Church leaders can become consumed by activities, numbers, and plans. Indeed, such leaders are regularly held up in the professional ministry world as models for the rest to emulate. A church planter in South Philadelphia took a different direction–often against his own wishes–and he shares his journey from activity to inactivity, from busyness to stillness, and from being a Martha to becoming a Mary.
Kin Lam is a church planter with the Presbyterian Church of America. His church, New City Church, began worship in the summer of 2005 as an outreach to the working class Chinese immigrant families in South Philadelphia. Kin grew up in Hong Kong and came to the U.S.A. as a college student. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR and ThM). He resides in South Philadelphia with his wife, Kathy, and three young children.