young nak church
Following the sudden death of Rev. Suk Hwan Lee in 2004, Rev. Minho Song was asked to
leave his missionary post in the Philippines to take up the reins as senior pastor of Young Nak
Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto ( www.torontoyoungnak.com). Now a congregation
of about 3,500 Korean and 500 English members, they are walking intentionally into their
community, shepherding fledgling immigrant congregations from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos
and Thailand in a deliberate effort to assist unreached peoples migrating to Toronto.
Young Nak launched its first Five Nations
Celebration in November.
gospel to the whole world
“The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole
world” is the essence of the Lausanne Covenant on which Young
Nak’s vision is built. (The Lausanne Covenant is an influential
international interdenominational manifesto from 1974 promoting worldwide evangelism.)
Young Nak members don’t have to travel overseas to live out
that vision in Toronto, where 50 per cent of the population was
born outside Canada and where immigrants and their children
make up 80 per cent of the population. (There are about 160
people groups speaking 200 languages in Toronto.)
The Myanmar Fellowship was a struggling group of 11 people
in 2005. Unable to pay their rent, they approached Young Nak
for meeting space at a time that coincided perfectly with God’s
expanding vision within the congregation. Recently, from a
group of 110, a second church has been planted.
Following a demographic neighbourhood study, God bur-
dened the hearts of Young Nak members for the people of South
East Asia whose Buddhist background shares commonalities
with Korean roots. Looking around to see where God was work-
ing, they noticed a struggling Laotian home fellowship of 12
people and extended a hand in December 2005.