What is Glocal Mission?

Many are asking, What is Glocal Mission and how does this relate to LINC?  Read below to learn how LINC Houston is making disciples, training leaders and helping to multiply churches locally and globally.

Glocal Mission lies at the heart of everything LINC Mission Director, Rev. David Kim, is and does.

Some churches focus only on domestic/local missions, while others focus only on overseas/international missions. However, Pastor Kim believes the biblical mandate, and God’s desire, is to make disciples of all nations and people next door locally and by going to all tongues, tribes and nations globally.

It is not a new concept but something that is already reflected in Scripture, specifically Matt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. Glocal is a fusion of two words: Global and Local. Glocal Mission simply means reaching the unreached with the Gospel and making disciples of all nations locally and globally.

With a stunning amount of ethnic diversity, North America is the number one mission field in the world, with more nationalities represented. In fact, in our very own cities we have massive mission fields.

“The mission field is right where we are living,” he says, “right in our own backyards.”

Pastor Kim defines the mission field in the following way, “Every heart without Christ is a mission field, while every heart with Christ is a missionary by vocation.”

He raised a LINC Congolese/Pan-African congregation as an example of how we can accomplish Glocal Mission.

“By partnering and reaching Congolese people at home in Houston, they themselves can take the Gospel back to their home countries and to their own language group,” he said.

On July 22nd, Pastor David visited the Congolese church to celebrate a year’s worth of mission in the city.

The church began last year with 25 members and was looking for a place to worship. Working with LINC, Pastor Austin Tshibangu and his congregation were able to partner with Rev. Bauer and Pilgrim Lutheran Church to have a consistent facility in which to offer worship services. Now, God has blessed them with exponential growth, with 80+ people worshipping every Sunday.

Pastor Kim said, “It is so fun and easy to reach and make disciples of all nations right here and right now utilizing the resources God has given to His church!”

“You don’t have to speak their language,” he adds. “Our role is to facilitate and resource, and their job is to reach their own people and make them into disciples, leaders, and missionaries by vocation.”

For Pastor Kim and LINC Houston, all of this is possible because of “churches around the city partnering with us financially and through prayer. Our God indeed is a Glocal-Missionary God!”

To learn more about Glocal Mission, and to see how your church can get involved, contact Rev. David Kim.

Update to post: Glocal Mission is now an independent mission organization that was launched out from LINC. 

Rev. Dominic Rivkin installed as Executive Director of LINC LA

Pastors who participated in the installation service of Rev. Dominic Rivkin as Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles.

Pastors who participated in the installation service of Rev. Dominic Rivkin as Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles.

On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Rev. Dominic Rivkin was installed as the founding Executive Director for LINC Los Angeles.  The event was held at Hope Memorial Lutheran Church of Los Angeles.  Many area pastors participated in the Rite of Installation which was officiated by  Pacific Southwest District President Rev. Larry Stoterau.  

This event is the culmination of years of pre-development work and the prayers of many, that a citywide initiative such as LINC would begin in the City of Los Angeles.  Although Dominic has already been working in this position since early 2014, it is an important step to declare to the church in the greater Los Angeles metro area that the District recognizes his Divine Call to serve in this capacity.  

To learn more about the ministry of LINC LA, please visit their website at www.lincla.org.  Also, keep Dominic in your prayers as he seeks to develop new ministries, leaders and communities for the sake of God's Kingdom.

LINC Houston is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Pacific Southwest District to help launch this new ministry.

LINC Hosts Discipleship Catalyst Retreat

These mission leaders successfully completed Discipleship Catalyst training by Rev. Dr. David Kim at a retreat from January 1-3.

They have been empowered to go and make disciples of all nations! All participants left "fired up" to follow God's great commission to make DISCIPLES who will make disciples. One commented, "This is the BEST way to begin 2015!"

The NEXT Glocal Mission Discipleship Catalyst Training is June 25-27.

Save the date!

New Latino Radio Talk Show

Photo Courtesy of www.Sentidolatino.com

Photo Courtesy of www.Sentidolatino.com

Pastor Luciano Vega-Ayala, IBC Director for LINC Houston, is co-hosting a radio program targeted at Latinos in the United States dealing with the multiple cultures. 

