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Effective Asian American Young Adults Ministry workshop wrap up

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

March 28, 2009 – ISAAC’s Bay Area Equipping and Resource Center held the first of several workshops to strengthen Asian American church leaders. 49 Chinese, Taiwanese, Burmese, Korean, Indonesian, Filipino, Japanese, and Caucasian participants made the workshop surprisingly diverse. Video and audio tapes of the presentations were recorded and will be made available shortly. We are grateful to the Good Shepherd Christian Church for allowing us to use their wonderful facilities.

Tim Tseng’s presentation provided some recent demographics about the religious identification among Americans, in general, and Asian Americans, specifically. It also shared some recent findings regarding the culture of consumption among Asian American young adults and the emotional health of Asian American teens who regularly attend Asian American churches. The presentation can be viewed and downloaded here:

Host pastors Joseph Chiu and Peter Wang gave very practical suggestions about how both first and second generation church leaders could help make Young Adult Ministries in bilingual and multi-generational churches more effective. Many of the insights shared by both presenters and the participants are applicable not only to bi-cultural congregations, but also to young adults ministries, in general.

ISAAC hopes to make the audio-visual recordings of the presentations available soon. But this workshop is just the beginning of the development of resources for effective Asian American Young Adults ministries. We are starting an email discussion to encourage participants to continue to communicate and encourage each other. The group is called AsianAmYAM. Here are the details:
– Group home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/asianamyam
– Group email address: asianamyam@yahoogroups.com

Photos have already been posted at the home page. Please sign up tonight!

We also plan to start a blog where some of our best ideas can be posted.

We are also grateful that Inheritance Magazine, the Southeast Asian Committee, and ERRC-China provided information and resources for our workshop participants!

Keep checking the ISAAC website for updates and new information!

Johnson Chiu, Director, ER Center
Timothy Tseng, Executive Director, ISAAC
Marie McCulley, Registrar

Sam Tsang Seminars on the Bible

ISAAC is delighted to announce the following free Bible seminars to be given by Dr. Sam Tsang, Vice President of the Overseas Theological Seminary (San Jose, CA) and ISAAC partner:

April 14-16 (7.30-9.30 pm)
Seminar on Acts
25th Anniversary Celebration of the Far East Broadcasting, Canada
Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church Fraser Lands Branch,
3330 Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C. V5S 4R8
Contact numbers are: 604-717-8369×171 or 778-885-2731

June 6th (10 am)
Galatians – “Understanding Paul’s Gospel as the Way Forward for the Chinese Church?” [In Cantonese]
West Valley Chinese Alliance Church
400 Llewellyn Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
Contact: 408-364-1388

Oct. 23 (7.30 pm) and Oct. 24 (9.30 am)
Revelation – “What does Revelation have to do with Silicon Valley?: The Message of Revelation for Our Time” [In Mandarin]
Sponsored by Worldwide Bible Society
Chinese Church In Christ -Cupertino
10455 Bandley Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014

Dr. Tsang is a blogger. His latest blog is about U2 and our faith. Check it out at
sacredsaga.org/sam-tsangs-blog

Also, Sam’s newest book (in Chinese) just came out. Here’s the book information:
http://www.mingdaopress.org/Common/Reader/Channel/ShowPage.jsp?Cid=17&Pid=13&Version=0&Charset=big5_hkscs&page=0

Effective Asian Young Adult Ministry Workshop, Mar. 28, 2009 (Cupertino, Bay Area)

March 4, 2009 2 comments

Friday, March 27, 2009

MORE THAN 40 HAVE REGISTERED! COME EARLY TOMORROW!

Good morning! I am looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the Effective Asian American Young Adults Ministries workshop (March 28, 9 AM – 2 PM).

