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About Eric Foley
The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Voice of the Martyrs Korea. Over the past twenty years he has trained more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs how to build volunteer and giving programs grounded in distinctively Christian discipleship practices. At VOM Korea (www.vomkorea.com), he supports the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world by spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is a much sought-after speaker and teacher in North America and Asia, and his blog receives visitors daily from around the world.
The Rev. Dr. Foley received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue University, served as Presidential Scholar at Christian Theological Seminary, and received a master’s degree in Applied Communication and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver. He earned a Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is the author of Coach Your Champions, The Whole Life Offering: Christianity as Philanthropy, These Are The Generations and Planting the Underground Church. He also wrote the extended introduction to the Korean release of Preparing for the Underground Church. He is an ordained pastor of The Evangelical Church of North America.
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In this nuts and bolts nonprofit fable, you'll learn how:
-God has already sent your organization all the major donors you need.
-Major donors are about more than big gifts; they're champions awaiting your coaching to make a comprehensive difference in your cause.
-Each and every person who comes to your ministry is sent as a gift and challenge from God - and God is holding you accountable to grow each one to their fullest potential.
As you set aside the secular shackles you've unwittingly placed on your Christian development program, you'll lower the barriers to meaningful involvement in your cause while raising the bar for what you can expect from your ministry's champions - all while having a lot more fun in fundraising.
For Christianity to continue to survive and advance into the next, more hostile and restrictive generation in Korea, it must return to the practices of the very first generation of Korean Christians. These first generation Korean Christians did not simply read the Bible as one of many Christian activities in their life. Reading the Bible was their life. For them, sagyeonghoe (bible examination meeting) was a daily event engaged in by each Korean Christian as they attempted to make their way through this “strange new world of the Bible” they had entered.
What does it mean to be a Christian living in the underground church? It means that life becomes sagyeonghoe. It means that we read aloud, memorizing the Bible texts and reciting them, and then following their teaching literally in daily ethics, moral conduct, and matters of socio-political principle. It means that we undertake this single task as the length and breadth of our Christian life, with the same intensity, focus, abandonment, and allegiance to God as did the earliest Korean Christians.
The purpose of this book is to provide a simple method for living that life, which, as we will see, always leads one perpendicular to the world and thus, inevitably, underground.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CHURCH PLANTING IN AN AGE OF PERSECUTION
For churches in Korea and the free world, there have been many advantages to growing as large, as centralized, and as professionalized as possible. This model has powered the growth of the church for decades.
But life is changing quickly for Christians in Korea and the free world. Governments are increasingly restricting the church’s message. The general public is increasingly portraying the church as a dangerous oppressor that spreads hate and curtails freedom. The world is seeking to persuade Christians to revise the church’s basic beliefs. Churches who resist face ridicule, restriction, punishment, and exclusion.
Large, centralized, and professionalized churches were well suited to prosper in the prior age, but they are poorly suited to survive the present one.
The purpose of this book is to help pastors, church leaders, and ordinary Christians plant underground churches and transition existing churches underground. The book consists of twelve principles that have enabled underground Christians for centuries to advance the faith in the midst of serious opposition. Action steps for church planters and existing church leaders follow each principle.
KOREA’S GROWING SEXUAL REVOLUTION WILL BE MORE DEADLY TO THE SOUTH KOREAN CHURCH THAN THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION WAS TO THE NORTH KOREAN CHURCH.
It is hard to imagine that our Korean churches could be driven underground simply because our views on sex increasingly differ from those of Korean society. Yet as early as 80 years ago, many enemies of the church worldwide were drawing exactly this conclusion: Sex, not socialism, would destroy Christianity.
Sadly, the battle has already been lost in the West. Today, gay marriage is legal in America and Europe; most Western Christians support gay marriage; and many denominations permit openly gay pastors. Christians who oppose these changes face increasing discrimination, restrictions on religious practice, and public hostility.
Hostility toward the church in the free world was predicted more than 40 years ago by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of the Voice of the Martyrs. He wrote Preparing for the Underground Church to help the church prepare for the difficulties that are beginning to come upon it here in Korea. Rev. Foley’s introductory essay shows how Rev. Wurmbrand’s insights are especially applicable to Korean Christians today.
The Whole Life Offering is a unique ancient-modern formulation of hearing and doing the Word as the Holy-Spirit empowered path toward full maturity in Christ. It is one part discipleship manual, one part sourcebook of Scripture and readings across Christian history, and one part impressively researched treatise on how philanthropy and Christian can and must be reunited in order for reach to be true to its roots and effective in achieving its mission.