Just a few of the themes the show touches on include, blending cultures together, how to raise your kids within the U.S culture, the clash of different cultures, and how to deal with the issues that arise.

It is a show anyone in the public can listen to, it's a family friendly program. Parents and their children can listen in together. It pushes Christian values, but is not preaching or lecturing. It's a discussion style type of show. The audience can call in, email, or Facebook with the hosts and help suggest topics to cover. Pastor Vega-Ayala and his co-host, Lorna Virgili, don't always agree and bring to the table different view points on topics.

Currently, the show is broadcasting in 15 cities around the United States, and is hoping to grow to a larger audience. 

You can find more information on Sentido Latino at their website. They also have the listening times listed there as well.

Fivetwo Wikiconference

Mark Junkans, LINC Houston Executive Director speaking about three challenges for the Western Church.LINC Houston collaborated with other ministries around the country at the 2011 Wikiconference.  This amazing three day event was generously hosted by Crosspoint Community Church in Katy, TX.  You can find photos of this conference on the fivetwo facebook page.  

Rev. Mark Junkans, LINC's Executive Director addressed the conference in a keynote address that spoke to the need for the church in the west to address the issues of cultural, religious and socio-economic changes happening all around us.  Rev. David Kim, LINC's Mission Director, co-led a multi-ethnic church track with Mark DeYmaz. This important track taught how to lead a multi-ethnic church as well as train leaders for missions from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultures.  

Various LINC missionaries were also present with their leadership teams, collaborating with church leaders from around the country.  We are praying that being a part of this network will enable LINC Houston to better learn from and train church leaders, congregations and ministries around the country.

Check out the FiveTwo Network website at http://www.fivetwo.com.  

LINC Music School

Are you interested in becoming a musician or even a worship leader in your church?  Sign up today for LINC Music School. Download English Brochure and Spanish Brochure.

Spring Schedule

Spring 1 (8 weeks)(No Class Easter week)

March 01 2011 — May 01 2011

Spring 2 (8 weeks)

May 03 2011 - June 26 2011

Vision

LINC Music School is committed to empowering worship leaders of LINC Mission and Partner congregations and leaders from the multi-ethnic communities in Houston for the service of Kingdom both in their respective local churches and communities with their musical talents and giftedness

Course Schedule

Tuesday

Theory-beginner Fundamental music theory and sight reading 7:00 – 7:50 PM 

Guitar-advance Group guitar for advance 7:00 – 7:50 PM 

Voice –beginner Group voice for beginner 7:00 – 7:50 PM

Theory-advance Advance music theory and song writing 8:00 – 8:50 PM

Guitar-beginner Group guitar for Beginner 8:00 – 8:50 PM

Voice –advance Group voice for advance 8:00 – 8:50 PM

Sunday

Guitar-advance Group guitar for advance 3:30 – 4:20 PM 

Guitar-beginner Group guitar for Beginner 3:30 – 4:20 PM 

Voice –advance Group voice for advance 3:30 – 4:20 PM

Praise band LINC international praise worship band 4:30 – 5:20 PM 

Private lesson ( each session)

Private lesson - Guitar

Private lesson – Voice

Private lesson – Violin

Private lesson – piano/synth

Private lesson – Bass

Private lesson – Drum

Leadership Training

LINC leaders visit the International Center with with other students from the Center for Hispanic Studies.Luke 10:2 (New International Version)

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

“Everything lies and falls on Leadership” (John Maxwell). We believe that an intentional leadership development process can multiply glocal-missional leaders. It is absolutely crucial to have leaders to plant new missions/ministries in the vast mission field of Texas and beyond.

LINC has a “farm system” for equipping and sending of new missionary pastors, church planters, and deaconess for the mission field.

LINC Leadership Process (Acts 19:8-10):

Pre-seminary level training:

30 men and women are currently enrolled for three years in intensive Biblical and Theological courses. Instituto Biblico LINC had their first graduation with 9 students and new class begins on August 25 at LINC Mission Center. The course will be Biblical Hermeneutics by Rev. David Kim

Seminary Training (Pastoral Ordination and Deaconness Program):

Concordia Seminary is sending a professor from the Center for Hispanic Studies to teach courses at the LINC  Mission Center.

