CCPC – Satellite Service FAQ
As we continue to advance the Kingdom with the Gospel, we are excited to present to
you our plans to launch a satellite service in the near future. We understand that there are
many questions regarding this step, so the Satellite Committee has prepared an FAQ for you to
read. It should answer most of the questions you may have about the plan and purpose of
having a satellite service.
We are guided by the Great Commission, in which Jesus mandates:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded
you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
(Matt. 28: 18-20, ESV).
With full authority, Jesus commands us to “make disciples of all nations” – to grow the
body of believers, to be kingdom-minded. Apostle Paul, perhaps the greatest missionary, grew
the body through church plants (Macedonia, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Thessalonica,
Colossae). CCPC’s vision is to grow the body by creating satellite services that will ultimately
become church plants. In short, the creation of satellite services is biblically-based.
The work of the Satellite Committee provides a great opportunity for all of us at CCPC to
demonstrate kingdom-mindedness. How exciting would it be to witness and to partake in
“birthing” a daughter church? Undoubtedly, there will be bumps along the road. However, we
are comforted knowing that Jesus will be with us “to the end of the age.”
The Interim Session fully supports the efforts of the Satellite Committee.
CCPC Interim Session
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Q1: What is a "satellite" service and what is its purpose?
A1: A satellite service is a distinct, additional Sunday worship service that is held at a different
location than the church’s main worship service. The main purpose of the satellite service is to
be an avenue through which CCPC’s vision for church growth is accomplished.
Q2: What is the vision for church growth of CCPC?
A2: CCPC's vision for kingdom expansion, as set by the Session, is to form satellite services in
the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that will eventually develop into a network of
community-based particular churches closely working together to glorify God and spread the
gospel of Christ. This vision prescribes a model of church growth for CCPC: CCPC is to be a
mother church birthing daughter churches. The vision is based on the conviction that churches
are more effective if they are locally relevant, i.e., if they serve, influence, and minister to their
immediate surroundings. Smaller congregations distributed throughout the region will be able to
serve the local communities better than a single, large congregation.
Q3: Is the church splitting because of the move to Centreville?
A3: No. A vision for satellite services had been discussed long before the decision to move to
Centreville. However, the move to Centreville has caused the leaders of CCPC to be more
purposeful in its vision for church growth, and has spurred the Session to more definitively
prescribe its vision. While the satellite service will provide a service for CCPC members who do
not view Centreville as their community or for whom worshipping at Centreville will not be
feasible due to distance/transportation issues, this is a wholly valid yet secondary reason for the
satellite service. The satellite service is primarily intended to reach local communities with the
gospel, and to be a vehicle for church growth according to CCPC’s vision for the expansion of
Q4: What is the focus of the satellite service?
A4: The focus is twofold. The first focus is the gospel of Christ. We exist as a church to glorify
God and advance His kingdom. CCPC is to show the people in the DC metropolitan area the
work of grace that Christ has done in our individual and collective lives, and to extend this grace
and love to our neighbors. Our primary concern is not to just gather amongst ourselves and
grow in worldly security, or to spread the message of cultural identity, comfort, or moral
platitudes. Rather, it is to spread the message of grace that can only be found in the gospel of
The second focus is the overall growth of CCPC. As per the vision, a satellite service is a way
for CCPC to grow. CCPC will grow in various ways. First, it will grow numerically by reaching
people it otherwise would not reach through a single location. Second, it will grow in maturity as
it looks outward and spends its resources in ministry. And third, it will grow in relevance as God
uses CCPC to reach the D.C. metropolitan area.
Q5: Is the satellite service a church plant?
A5: No, not initially. While the long-term goal of the satellite is to become a church plant, it will
not begin as one. The satellite service is just the initial step to effectuate CCPC’s vision to grow
and be locally relevant. This vision for church growth and kingdom expansion through church
planting will not be realized immediately, it is a long-term implementation. Until the Lord sees fit
to grow the satellite ministry into a sustainable ministry on its own, it is a part of CCPC. While
there is no artificial timetable for this transition from a satellite to a church plant, it is likely years
away. The hope is that just as CCPC has grown from an extension of KCPC into a mission
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status church (and is now on its way to becoming a particular church), so too will the satellite
service proceed. In the future, as the Session sees fit, other satellites will be started.
Q6: Is CCPC ready to support a satellite? Won’t this harm CCPC?
A6: While we may be tempted to wait until we feel there are no possible complications before
we act, we must be careful that reservations regarding timing are not based in unbelief. It is an
act of faith to step forward with the vision that God has given CCPC and to trust that God will
grant growth and maturity to CCPC as it moves forward. Rather than harming CCPC, this will
Perhaps the best way outline the benefits to CCPC is through analogy. The question can be
asked, "What benefit is there to a husband and wife to have a child?" Having a child can drain
their energy, resources, time, and freedom, but why do so many still insist on having children?
The answer is that there is something about the way God made us that calls us to multiply and
be fruitful. He calls us to practice dominion over His creation and one of the ways to do this is
through birthing and multiplying. CCPC will eventually die or become sinfully self-absorbed
unless we continue to look outward and use our resources to multiply. One of the ways to do
this is through birthing new churches. Ironically, even the churches that have operated under a
mega-church model are realizing this now and are some of the greatest spearheads of church
planting in North America and the world. CCPC will be able to focus its resources, energies,
time, and effort in helping another grow, and by doing this, CCPC will mature immensely in
much the same way that a husband and wife mature when raising a child. God has made us to
grow most when we help others to grow. As CCPC learns through implementing satellite
services, it will learn to minister more effectively overall.
The growth of CCPC is not at odds with the implementation of a satellite service: they are both
part of one church, therefore benefit for one is benefit for the other. The satellite service is an
extension of CCPC, not a separate entity, and ministry will be done as one. Any other view that
creates division rather than unity is detrimental to CCPC.
Q7: Who has been tasked with implementing the satellite service?
A7: A satellite committee, under the supervision of the Session, has been commissioned to
plan for and implement the first satellite service. The committee will receive guidance from the
pastoral staff as well help in various ways from the deacons.
Q8: What is the structure of the satellite committee?
A8: The satellite committee is comprised of a "core committee" and a "satellite team." The
core committee will provide the primary leadership and recommendations for the satellite
service to the Session, who provides oversight of the committee and is ultimately responsible for
making the decisions to implement the satellite service. The satellite team, comprised of
anyone in the congregation who would like to assist the committee, will help in executing the
plans and decisions of the core committee.
Q9: How was the satellite committee formed?
A9: After the Session and deacon advisors formulated the vision for church growth, a meeting
was convened on January 23, 2007, to discuss further steps. Attending this meeting was
Pastor Hank Hahm, Pastor Caleb Lee, Deacon Cedric Bullock, Deacon Jim Burris, Deacon Tom
Choi, Deacon Sam Ham, Deacon Jamie Rim, Ji Bae, Paul Jin, and Bora Jin. At this meeting,
Paul Jin was nominated to head the satellite committee.
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Since then, others who have wanted to participate in the committee have joined. Over a period
of 6 months, announcements were made to the church (after Sunday morning worship, through
handouts in the bulletin, and through the church website) soliciting interest in volunteering for
the core committee and satellite team, and the committee also personally approached
congregation members as well. This open process has resulted in the following core committee
members: Harold Chun, Bora Jin, Paul Jin, Haemin Shin, Jihoon Shin, Ji Yoo, Keun Yoo, and
The process has also resulted in numerous volunteers for the satellite team. The committee will
continue to welcome and add anyone who would like to assist them by joining the satellite team.
Q10: How can I get involved with the satellite team?
A10: Contact any member of the satellite committee in person or by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org). The committee looks forward to partnering with you!
Q11: How does the satellite committee plan on implementing the satellite service?
A11: In phases. Phase I involved the formation of the committee. In Phase II (the current
phase), the committee will gather information from the congregation in order to collect ideas and
suggestions on how to proceed in reaching the local community and also in order to familiarize
itself with the needs and resources of the congregation.
