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Our Story

Our Vision

PASTORIA is bringing about a world in which all people can find and make the ministry that is their life.

Based on current societal, economic, and ministry trends, we foresee a future church that is:

  • largely centered around solo-pastors who
  • shepherd networks of disciples through
  • myriad platforms, products, and services

Given this future, we are establishing our role in the transformation as that of:

  1. Building digital platforms or entities that deliver ministry
  2. Developing leaders whose starting points are of digital and diversity
  3. Nurturing the dreams of every community as the seeds of social change

Our Origins

PASTORIA (a play on the word “pastor”) is the result of years of contemplation, development, and prayer by James J. Kang, Head of Guidance and Co-Founder.

As the indicators for mainline protestantism in the United States of America continued to signal a clear decline, it became apparent that the opportunity for change in the Church was real.

Lower numbers in giving, membership, and worship attendance would mean that the basic context of institutional Christian ministry would eventually become the solo-pastor (as it had become for James’ father and his father).

But, it was not until the COVID-19 pandemic when James saw how ministry innovation would be defined by the convergence of digital, diversity, and dreams.  The need for a digital ministry presence, the effects of the Black Lives Matter movements, and the establishment of The Passion / Creator Economy would take hold in 2020.

About James

James J. Kang is Head of Guidance and Co-Founder of PASTORIA.  He was formerly the Director of Communications and Innovation of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.  He is a proud alum of Claremont School of Theology and the son and grandson of Methodist clergy.

James has been a speaker at/on: