Do Recycled Visions fuel the Lutheran Church Growth Machine?

FiveTwoHere is something  to point out about the five-two thing.
http://www.fivetwo.org is a South Korean organization “started by Alex Lim and Matt Suhocki to help missionaries with fundraising.” It works out of “Jubilee Church” [The Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions (KAICAM)] They picked the name for their “missional movement” as stated in their mission statement: “The mission of Five Two Foundation is to multiply God’s resources for the common good. Our name is derived from the story of Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish. ” This foundation appears to date back to 2004, though we are not able to find a definite start date (see this newsletter from 2009 saying four years ago they started http://storage.cloversites.com/jubileechurch/documents/November_Hub.pdf). Their domain name was registered on April 2, 2008.

In another turn the visionary of 5-2 may go back to Christian rapper KJ-52. He may be the first to publicly express this reasoning for using the 5 2 numbers. This he did in 2000, and there is an issue of HUB magazine from Jubilee church that points out the Koreans decided to adopt the 5-2 name back in 2004.  See more about him here or here.

Now, enter Katy, TX-same name, same “goal”, similar “MO” to that of Jubilee Church (http://www.jubilink.com/en/fivetwo) but with a thin “lutheranish” veneer. And the reason for the name?

” Actually, the name careened out from the doctored brain of Scott Rische who deftly explained the five thousand plus were fed by five loaves and two fish belonging to one of the five thousand plus. The disciples were blind to the resources in front of them and blind to Jesus’ power to multiply them. Modern translation: Everything the planter needs to feed his community is already in the community. It just needs to be brought to Jesus for blessing.
We all sat in silent awe…and then bought fivetwo.com.” They registered this domain August 10, 2008 (by B. Woolsey)

Then compare the logos for http://www.fivetwo.org and http://www.fivetwo.com

 

Visionary.

 

Thanks to Pastor Joe Abrahamson of the ELS for some of this information.

 

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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Do Recycled Visions fuel the Lutheran Church Growth Machine? — 6 Comments

  1. Pasor Scheer,

    Interesting article. I took your concept regarding FiveTwo and applied it to the concept of “Sacramental Entrepreneur.” It seems like that phrase isn’t new either. It seems like the phrase was used in 2003 in reference to François Michelin (The original Michelin Man).

    http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2003/05/14/philosopher-factory-floor-sacramental-entrepreneur

    This verbiage from the 2003 article titled, “Philosopher on the Factory Floor: The sacramental entrepreneurship of François Michelin”, really caught my eye:

    Michelin’s is an essentially sacramental view of life, in the sense that he everywhere sees the synergy, the cooperative exchange, between God and man.

  2. “…the five thousand plus were fed by five loaves and two fish belonging to one of the five thousand plus. The disciples were blind to the resources in front of them and blind to Jesus’ power to multiply them. Modern translation: Everything the planter needs to feed his community is already in the community. It just needs to be brought to Jesus for blessing.”

    So similar to the American Protestant Evangelical foundation that Jesus accomplished on the cross about 99% — and now we must complete what He almost finished…

    (And not far at all from the liberal teaching that the “miraculous” feeding of the 5,000 was actually a result of the little boy with the 5/2 inspiring the crowd to share with each other the bag-lunches they had all been hoarding.)

  3. Without a well-catechized laity and clergy, this “five-two” stuff will keep on rearing its ugly head, and attracting followers and adherents. Check with the seminary professors to find out how well their candidates know the catechism.

  4. @Pastor Ted Crandall #4
    Well said, Pr. Crandall.

    I begin to wonder, if the native instability and corruption of heresy drives a short shelf life, that always compels it purveyors to repackaging…

    … like the spoiled meat in a low-end grocery store…

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