Advantages of an immigrant Asian church

July 10, 2007

Daniel Eng took good notes from his Talbot lecture in a course titled, “The Asian Church in American Society,” taught by Professors Benjamin Shin and Sheryl Takagi Silzer, and put this list together, The Advantages and Opportunities of an Asian Immigrant Church ::

  1. Opportunities to build generational bridges and cultural bridges.
  2. Opportunities to learn spiritual lessons.
  3. Financial support–Immigrant churches go “all out” for causes.
  4. Provision of facilities.
  5. All members of the church family “together” at the church.
  6. Opportunities to learn how to submit and be humble.
  7. Opportunities to develop and practice conflict resolution.
  8. Opportunities to learn how to contextualize theology and thus do missional training.

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Arthur Hsu
July 11th, 2007

In any given ministry setting there will always be opportunities to do what is righteous, good, and pleasing in God’s eyes. But, when it comes down to it, do we execute these things when we really need to? I grew up in an immigrant Asian church and I left because of conflicts that I had with some of the church leaders. I will not go into specifics here, but they are your typical conflict stuff. When I read Daniel Eng’s list, nothing surprised me; I knew these kinds of opportunities exist. But, it was never executed, from both parties. I felt the leaders expected me to obey them at all costs, and expressing my concerns will be cause for treason. I, on the other hand, was not humble enough to listen to what my elders are telling me.

I guess my point here is that we will always have opportunities to do what is right, but why does it end here for most people? Why can’t we actually execute the opportunities so that healing and restoration will take place?

[…] Chuang over at his L2 Foundation Blog has two interesting posts related to Asian churches. In Advantages of an immigrant Asian church he sums up an article by Daniel Eng about the benefits of being a part of a bilingual immigrant […]

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