The committee will also study other churches that have implemented a satellite strategy and
seek to learn from their experience. Two congregations within the PCA have already
established some form of a satellite model. Redeemer Presbyterian Church offers five services
at different times each Sunday that meet in various locations in Manhattan. Harbor
Presbyterian Church offers worship services at six different sites in the San Diego area. The
satellite committee will study these and other churches in an effort to guide the planning
process. In addition, the satellite committee will reference the church growth material from the
Redeemer church planting network.
Future phases will involve logistics and launch.
Q12: What is the timeline for the satellite service to begin?
A12: Subject to unforeseen developments, we hope to launch the satellite service by the end of
Q13: Where is the committee looking to establish the satellite service?
A13: Currently, CCPC is considering starting a satellite service within the beltway region of
Northern Virginia, but nothing has been definitively set. Heavy consideration is being given to
locations closer to D.C. and near Metro stations. Wherever the location will be, the satellite
service is intended to minister to those people within that community.
Q14: What population is the satellite service intended to minister to?
A14: The satellite service will not target any particular demographic other than by geographic
location. The satellite service is intended to minister to those people within the community that
the service will be located. Rather than drawing people from a large commuting distance, it is
hoped that the satellite service primarily will be comprised of people who live and/or work within
a short distance of the satellite (e.g., if the satellite meets in Rosslyn, it would primarily serve
people living in Arlington, Alexandria, D.C. and Fairfax County as opposed to those living
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outside the beltway in Loudoun County or Prince William County). While the satellite service
may initially be comprised of people of a certain demographic, it will not seek to target people
based on race, socioeconomic status, age, or life stage.
Q15: What will the relationship between the satellite service and the main campus of
CCPC be like?
A15: Initially, the session of CCPC will oversee the satellite service, while a small group of
CCPC members will commit to attending the satellite service as a "core group." Funding for the
satellite service will come from the CCPC budget. Eventually, as CCPC has done, the satellite
will establish its own leadership (pastoral staff and elders), with the goal of becoming a
particular church. There have been no decisions made about how the responsibilities of
pastoral staff will be divided.
The goal is for both the satellite and CCPC to minister to and reach the D.C. metropolitan area
together, as one church now, and as partners later if/when the satellite service becomes a
church plant. In the short- and long-term, the satellite and the main campus will remain closely
partnered in ministry.
Q16: What are the details of the satellite service, such as location and time?
A16: These details have yet to be determined, and will depend on many factors. It is the task
of the satellite committee to wisely prepare for such decisions as it gathers more information
and prayerfully considers the options.
Q17: Is there a budget for the satellite service?
A17: Yes. This year’s budget has set aside $24,000 for venue rent. Other expenses, if
necessary, will come from CCPC’s general budget. The satellite committee’s responsibilities
will include assessing the financial needs of the satellite service and assisting in setting a
budget for the next fiscal year.
Q18: What will happen when CCPC finds a senior pastor?
A18: The senior pastor will undoubtedly and properly exercise leadership in this vision, and the
church will be under his shepherding (along with the Session). However, any new senior pastor
will have to embrace where we are as a church now and move us forward, much the same as
he will have to embrace reformed theology and CCPC’s interdependent model. This is CCPC’s
vision, and who we are. Oversight will continue to come from the Session, where he will be the
Q19: CCPC has recently started a second service. How is the satellite service different
from the second service?
A19: They have different purposes. The goal of the satellite service is to grow the church by
reaching out to local communities, and for the satellite service to eventually become a church
plant that partners with CCPC. The second service is primarily intended to better serve CCPC’s
current congregation and to specifically provide a way for English-speaking members of KCPC
to transition over to CCPC. The second service is held in the same location as the main
service, and it is not intended to eventually transition into a church plant.
Q20: Who should I contact if I have further questions?
A20: Feel free to contact the satellite committee. The committee can be reached at
email@example.com. The satellite committee plans to make regular announcements on
Sunday mornings and via the website regarding its progress.
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