HERE ARE SOME LAST MINUTE DETAILS AND REMINDERS

  • We are meeting at:
Good Shepherd Christian Church, Cupertino
940 South Stelling Road (at Jollyman Lane)
Cupertino, CA 95014
http://www.gschristian.org
(just South of De Anza College, next to Jollyman Park)
Pastors Joseph Chiu and Peter Wang are our hosts.
  • The doors will open at 8:30 AM for registration, tea, coffee, light snacks, and fellowship!
  • If you have not yet paid the registration fee, please bring a check payable to ISAAC and give it to Marie McCulley, our registrar.
  • If you need to contact us tomorrow, call Marie McCulley – our registrar – at her cell phone (626) 372-9264. Email her at this link.
  • If you have any questions today, it would be best to speak to Johnson Chiu at his cell phone (925) 548-3762 or via email at this link. I’ll be in meetings almost all day.

NOTE: If you are one of the first 10 to arrive, you’ll be eligible for a “door prize”! If you stay to the very end, you can win another “prize”! It’ll be informative AND fun!

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Effective Asian American Young Adult Ministry
An ISAAC Equipping & Resource Center workshop – co-sponsored by the Good Shepherd Christian Church
Saturday, March 28, 2008 (8:30 am – 2 pm) <- corrected
Good Shepherd Christian Church, Cupertino
940 South Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
http://www.gschristian.org

What this workshop is about:

Asian American young adults are fast becoming one of the nation’s most influential groups. Yet, in many Chinese, Taiwanese, and other Asian American churches today they can hardly be found. What do we need to understand in approaching this large segment of the population?

Come and find out by hearing from people who are on the front lines, working with young adults in an effective manner today. This panel features hosting Pastors Peter Wang and Joseph Chiu and Tim Tseng, Executive Director of ISAAC. The workshop also offers plenty of time for questions and interaction to equip you in your ministry.

The workshop is geared towards pastors, ministry leaders and adults concerned about reaching young adults.

The fee for this one-day workshop (including lunch) is only $30. Participants from ISAAC member churches receive a 20% discount ($24/registrant). Find out how your church can be an ISAAC member church – contact Johnson Chiu at faithwalk40@yahoo.com

Register on-line at https://fs16.formsite.com/sanacs/form662985063/secure_index.html

Tentative Schedule:

8:30   Doors and registration open – come for fellowship, tea, coffee, and light snacks!

9:00   Welcome (Johnson Chiu, Director of the ER Center)

9:15   Tim Tseng (Asian American Young Adult Culture and Needs)

9:45   Joseph Chiu (How Immigrant Generation Church Leaders Can Help)

10:30  Groups (to provide feedback and additional suggestions)

11:00   Peter Wang (Ideas for Reaching and Retaining Young Adults)

11:45   Groups (to provide feedback and additional suggestions)

12:15   Lunch

12:45   Panel Questions & Answers; Sharing of Group Feedback

1:45    Wrap up and ISAAC Announcements

Tim Tseng’s Presentations at EFC’s Bridging Conference (Feb. 19-21, 2009)

March 1, 2009 3 comments

It was a delight for me to have the opportunity to give a plenary presentation and two workshops at the Evangelical Formosan Church’s 2009 Bridging Conference at EFC-Los Angeles (Feb. 19-21, 2009). I was impressed by the efforts of both immigrant and American-raised or born generations of leaders to cooperate, teach, and learn from each other.

This conference was an occasion for me to test some concepts about creating healthy inter-generational leadership cultures. Through ISAAC, I hope to develop training and consulting resources for helping bi-generational Asian American churches more adequately address the “silent exodus” phenomenon. I’ve posted my slide shows on this blog. Email me if you’d like the original slides. – Tim Tseng

Plenary Presentation
This is the plenary presentation that I gave on Thursday evening (Feb. 19th).  I attempt to interpret the history of Chinese (and Taiwanese) American Christianity through the lens of “faith, hope, and love” – and call for Chinese (and Taiwanese) American churches to move towards an ethos of “love.”

Workshop One: Creating Bridging Cultures
This presentation summarizes three tools that I argue can help create “bridging cultures” among church leaders from different cultural or generational backgrounds. It is still a work in process, but I’m eager to help church leadership teams develop healthy “bridging cultures.”

Workshop 2: Preparing for College
My wife, Betty, and I believe that healthy inter-generational ministry requires attention to one of the most critical stages in family life – the transition from high school student to college. Churches that provide practical support for this stage of life may find many opportunities for integrating discipleship with their family ministries.