Eugene Cho

most exciting aspect of ministry

One of the most exciting aspects about ministry at Quest is our stewardship philosophy.  It has been there from the beginning – even before the church got started.  So, it is exciting to see stuff in my heart/mind come to some level of fruition.  If you want to get to know someone on a deeper basis, you’ll likely want to know how they earn, save, spend, and give away. 

Churches are no different.  We can say all that we want to say with our lips but a church’s budget speaks a great deal to its ministry and stewardship philosophy.  We have a long way to go but after several years of saving a few dollars here and there [Quest is a 6 year churchplant] and tinkering with our nomenclature, we are excited about the church’s 1 Fund and 3 Foundations. Our hope is to grow financially healthy as a church so that we are able to invest 10% of the weekly offering respectively to each of these funds.  We’re probably budgeted to allocate about 15-20% this year and our goal is to eventually grow to invest 40% of the giving to these respective funds:

  • Future Investment Fund.  The purpose of this fund is to save and invest for the future growth and expansion of the church.  This could include large purchases, renovations, new property, etc.
  • Churchplanting Foundation.  The purpose is to invest in new churchplants and/or campuses.
  • Community Development Foundation.  The purpose is to invest in initiatives, organizations, and projects in the local community.
  • Global Presence Foundation.  The purpose is to invest in iniatiatives, organizations, and projects in the larger global world.

So, what happens to the funds in these foundations? 

They are given away.  They are set aside for members and friends of our church to use to pursue their convictions, dreams, and passions.  Obviously, there’s an application and discernment process but we are excited what God can do through the body of Christ at Quest.  We don’t need to build up our institution because we know that more fruit can be produced when we release resources back to the church community.  Even now, I am amazed by the substantive work that many are doing within the Quest Community. 

Currently, there’s about $50,000 [and counting since funds are added every week] set aside each in both the Churchplanting and Global Presence Foundation.  The CDF is a new foundation but we are very excited to see how that foundation can be used to invest in community development in the larger Seattle area.  The funds are in motion right now: Some initiatives are starting in Tanzania, a new missionary is being commissioned in two weeks to China, a school [in partnership with others] will be built in a village in Uganda, a computer lab is scheduled to be built in Goma, Congo, and a Karen/Burmese immigrant churchplant is being supported locally here in Federal Way, Washington.

And I’m really hoping that the church will release some funds via the Foundations above to assist my wife and I as we launch a new humanitarian organization [purpose:  fight extreme global poverty] this summer.

I’m not crazy about numbers but I do pray that Quest will grow in numerous ways – size, depth, presence, etc.  As we grow in depth, I dream about the impact we can have for the Gospel.  I’ve also publicly shared that I’d love to see Quest grow to have yearly financial offerings that exceed one million dollars.  That way, we can ensure that every year, at least $300,000 will be set aside for these Foundations.

These Foundations reflect our ministry philosophy to be a church that funds, starts, seeds, and catalyzes new initiatives, organizations, and projects by Quest Church members and partners.  Simply, we want to do God’s work: here, there, and everywhere.  Or in other words:  locally, regionally, and globally. 

In other words, we want to Live Out and Demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus.

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16 Responses

  1. Meghan says:

    This is extremely encouraging and refreshing that a church would be willing to trust their church community to invest in their dreams.

  2. justin says:

    Quest Film/Media/Visual Arts Ministry!

  3. charlestlee says:

    It’s so good to hear about the direction of your church. Although I have never set foot into your ministry, I’m glad to read about it from a distance. We too, as New Hope South Bay, seek to live with this type of financial stewardship. There is too much at stake not to be this intentional.

    Here’s to your dreams…
    Cheers

  4. andersoncurran25 says:

    I am passionate about global environmental sustainability and I would love to see a quest ministry partnership with churches around the world who seek to help communities move towards sustainability.

  5. Jeff Lam says:

    of course i’m biased on this, but a cool way to be a strong local/community presence is to support teachers at quest, especially those working in low-income communities. they are paid a pretty humble salary, but are nevertheless required to spend a lot of their own money on school supplies/ books etc. it’d be an incredible blessing for teachers to have some access to a fund that would subsidize the purchase of much-needed classroom supplies.

  6. pauljub says:

    What is a “churchplant”; sorry i haven’t heard that term.

  7. Daniel says:

    The most important aspect of ministry should be PEOPLE and PLEASING GOD! And should not be about MONEY!

  8. andersoncurran25 says:

    Daniel: Huh? Isn’t that why he’s asking us how we (the people) think we could further please God as a church? I definitely don’t think there is a focus on money for money’s sake but a focus on how to use the tool of money.

  9. me says:

    good ideas here!

    pauljub: churchplanting = starting [planting] new churches

    jeff: i love that idea. so very practical but tangible way to bless the kids in seattle.

    daniel: c’mon man. are you serious?

  10. Karen says:

    Eugene,
    I love what you guys are doing at Quest. It will be very exciting to see how these goals and dreams unfold through your community. God bless your community!

  11. Karen says:

    Eugene,

    I am very encouraged to read this. I think you’re really on to something about empowering and equipping your church community not only with prayers but with resources. God bless your community!

  12. djchuang says:

    what a thrilling, absolutely thrilling, idea to see these church-based foundations getting launched, and gaining momentum! having been in the foundation world for over 7 years, and having no one to talk to about the stuff I swim in, I’d love to have a chance to visit with your foundation people to trade notes and to learn together, as people with means think strategically about unleashing the overabundance of resources we all have in the US of A

  13. […] gather prayer support and meet her fundraising goals.  It’s also very exciting to see the Quest Global Presence Foundation at work as her vision is partly supported through this […]

  14. […] It has taken a great deal of sacrifice but our church is very excited to finally utilize our Three Foundations in addition to regular support for missions, community, and […]

  15. […] and care for people at our church, impact the city and the larger world through our church’s initiatives and foundations, enjoy a free cup of smooth double shot almond latte with silky foam at the Q Cafe, have freedom […]

  16. […] years past, most of our GS offerings have gone towards various things including our church’s Three Foundations [Global, Local, & Churchplanting] and renovations last year.  This year, we have chosen to […]

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
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Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
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While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

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