Subject: West Side Update – March 3
March 3, 2014
“I started thinking, ‘What does professional success actually look like?’ Because the harder I worked, the less and less likely it seemed that it would be enough, as that’s not where true peace and sufficiency come from,” says Ted Jeon.
Ted grew up outside of Philadelphia and went to Princeton University. He has lived in the same apartment on the UWS since moving to the city in 2007. He worked for two years at Goldman Sachs and is now a Vice President at a private equity firm in Westchester.
Ideas about faith and work weren’t new to Ted — during college he'd been an active member of a Christian fellowship that was led by David Kim, who’s now the executive director of the Center for Faith & Work and the Gotham Fellowship. But after being in the workplace several years, Ted says, “I saw the need to be able to better apply my faith in concrete ways in my career.” So he did the Gotham Fellowship in 2013.
Gotham was a huge influence in thinking a lot more about how to actively live my faith during the week as well — to parse that out and really try to figure out what that means for me,” says Ted. “I work just as hard as I did before, but I’d like to think that at least on the margins, I find less of my meaning and joy in life from the outcomes. I can’t say that I’ve fully accomplished that, but to be more aware of my idols and ‘disordered loves’ has been eye-opening and liberating.”Outside of work, Ted is a big sports fan: he’s in a weekly basketball league and plays golf and tennis. His favorite UWS restaurant is Ocean Grill, for the simply prepared seafood. And when he was in middle school, Ted placed ninth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee: “So I can say I’ve been on ESPN.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
This year our sermon series have centered on the seasons of the church calendar: Advent, Epiphany and, starting this Sunday, Lent. One reason these “seasons” are helpful is that they remind us of the narrative arc of Jesus’ life, tracing his journey from the cradle to the cross. They also remind us that our church is historically connected to the communities of Christians who for centuries have celebrated the gospel through the church calendar.
Redeemer as a church also has a narrative and vision that inform our West Side congregation’s ministries. So as we transition from Epiphany into Lent, marking another major shift in the narrative of Jesus’ life, I thought it might be helpful to remember the larger 25-year narrative and vision that inform our West Side congregation.
As a church of Jesus Christ, to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
In particular, the West Side congregation seeks to advance Redeemer’s vision by the ways we:
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Eph. 2:19–20)
Rev. David Bisgrove
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