Pastor Abraham Ku


Senior Pastor
New Life Church
Taipei

Have you always been so stylish and trendy in your dressing?

I wasn’t like this before. I was very conservative previously and didn’t care about my looks or appearance. Since the Lord called me to reach out to the younger generation, I tried to understand their pop culture, mindset and interests in fashion, design, arts, dance, music, theatre and many more. And as time passed, I began to assimilate into their world. I also started to develop an interest in the arts, which has made my world much more colourful and changed my perspective of fashion.

What are some challenges you faced when building a new media church?

The world of new media advances very quickly. It has progressed from traditional broadcasting to social media, IoT (Internet of Things), smart cities, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), VR (Virtual Reality) and the list goes on. I believe the biggest challenge is changing people’s mindsets and getting them to understand the many facets of new media. It’s certainly not easy getting the community equipped. The young generation has always been seen traditionally as media-savvy and the ones heavily involved and active in new media. But in reality, new media transcends age, anyone regardless of how old or young, can be involved and be a curator of new media.

Apostle Lawrence Khong has been working on transforming the Arts & Entertainment world through magic. Some words of encouragement for him?

I admire Pastor Lawrence’s courage to use magic as an evangelistic tool to transform pop culture. This is an arduous task. I encourage Pastor Lawrence to teach the church more about pop culture. Although our vision may be controversial, the fruits of our labour will do the talking. Press on, Pastor Lawrence! Continue to fix your eyes on what God has called you to do and never give up.

你一向来的穿着都那么时尚吗?

我之前穿衣都很保守,不会打扮也不注重外表。但神给我一个新的呼召,要我融入年轻人的文化。刚开始,我刻意去了解什么是年轻人的流行文化。例如:我愿意染头发、也愿意更了解年轻人为何喜欢时尚、设计、艺术、舞蹈、音乐、戏剧等。后来我变得很享受,不知不觉也开始融入年轻人的世界里,对艺术等各方面都感兴趣。现在的我觉得世界色彩缤纷,因此我对时尚的看法也和以前不一样了。

建立新媒体教会时,你碰到什么挑战?

媒体的发展太快了!从传播到社群、社群到物联网和互联网、再到智慧生态和智慧城市、AI人工智慧、VRAR……我觉得最难的是观念的传递,整个整盘的认识。要把新媒体讲清楚不容易,讲完之后要做又是另一回事。传统的观念是年轻人在做新媒体方面很厉害,也很活跃。但事实上,新媒体超越年龄。无论你年纪大或小,人人都可以参与并成为新媒体的策展人。

主任牧师邝健雄透过魔术在艺术与娱乐界发挥影响力,对此你有什么鼓励的话要说?

我们得佩服邝牧师的勇气,他透过魔术做布道、转化流行文化,这很不容易。我鼓励邝牧师多在教会教导有关流行文化的概念。对于每一个上帝给的异象,人都会有争议,让以后的果子来说明一切吧。我勉励邝牧师继续坚持,定睛在神给我们的呼召,不要放弃。