But we are gradually being made “perfect” (Col 1:28) by His grace as we reflect more of Christ in our lives.

Here is a video of Nick Vujicic and Kanae Miyahara and their incredible love story. There is no denying that God is the author of it. Their story is also being used as a powerful testimony to demonstrate the greatness, goodness, and glory of God.

May God write all of our love stories for the full display of His glory!
 
 
 

The Music of Our Lives

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
This TEDS video inspired me. It reminded me of an important life lesson that I keep on forgetting in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life. So often in life, we try to achieve lofty goals but in the process we lose our heart.

Ji-Hae Park is an incredible violinist who had aspirations of becoming a world famous violinist; but in that pursuit she fell into a severe depression. What was once a love of her life became something that led her to a downward spiral.

The irony of her story is that music eventually led her out of the depression.

But now, the key difference is that she is playing the violin to show forth the beauty of music to the world. Ji-Hae’s love for music became a gift that she shared with people. She learned that if she played just for her fame and fortune, it would lead to despair. But if she played for others to enjoy the power of music, it would lead to freedom and joy.

When you watch the video, you will see the joy and passion shine.

I’m wondering how many of us lost the sense of wonder and joy of our relationship with Christ. We might have replaced it with meetings, serving and doing a lot of tasks for Jesus. But what did all those things lead to?

It is critical that we get back to the heart of worshiping Jesus for who He is. This is when people will be able to see a joy and passion like never before.
 
 
 

The Importance of Dads

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
I am constantly reminded about the importance of the father-son relationship. Even though the son’s relationship with his mother is just as important, there is something unique about the father-son relationship.

I have been trying to teach my boys about being a R.E.A.L. man. The acronym stands for: Reject passivity, Exemplify integrity, Accept responsibility, Lead courageously. A person can learn these principles from anyone, but when a son sees these traits modeled by their dad, it powerfully reinforces the significance of manhood.

This is something I want to keep on growing in, as my time with my boys will be limited as they go off to college.

The best way to teach them principles is by spending time with them. It is critical to find teaching moments through the daily things of life. I am praying that every father can make the investment to raise up the next generation of men.
 
 

TEAM Community Team #18

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Victories, Viewpoint

 

Photo by gbtan.org
 
 
 
This weekend we are having our leadership team summit for the 18th time in our church’s history. It is hard to believe that HMCC in Ann Arbor is finishing off its 17th year of ministry. There are lots of memories. Lots of ups and downs. But at the end of the day, there is nothing but joy and thankfulness for all that God has accomplished.

Sometimes when we do the same routine for a long period of time, it is easy to forget about God’s faithfulness. We quickly forget the history of how things got started. As I pause and reflect on the last 17 years, I am grateful that God brought us through different seasons. Many people have come and gone; and we have raised up many generations of people who are now making an impact around the world.

This weekend we are starting our 18th leadership team. With the new generation of people on our leadership team, it is important that tap into the 17 years of history and tradition. I was inspired by the Michigan Football Tradition. I always found it fascinating that they name their football team according to a number. This year’s 2013 team will be Team 134. The reason behind this is because of the 134 years of Michigan Football. The 2014 team will be Team 135.

Starting this year, we are going to use the University of Michigan football team number reference to identify our leadership team. Therefore, this year’s leadership team will be known as TEAM Community Team 18.

The reasons for this are:

1) To bring a sense of history. Due to our context on a college campus, there is a lot of turnover. In our church change is constant because people are always in transition. Therefore, new leaders are not familiar with the HMCC history or tradition. Also, it is easy for some of the older leaders to forgot how everything got started. This is why we have to keep on telling the His-stories.

2) To bring a sense of unity. Championships are won by teamwork and not by a single person. When everyone is unified and does their part, great things can be accomplished. We cannot put the focus on just one person. The only person who deserves the spotlight is Jesus. We need to make it more about Jesus than anything else. Therefore, if the leaders think and act as team, we will do great things.

3) To bring a sense of sodality. Webster’s Dictionary defines, “sodality” as, “an organized society or fellowship.” We all need to know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. It is important that people realize that things don’t revolve around them, but rather on a bigger vision and mission. When people in a community share the same values to achieve a goal, they experience oneness of heart. When championships are won, even the trainers get a ring because they are part of that group.

I am looking forward to partnering up with Team 18. It is going to be a great year!
Let’s win some championships!

Captivate Us. Devastate Us.

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
This song has been on repeat throughout the day. There are times when a song has a way of ministering to you at just the right time. Usually, it is a combination of the song’s words and the situation you are facing at the moment.
 
