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ISAAC Newsletter (Oct. 10, 2007)

[corrected 10/11/07]

Over the past few weeks, I spent many hours talking to younger Asian American seminarians, pastors and ministry leaders, and aspirants for doctoral studies. I seem compelled to be a sounding board for “younger” leaders, and I’m not sure why. As a seminary professor, my favorite duty was to listen to and advise students. I enjoyed guiding doctoral students through their academic programs. Conducting research, teaching, networking, and developing programs were also satisfying, but “mentoring” was most energizing. In fact, one of my seminary students – who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at Drew University – said this about me:

Dr. Tseng’s dual passion for academic ministry and local church ministry has made a lasting impression on my heart. My own love for the study of history was nurtured in large part due to Dr. Tseng’s mentoring. He has taught me that academic ministry and local church ministry are mutually-empowering enterprises, and that both must work together for the Kingdom of God.

Apparently, my greatest contribution to the common good is to cultivate individuals and small groups of “influencers” for the Reign of God. I believe ISAAC also approaches our work in this manner. We’re not big on rallying crowds and giving motivational talks. But we are really good at engaging individuals and smaller groups more deeply and patiently with our resources and experience. In other words, we cause rashes that make people itch for Asian American Christianity! (see blog)

As you look at our upcoming activities, I encourage you to give generously to support our labor of love for Asian Americans. $5,000 will fully subsidize a training weekend or pay for half of the cost of publishing a resource tool. $500 will pay for a half-day seminar. Regardless of how much you can give, your support will help us make a real difference. Download a pledge form or make a tax-deductible on-line gift today at http://isaacweb.org/a/support.htm.

Blessings,

Tim Tseng

ISAAC ACTIVITIES (check the ISAAC website for many more updates)

Oct. 11. Tim Tseng attends the Pacific Asian American and Canadian Christian Education (PAACCE) ministry board meeting at McCormick Seminary in Chicago. ISAAC is co-publishing the Asian American Christian Perspectives Reader with PAACCE. | Read More

Oct. 12-14. Tim Tseng speaks at the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church’s missions conference.

Oct. 19-20. Andrew Lee speaks at the Asian American Baptist gathering sponsored by Asian Ministries and American Baptist Churches of New Jersey.

Oct. 21. Tim Tseng speaks at Hope Evangelical Free Church (San Francisco, CA).

Oct. 26. ISAAC’s women’s leadership program, will host a Writers’ Feedback Gathering at Fuller Seminary. Participants will discuss AAWOL’s soon to be published resource, “The Yin and Yang of Leadership: Biblical Characters According to Asian American Women” | Read More

Oct. 27 (9:30 AM -3:30 PM) at Sunset Church. Bay Area Chinese Church consultation for churches in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. We will donate $20 to churches that complete and return the 8-page questionnaire (in Chinese or English) by December 1.| Read More

Nov. 17 (9-11 PM) ISAAC co-hosts a reception with the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity (Calvin College) at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. We plan to launch the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS), which will be led by Dr. Russell Yee – check our blogs for updates. | Read More

Dec. 3. Haggard School of Theology (Azusa Pacific University). Tim Tseng will lead workshops on Asian American Christianity and how to include Asian American Christian perspectives in curriculum and instruction.

Dec. 7-9. Dallas, Texas. Russell Moy and Tim Tseng will help facilitate the Association of Theological Schools’ Asian and Asian North American Theological Educators Consultation. A report on building seminary cultural capacity to teach and equip Asian and Asian North American seminarians will be produced by this consultation.

Jan. 3-6. Washington, D.C. Tim Tseng will attend the American Historical Association and American Society of Church History (ASCH) Annual Meeting. He is a member of the Council of the ASCH.

Jan. 12 (9:30 AM – 3:30 PM) at Bay Area Chinese Bible Church’s Alameda Campus. Bay Area Chinese Church consultation for churches in the East Bay.

Mar. 13-15 (Washington DC). Southeast Asian Leadership Summit. ISAAC may provide training for the Southeast Asian Leadership Committee. But we need to raise $7,000 to provide scholarships for participants and to cover the training cost.

Mar. 24-26 (Los Angeles, CA). Asian American Leadership Conference. Tim Tseng and Ben Shin will co-lead a focus group on academic vocation as ministry. | Read More

Mar. 28-29 (Philadelphia, PA). Tim Tseng to participate in a panel for “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Toward a Biblical Agenda” conference sponsored by the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy/Evangelicals for Social Action.

Apr. 26 (9:30 AM – 3:30 PM) at South Bay location. Bay Area Chinese Church consultation for churches in the South Bay.

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