Learn more about New York Presbyterian Church’s English Congregation, including overall mission.
Multi-Generational; Multi-Lingual; Multi-Congregational
In applying New York Presbyterian Church’s vision of a multi-lingual, multi-generational, and multi-congregational model, the English Congregation was formed in January of 2014 from the existing English Ministry. It reflects the biblical mandate of passing on the faith from generation to generation (Deut 6:4-9; Psalm 78:5-8). Now how that happens outside of the family unit, unfortunately, has not been exactly dictated in scripture. What we do know, however, is that within the context of a Korean-American Church, fulfilling that mandate deals with bridging generations and preparing for future generations. That is what NYPC EC is trying to do. We hope to provide a spiritual home for the many 1.5, second and even third generation Korean-American Christians that are out there and also to take on the reins of New York Presbyterian Church.
Gospel for the Urban Community
Every city needs the Gospel. By God’s sovereignty, NYPC is placed in an urban city. So we recognize the importance of positively impacting the immediate area of NYPC. And as the English speaking congregation of NYPC, that role naturally and initially falls on us. Thus we look to build relationships and familiarity with those in the local community of Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria, and Long Island City, in order that more opportunities to share the Gospel and to point our neighborhood to Christ will arise. Ultimately, we are aiming to reach more people with the Gospel.
We also recognize that urban communities become centers for immigrant minorities to gather. As a church with a history from immigration and one that knows the immigrant experience, NYPC desires to continue to take the Gospel to those immigrant minorities as well. So with these two principles we strive to apply the Gospel for the Urban Community.
We also understand that we are a regional church. That means we have people who live outside the city driving in for worship. But we believe you don’t go it alone when it comes to our life of faith. God created us to commune with Him and with the rest of the body of believers. Logistically, that’s not always plausible for a regional church. So to help facilitate that, we have regional small groups. So with five regions: NJ, Western Queens, Flushing, Bayside, and Greater Long Island we meet weekly to support each other spiritually and keep each other accountable. These meetings are also opportunities to reach out to non-believers in those regions as well. So with this multi-pronged approach we desire to build up the congregation of God through regularly meeting together and not forgetting to do so (Heb 10:25).