There are 7 new and 8 returning candidates for CHS) through Concordia Seminary, St. Louis for a total of 15 seminary level students for this year.

For Pastoral Certification: Nelson Hernández,  Arturo Méndez, Antonio Mercado,  Alfredo Chávez, Armando Bárcenas

For Deaconness: Erica Jofre , Rosaura Martínez

Returning candidates: Albert Nieves, Silvia Velasquez, Edward Gil, Noemi Guerra, Senaida Gaytan, Marisela Casillas, Nelson Rodriguez, Perla Rodriguez

The training is not free. The total cost of all this training exceeds $80, 000 per year. Most of these students cannot afford the cost. If you want to adopt one of these students (Per course and per person the cost is $1,700), please feel free to contact at Rev. David Kim, Mission Director for LINC Houston, regional Coordinator for Concordia Seminary (Center for Hispanic Studies), St. Louis.

Glocal-Missional Leadership Institute coming soon. This is to meet the needs of practical training of all LINC Church Planters and missionary leaders. For more info: Contact Rev. David Kim, Mission Director

IBL - First Graduating Class


Francis Oenida Parada, Albert Jamil Nieves, María de Jesús Cabán, Perla Gil de Rodríguez Senaida, Lorena Gaytán, Noemí Guerra, María Estela Aguilera, Marisela Casillas, Mario Casillas The Instituto Biblico LINC celebrated its first graduation on Wed June 2, 2010 at the LINC Mission Center.  

Our special thanks goes to Rev. Luciano Vega-Ayala (Director of Instituto Bíblico LINC), who put his extra time and hard effort for the sake of IBL administration and this successful graduation ceremony with collaboration of LINC missionary pastors and families.

Three students who are currently Concordia Seminary Students (CHS) are awarded by IBL honors for their academic excellency and responsibility. 1st honored place: Senaida Gaytán, 2nd:Noemí Guerra, and 3rd: Perla Gil de Rodríguez. 

Our LINC family is extremely proud of each and everyone of the below listed people and congratulate them at their successful completion of three year's Biblical and Theological Formation. Their academic commitment and disciplined effort have been tenacious and consistent.

Four Pastor Receive Divine Calls To LINC

Pictured: Rev. Mark Junkans, Pedro Jofre, Erica Jofre, Lincon Guerra, Noemi Guerra, Marisela Casillas, Mario Casillas, Rev. David Kim. (Not Pictured - Rodrigo Fernandez)On April 26, 2010, four pastors received divine calls to serve as Missionary-At-Large in Houston, TX through LINC.  They have been studying through the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  The four pastors are Mario Casillas, Pedro Jofre, Rodrigo Fernandez and Lincon Guerra.  

LINC Leadership Summit 2010

This past weekend, LINC held its annual Leadership Summit at 161 West Road. Pastors, Missionaries, Staff and leaders gathered together to reignite our passion for the mission of God. Through Praise and Worship, Bible Study, presentations and round-table discussions, we once again refocused our minds on the reason that God has called us to work for Him. God has truly blessed us with a diverse and dedicated group of leaders across the city who are passionate about transforming our communities with the message of the Gospel.

Church Multiplication

One of our mission goals for 2010 is to plant 6 new congregations. As part of his teaching on church multiplication, Mission Director Rev. David Kim taught about the importance of closing the side and back doors of our churches. It is sometimes challenging for our leaders, who minister in very transient communities, to retain a strong level of committed members. Only through a highly relational and systematic discipleship process will we maintain our congregations.

As Director of LINC Bible Institute, Rev. Charles Wokoma also stressed the importance of equipping our leaders with basic theology and practical ministry skills.

The collaboration and networking that took place at the LINC Leadership Summit was also very beneficial to those who attended. As diverse and spread out as LINC's ministry is, many ministry leaders had not even met each other yet. During a round table discussion with various LINC Pastors, many stories were told about individuals who had recently come to faith in Jesus Christ.

A Life Saved, A Family Restored

Pastor Dimas Jimenez told of one man who was about to commit suicide before Pastor Dimas was able to intervene. Not only was the man saved from physical death, but he and his entire family came to faith and now faithfully attend church at Iglesia Luterana Memorial in Katy.

We praise God for this and many other stories that were shared throughout our time together.