Rev. K Mark

Over the years we see our children grow up in our churches engaged in the youth groups. As they mature into their adulthood of life, some of them continue to embrace their faith while many of them drop out of the Christian community altogether. The heart cry of many Christian parents is often related to the spirituality of their children. I have spoken to many parents over the years concerning the spiritual condition of their children. Why do our youth leave the church? The number one reason may sound simple, but the main reason they leave the church is because they are not saved.

Some parents would argue that is was not the case with their son or daughter. “My son was baptized,” they would say. “My daughter was on the worship team and the fellowship committee,” another would point out. “My son was even a leader on a shortterm mission trip,” another would argue.

Two things you should know about me: One is that I am a product of ACEM. I have been in ACEM more than any other organization in my life. I have served in ACEM churches for more than twenty years and have been supported by ACEM in further studies and many short-term mission trips over the years. ACEM has been a factor in shaping my theology, and practices in ministry.

Two is that I am a strategist. I love chess and other strategy games. I often try to think of strategies on how to share the gospel with the world. Many missionaries and local people of the countries we visited have told me how many evangelists and short-term mission teams have gone through their area leaving hundreds of “converts” but little change in the local church after they have left. The hype was great for those who made the reports for the evangelists or the short-term mission teams, but the reality of a lack of changed lives was often blamed on a lack of “follow-up.”

Being a Real Church in 2015

12 February 2015
Published in Rev. K Mark

Kai Mark

We think in pictures and not in words. The words that we use paint pictures in our minds. If I say “giraffe,” you would have an image of a long neck animal with oddly shaped spots. However, if I say “church,” what images come to your mind? Do you have an image of an organized group of Christians? Do you see church as a place to go to or do you see it as a community to belong? The real church is supposedly made up of real Christians, is a congregation is God approves. The first church in Jerusalem was the example of what a godly church is like. Acts 1:42-47 gives us insight in what is a real church.

How To Keep Your Youth In The Church

Keeping Your Youth In Church:

A Response To “Hemorrhaging Faith”

Hemorrhaging Faith, a Canadian study on why, and when Canadian young adults are leaving, staying, and returning to church, confirmed what many of us already knew, “there is a mass exit of our young adults out of the church.”  Although some have used this study to draw attention to the crisis in youth ministry, it is also an indictment to the failure of our youth ministry.  We have given our teens youth programs without genuine spiritual substance.  We have put our young people into their own little groups away from the influence of godly adults.  The study challenges us to think or rethink our strategies in working with our youth.  When we have statistics that show 60%-90% of our youth drop out of church, it is unacceptable!

Missions As A Lifestyle

12 November 2013
Published in Rev. K Mark

Missions As A Lifestyle

Rev. Dr. Kai Mark Leading Pastor of Unionville Oasis Community Church

Every year we take a couple of weeks to focus on missions.  The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is the heartbeat of God.  We are commanded to make disciples of all nations, wherever we go, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus had commanded.  There are four verbs in these two verses and only one of them is in the imperative form.  In other words, only one of the verbs is in the command form.  The command is to make disciples; all the other three verbs support the making of disciples.  The Great Commission could be understood as this: we are to make disciples of all nations, as we go, baptize and teach.

Being the Church in 2013

25 January 2013
Published in Rev. K Mark

Being the Church in 2013

Rev. Dr. Kai Mark
Leading Pastor of Unionville Oasis Community Church

 

Ever since Unionville Oasis started we wrestled with the question, “What is the church?” The standard answer would be related to a congregation with an organized structure, a building, and their programs.  Churches throughout the centuries have had its process of formal practices, internal politics, and hierarchical leadership. However, there is a growing movement of God that is also the church who are clusters of believers who may meet regularly at a Tim Horton’s for spiritual purposes. They do not attend an established church on Sunday mornings, yet they are part of a growing movement of the body of Christ in North America who are kingdom bound.

Pre-discipleship:  The Forgotten Aspect of Evangelism

Rev. Dr. Kai Mark
Leading Pastor of Unionville Oasis Community Church

 

I have always a desire to see people come to Christ. I have been actively involved in teaching, preaching, and witnessing in many attempts to bring the lost to Christ. Over the years, I can say that I have brought directly and indirectly hundreds of people to the Lord.  However, many of my evangelistic efforts have left my empty and dissatisfied. Even though hundreds have prayed to receive Christ, there are only a handful of them who are truly following Jesus. It is wrong to claim to have produced so much fruit when in fact much of it has rotted away.  I discovered that I am not the only one who wrestles with this problem in evangelism. We may be successful in getting a big crowd, organizing an enjoyable program, and even getting people to pray a sinner’s prayer; but the reality is that we are not very effective in making disciples.

God’s Presence and Challenge

14 October 2011
Published in Rev. K Mark

God’s Presence and Challenge


Rev. Dr. Kai Mark
Leading Pastor of Unionville Oasis Community Church

My recent trip to South Africa, India, and Nepal made me realize the presence of God in my life in the midst of His call and challenge for us as Christians. The trip to Cape Town, South Africa was filled with anticipation and excitement as to what God is going to do. There were over 4,200 participants from all around the world that were personally invited to participate in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. In Canada there were 629 leaders who were invited to apply to attend this congress and only fifty were chosen to go. Somehow I was one of the privileged ones that got the opportunity to attend this very unique congress. It was also my honour to represent ACEM and Unionville Oasis on this trip.

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