Kicking and Screaming
Kicking and Screaming
Daniel Leung’s [MDiv 2002] concept of freedom is all about God’s leading. “We open ourselves to where God leads us and you can choose to follow it or not...but sometimes as you make those hard choices, you’re kicking and screaming because you don’t want to...but you find out that’s really where your heart is,” observes Daniel Leung.
After completing his Bachelor of Science Daniel felt doors were not opening. “As I began to pray about it...there were three things that came quite clearly to me: I want to work with people, I want to help people and I have a passion for spiritual formation.” This realization led him to Tyndale’s MDiv program and to pastoring at Toronto Chinese Community Church (T3C). The church was a place he felt comfortable and where he could grow.
It was during a course that he read Holy Conversations, a book that focused on having intentional conversations with people about beliefs. This inspired Daniel and his wife to begin a small discussion group with a mixture of church people and non-church people. Daniel felt a strong pull. “This group here really challenged me...In my heart I was thinking, ‘church can be simple, church can be small’...and I was really asking the question, ‘what am I supposed to do here?’ I felt like I was supposed to leave [T3C].”
The decision to leave was difficult. “Everything is really comfortable here. Things are growing and we are seeing fruit. People know me. I love them, they love me.” To seek more direction, Daniel went on a silent retreat and prayed. “I got a very clear statement of what I should be doing and it was to start a small, simple church for the unchurched that focuses on discipleship through word, deed and community and I knew at that point ‘that’s not me, I don’t think of these things by myself’...it was really hard for me.”
Shortly after this Daniel found an opportunity to work with his father-in-law in business, a prospect he had previously turned down. He knew God was calling him to work in the community and with small groups. Daniel met with his church’s leadership who already knew something was stirring in him. “I had to explain what God was doing in my heart and the opportunity that was before me.” He felt the battle was in the transition.
“These discussion groups that we’re having are really just the first step of helping people understand that they do have a spiritual appetite.” Within two years, while continuing to work in the family business, Daniel hopes to begin a ‘small, simple’ house church.