Outgoing council president Peter Hwang, pastor of First Korean Baptist of Philadelphia, told Baptist Press he hopes the council's work will be "a stepping stone for our next generation (second-generation Koreans)."
said the council has the dual responsibility of serving both first- generation Koreans and second-generation Koreans.
There are about 750 to 800 first-generation Korean churches and 50 to 100 second-generation churches in the United States, he
Church planting is challenging as numbers of Korean immigrants have decreased, Hwang
That combined with the aging of the population and the trend of short-term church members who may come to study in the United States for a few years, for example, and then return to Korea makes it difficult.
supported a bill that would nearly double funding for Korean council missions.
The bill was defeated in a vote during Wednesday's
"Gideon 113" campaign which called for 300 churches to give $100 per month totaling a $300,000.