 

Your face is beautiful
And Your eyes are like the stars
Your gentle hands have healing
There inside the scars
Your loving arms they draw me near
And Your smile it brings me peace
Draw me closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee
Captivate us, Lord Jesus
Set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence
Falling down
And rushing river, draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus, with You
Your voice is powerful
And Your words are radiant bright
In Your breath and shadow
I will come close and abide
You whisper love and life divine
And Your fellowship is free
Draw me closer O my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee
Let everything be lost in the shadows
Of the light of Your face
Let every chain be broken from me
As I’m bound in Your grace
For Your yoke is easy, Your burden is light
You’re full of wisdom, power and might
And every eye will see You

 
 
 

Diversity in the Body of Christ

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
There is something very beautiful about blending in various styles of music together. Not only does it give a fresh flavor to the song, but it highlights the uniqueness of the different styles. I have always been a Gospel Choir lover. I still remember my first Gospel Choir concert that I attended when I was in college. It gave me goosebumps as they were singing songs with so much passion, rhythm and soul.

In many ways, it is similar in the Body of Christ. When people with different personalities, talents and gifts come together, beautiful music is created. When everyone is in sync, it glorifies God. I am praying that churches in a region or a city is able to understand this. No two churches are exactly alike. This is why we need to learn how to appreciate and honor different churches in our area.

When we are able to come together in unity, the world will be able to hear God’s melodies; and there is a good possibility that they might even like it.

This is one of my favorite U2 songs, but the song was elevated even higher with the Harlem Gospel Choir step into the picture.
 
 

LIBERTY Mission Update #5 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 
God always has a way of taking something that is familiar and giving it a fresh perspective. The Cambodian church that we visited on Sunday was singing the song, “I Can Sing of Your Love Forever.” I think I sang that song hundreds of times, but for some reason, when I heard it sung in Khmei and the people who have been rescued from sex slavery started to sing, it wrecked me.

It was at that moment, I realized (again) how a song is powerful not only because of the words and the music, but because of what it means to the person who is singing it. This is why worship is always a good indication of what is going on in a person’s heart.
 

Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
Of when Your love came down

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever

Oh I feel like dancing
It’s foolishness I know
But when the world has seen the light
They will dance with joy
Like they’re dancing now

LIBERTY Mission Update #4 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 
We arrived safely in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning. Then we spend the afternoon walking around the city and observing everything that was happening around us. In the evening we did some investigative filming. It was truly eye-opening.

Then on Friday we spent the whole working with a ministry. It was a phenomenal place filled with incredible people. Even though it has only been 2 days in Cambodia, God is speaking powerfully to us. We are truly grateful and humbled by what we are seeing here.
 
 

LIBERTY Mission Update #2 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 

Persona Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Victories, Viewpoint

 

Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
We started a new series called, “Persona” this past Friday at Access, our gathering for college students. The dictionary defines, “persona” as, “a person’s perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity,” “personal image or public role”. We all know how our public image does not always match up with our personal/private image. This is why we all struggle with issues of hypocrisy, authenticity and honesty.

As we started the night, it was exciting for two reasons: 1) The gathering place was packed and filled with students who were hungry for God; 2) Diana, one of our staff members, under HMCC’s pastoral covering, shared God’s Word.

I can’t wait until we can get the message online so that people can listen to it. Even though this was her first time, God used Diana powerfully as she shared God’s heart about authenticity and honesty. She set the example of being brutally honesty and vulnerable by sharing from her own personal life. I am praying that God will raise up more college students with character of honesty and authenticity.

As I have said many times before, “Our CHARACTER is the CONTAINER that CARRIES our CONVICTIONS.” If our convictions and dreams are big, then we need a bigger container. So let’s get busy building up our character for Christ.

Commitment Until Death

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
Whenever I see or read stories about couples who have been married for a long time and how they are still in love, it inspires me. Many people do not fully understand the level of commitment that is required when they say their wedding vows on their wedding day. For some people, it is just a formality. For others, they genuinely say it, but do not know the fully extent of what is required.

When things are good, everyone is happy. But when things are bad, it challenges the commitment that was made on the wedding day.

With each passing year, I am humbled to know that my wife, Christina made that commitment to me. Through all the ups and downs, she has remained a steady rock in my life. I am inspired.

This video shares a little bit of my heart for the woman I said, “I do” to in front of God, our families and our friends.
 
 
 

Inside Out Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 

Designed by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
Often times, change comes from the inside out. It is a work that God sovereignly does in our hearts. But a part of the change process requires our responsibility to faithfully exercise the spiritual disciplines. It is not a matter of legalism, but rather it is an issue of obedience. God designed things in such a way that when we cooperate with Him and do our part, He will bring forth His transformative work in our lives.

We want to start off the 2013 year on the right foot.

As we participate in practicing godly habits, God will use our obedience to bring forth changes from the inside out. This coming Sunday we are starting a new 2-part series called, “Inside Out” where we will examine “inner” spiritual disciplines as well as “outer” spiritual disciplines.

God is weaving a beautiful tapestry from the messiness of our lives; but it will have to start from obediently seeking His face from the inside out.

Join us in the journey!