.W stands for DOTW, which is short for Doers of the Word, a reference to Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 7:24, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” .W Lay Church is a network of congregations of the Evangelical Church of North America, meeting in places like Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea.
For the last several years we’ve been learning, along with North Korean Christians, how to do lay church—and it’s been beyond exciting to watch the results. In the time it takes American Christians to come to understand even the basic principles of the gospel, “amateur” North Korean Christians are teaching others, planting churches and literally laying down their lives for the gospel.
With that in mind, we decided to plant our own lay church, in the west—.W Lay Church, in Colorado Springs. Even before we planted it, it spread to Korea, to interested “amateur” believers there.
Now that we’ve been underway in .W for a little while, we’re seeing the same things we’ve seen among North Koreans—the same things that Christians have seen throughout history all the way back to the New Testament: believers growing to fullness in Christ, surprisingly quickly, without external accoutrements like buildings, paid clergy, or study Bibles for everybody.
As a result of our experience, we’ve formulated twelve principles that are necessary and sufficient to enable “ordinary” Christians to launch lay churches that help members to grow to fullness in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are interested in learning more about .W Lay Church, please contact us by sending us an e-mail.
The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide. Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and the Seoul USA executive team oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service.
Rev. Foley pastors .W (which stands for DOTW, or Doers Of The Word) Evangelical Churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea, congregations of The Evangelical Church of North America denomination. Over the past twenty years he has helped more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs learn how to build volunteer and giving programs. Most recently, he has focused on teaching Christians in countries with freedom of religion how to adopt the discipleship practices of the North Korean underground church.
Rev. 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 is currently a doctoral student and Nonprofit Fellow in the Doctor of Management Program in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where his research centers on the happiness of North Korean defectors. He is an ordained pastor of The Evangelical Church of North America.
Rev. Foley and his wife, Hyun Sook, the Co-Founder and President of Seoul USA and a doctoral student at Regent University, divide their time between Colorado and Seoul. They have four children. His books, Coach Your Champions and The Whole Life Offering are available through amazon.com. His congregational training manuals and persecuted church discipleship manifesto Church is for Amateurs are available through Seoul USA.
Suzanne Dubois trained and consulted with more than 400 Colorado ministries over the past 6 ½ years. She is a prominent speaker, equipping ministry leaders in fundraising, board development, events, and marketing. Suzanne has a joy for learning and currently is pursuing an MA in Christian Leadership through Denver Seminary. She is passionate about the work Christian nonprofits do, and is committed to seeing them excel in the area God has called them to.
He also oversees media relations and is responsible for the web-site and social media pages associated with Seoul USA and DOTW. Most recently, Tim has been involved in the promoting of These are the Generations, a new book that chronicles the faith of three generations of Christians within North Korea. Pastor Tim received a bachelor’s degree from Zion Bible College and an M.Div. from Regent University. He is currently an “elder in transfer” with The Evangelical Church of North America.
When he is away from the office, he can be found spending time with his wife Melissia and their three children in and around Colorado. They enjoy hiking, camping, and of all things . . . exploring new kinds of root beer!