June 13, 2008
While it may be exciting to see new kinds of churches launched to reach the next generation, there are also good activities in ethnic Asian churches that reaches (some of) the next generation too. 2 resources came to my attention recently:
Pastor Kenneth P.Carlson (English Pastor at Chinese for Christ Church, Berkeley since 1994) had been working on his dissertation research, and shared his key findings in this presentation titled, “Reaching the Next Generations in bilingual Chinese Churches.” (Hit the green button under the slides to watch the presentation with audio and auto-advance slides.) Video of presentation also available.
And, Daniel L. Wong (Tyndale University College) launched this web page, Coaching for English Ministry in Chinese Churches, to help answer questions that he often hears about English ministry in Chinese churches, like: How do I connect with the congregation in preaching? I know the Bible text but how does it relate to the people? How do I motivate others to dig into the Bible for themselves? How do I balance my life?
Daniel Wong has also written a paper titled, “Toward A Theological Foundation for English Ministry in the Canadian Chinese Churches” (link to PDF download). Daniel was a full-time English Ministry pastor for 18 years and now teaches in Christian Ministries for the last 8 years.
While the 2 resources above are for the Chinese church, most of the principles and insights are transferable to other ethnic Asian churches. I’ve often noticed how similar inter-generational issues are between 1st generation immigrant Asians and 2nd generation English-speaking Asians, be they Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and so on. There are differences, granted, but there are so many more similiarities.
What other online resources have you found helpful in ministering to English-speaking people in an ethnic Asian church?
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