Good Tree Christian Fellowship has a simple goal for their ministry: “A good tree bears good fruit” (Matthew 7: 17). Good Tree was planted in 2007 by Calgary Korean
Baptist Church in an attempt to better minister to the second-generation Koreans who so easily fall between the cracks. What
took place was far beyond their expectations.
Members began reaching the nations almost immediately.
The congregation went from monoethnic (Korean) to multiethnic
(Caucasian, Jamaican, Guyanese, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese
and more). They also caught a vision for global mission.
One of the factors that motivates young adults is inclusion
in ministry, according to the recent Hemorrhaging Faith study
sponsored by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (www.
hemorrhagingfaith.com). And that has been the strategy of Good-Tree from the beginning.
In the very first year of this church plant, Good Tree helped
support members who went to minister in Rwanda. Since then,
members have gone to Ecuador, Guatemala, South Africa, Asia
and inner-city Toronto.
Founding pastor John Huh explains the church’s vision. “There
are two ways you can do church: it can be a place of self-interest
where you are there only to enjoy programs, or it can be a place
where Christians understand their responsibility to live out the
Great Commandment and the Great Commission,” says Huh. “We
decided to challenge the entire church to go on missions.”
Some may ask if short-term missions are the best use of re-
sources. “For our church, we have learned that when a person
can see and experience firsthand the needs of people and how
God is working through them, it is priceless,” says Huh. “Our
experience has been that ministries are in desperate need of
people coming and helping with their outreach programs. When
we send people to the mission field, we
send our education, our skill sets (dentists,
doctors, engineers, nurses, administrators,
teachers, etc.) and our spiritual maturity.”
This doesn’t mean Good Tree organizes
all these mission trips. Its leaders under-
stand there are existing organizations al-
ready on the ground, able to organize trips
better than a local church. Good Tree lead-
ers focus their efforts on motivating, equip-
ping and helping with fundraising.
When it comes to financing, Good Tree
members follow the one-third principle. The
church provides one-third of the cost, the individual is responsible for one-third, and the
team that is going works together to raise the final one-third.
In 2010, after only three years as a congregation, half the
Good Tree congregation went on international mission trips. In
2013 they expect over 40 of their roughly 70 attendees to go on
such trips – and they’d love to see every one do so.
Good Tree members are also active in local missions. Some
minister in local children’s group homes, where their goal is not
to coerce religious conversions but, according to their unofficial
ministry motto, to “let kids be kids.” By loving these children who
have had difficult lives, they provide a greater Christian witness.
Other Good Tree members cook meals at a Ronald McDonald
House, a residence for families whose children are receiving
hospital treatment for serious illness.
Still others operate day camps for community children.
All these forms of service and outreach are ways that Good Tree
members share the blessings they enjoy.
Small Calgary Church Is
big on mission Trips
AChurch YouShouldKnow n BY STEphEN BEDARD
members of Good Tree leading a children's ministry program with C-Quest.
More than half the
members of Good Tree
have served overseas
during the past four
years, and that emphasis is drawing
new members and
igniting their faith.
About Good Tree
of Western Canada