English Ministry in a Chinese Church

May 4, 2007

It takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. In my research for Leadership Network and L2 Foundation (cf. Asian American Church Report), I’ve found different churches that are effectively reaching next generation (English-speaking) Asian Americans: intergenerational/ multilingual Asian churches, pan-Asian churches, multi-ethnic churches, and missional churches.

Pastor Ken Carlson is English Pastor at Chinese for Christ Church in Berkeley, CA, and recently started a blog-based series titled, 30 Days on the Chinese Church. He introduced it as follows:

I plan to write about ministry in Chinese churches in North America, with a focus mainly on the English Ministry (EM). Ministry in a bilingual immigrant church presents some unique challenges because these churches include multiple languages and cultures. All the normal tensions and differences of opinion are multiplied because of the cultural difference. Sometimes it feels like a struggle to maintain unity, and leaders in some churches wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to become two separate churches. But as long as there are Chinese speaking immigrants we must find ways to nurture healthy bilingual churches that can minister effectively to both generations.

Read the series to be posted throughout the month of May 2007, and be sure to add comments with your feedback. Some of what he’s writing may be used in his dissertation, so this will be very interesting.

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Ken
May 5th, 2007

Thank you for drawing attention to my series on the Chinese church. I appreciate your advocacy for Asian American ministries. I hope that this series will help to stimulate some helpful dialogue about multilingual Asian immigrant churches.

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