CityLight-Seoul is a church that started with a dream to see revival happen in the city of Seoul and to see the gospel spread to all nations. We are a rag-tag diverse motley crew of expats and Korean nationals from various cultures and backgrounds. In no way do we profess to be a perfect church, but in some sense, it's a beautiful mess! Whether you are a follower of Jesus Christ or are unsure about your faith, we are an open door to all people and gladly welcome you!
The feel of our Sunday services are vibrant and contemporary with passionate worship and insightful teaching in a friendly atmosphere. We also gather for small groups and prayer meetings during the week. As a global ministry, we long to be "a church in the city to love the city." This is because God created the city and loves the people of cities. Cities were meant to be great places of blessing and growth.
But, life in a fast paced, highly competitive city like Seoul can be hard. The incessant cycle of strain in the hustle and bustle of one of the world's largest cities can leave one feeling overwhelmed. Nestled in the heart of the Sinchon and Hongdae districts, CityLight serves as an oasis and place of restoration for the inhabitants of this great city. Our desire is to get you connected to God and community and be equipped to learn to live the amazing, impactful life that the Lord had destined for you. Make us your home church away from home!
CityLight Seoul Church
Sunday Worship Time: 11:00 a.m.
Sinchon CGV Artreon Theatre
CityLight is an officially registered church under KAICAM (Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions) and is an active member of AIM-Korea (Association of International Ministries-Korea).
Our Vision (Purpose Statement)
"Raising and releasing a generation of worshippers to impact the world for Christ."
Our goal is to train, equip, and disciple people to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ in order that they can influence others to do the same. We long to see people from all nations come together so that they can be sent out again.
1). To build a COMMUNITY of caring and embracing DIVERSITY while keeping the UNITY of faith.
Although Jesus called us to unity (John 17), that does not mean conformity. We understand that God has uniquely created us in different ways, but the common denominator we share is our faith in Jesus Christ. We long to be a community that would live out this faith in love and humility.
2). To cultivate CREATIVITY and EXCELLENCE in LIFESTYLE WORSHIP.
We were created for worship. Worship isn't just about getting together on Sundays, singing songs and listening to a sermon and going home. It is an all-time thing that expresses our love for God for He has done for us. In all our work, we strive for excellence, creativity, and integrity that would honor Him.
3). To live MISSIONALLY through GOSPEL IMPACT in this NATION and the WORLD.
In Matthew 28, Jesus gave us His final instructions, to "Go and make disciples of all nations." Our goal is to equip, train, and disciple the church in order to "release" them into the world. We also believe God has called us to bring transformation in South Korea and pray for a day when the people of North Korea will be able to worship our same God with us.
Our church also has a vision for partnering with other churches just as the Apostle Paul talks of gospel partnerships (Philippians 1). With a Kingdom mindset, not set on building our own personal empires, we aspire to build Kingdom networks with other churches in making greater synergicistic global impact. Why not change the world... together?
About our Senior Pastor
Pastor Leo Rhee hails from Chicago, Illinois (USA) and has served in various cities throughout the United States including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. He also served in the English Ministry at Onnuri Community Church in Seoul, Korea from 1999-2006. During that time, he taught several classes at Torch Trinity Graduate University, was the senior editor for the Living Life devotional publication, and made frequent appearances on CGNTV. From 2006-2012, he ministered as the lead pastor at Canaan Community Church in Chicago. He has travelled globally, speaking at various conferences, schools, organizations, and churches. His heart is to mentor and equip the next generation of church leaders as well as to unify and network various ministries for the work of the Kingdom. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and studied theology and pastoral ministry at Trinity International University (Chicago), Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Loyola College of Maryland (Baltimore), and the Presbyterian College and Seminary (Seoul). Currently enrolled in the PhD program at Torch Trinity Graduate University, he also serves as a chaplain and adjunct professor there. He is married to wife, Hyekyung and enjoys music, reading, and triathlon training and other endurance sports.