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"The Church Encounters Asia. Beginnings: Korea" with Steve Shields
The first baptisms of indigenous church members in Asia took place in November 1954 in Korea. Japan followed the next year, and India about 5 years later. In Korea, the church grew under the leadership of US military personnel stationed in the country after the end of the Korean War and was modeled on the typical congregation in the USA. In the succeeding sixty-six years, the Korea Church has been challenged with missional relevance, been led by a mix of local and World Church appointee leaders, has enjoyed periods of numerical growth, and has maintained a small but stable membership population.

Nov 5, 2020 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Steve L. Shields
Steven L. Shields, a retired Community of Christ World Church appointee, was the founding president of the East Asia Mission Center, and leader of the church’s work in Korea from 1996 to 2004. He is a past president of the John Whitmer Historical Association and is president-elect of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea. He writes historical and op-ed columns for The Korea Times in Seoul. He is a high priest in the church and divides his time between Seoul and the US (when pandemic restrictions are not in place).