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Summary of ISAAC 2009 Internship Program (East Coast)

August 27, 2009 3 comments

by Andrew Lee, ISAAC East Coast Regional Director [contact Andrew]

In order to help meet the need for leaders for second-generation English language ministries in Chinese churches, ISAAC initiated a paid internship program this summer in the New York metropolitan area. This program was funded by a grant from the Fund for Theological Education.   Students contemplating the prospect of vocational ministry were offered the opportunity to serve in their respective churches in order to sample a taste of full-time ministry.

ISAAC FTE internship program

ISAAC FTE internship program

The five ISAAC interns this summer were college students Rosalie Chung (Long Island Alliance Church), Jason Lee (Monmouth Chinese Christian Church), Daniel Shih (Boon Church, OCM), Jin Tian (Brooklyn Community Christian Church) and Joyce Wong (New York Chinese Baptist Church).  Jesse Eng (Grace Faith Church), a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, joined the interns for their weekly meetings.

The congregations represented by the interns are geographically diverse, ranging from suburban New Jersey to inner city New York to suburban New York.  It was an eye-opening experience for the interns to visit each other’s churches to see how ministry was conducted in a different setting and to learn how church space could be utilized in a new manner.

pastors and mentors

pastors and mentors

The students were guided and mentored throughout the summer by their pastor, by a lay leader in their church and by ISAAC Eastern Regional Director, Dr. Andrew Lee.  At the weekly meetings led by Rev. Lee, the interns discussed selected readings from ISAAC’s Asian American Christianity Reader, deliberated on the meaning of call, and bonded together as they shared, encouraged, prayed and fellowshipped together.

As a result of this summer experience, the concept of calling took on new meaning for each intern.  For some, the end of the internship does not signal the end of their service.  Jason, a spring graduate of Rutgers University, informed his church leaders that he was quitting his part-time job and volunteering the rest of this year to serve full-time in his church because his part-time job “gets in the way of ministry.”  Likewise Daniel, a recent graduate of Gordon College, will continue serving at his church until he leaves for a two-year pastoral apprenticeship in Australia next January.   Jin, a junior at Philadelphia Bible University, committed to returning to Brooklyn each weekend to assist at her church.

The participating pastors and lay mentors also had uniformly positive evaluations of the summer experience.  Each felt it was a worthwhile investment of their time.  It provided them an opportunity to guide, teach and train their interns and to get to know them better.  In turn, their own skills were sharpened by the experience of mentoring another person.

Another facet of this summer program included a worship service at each church where calling was the theme for that day.  Each church was challenged to instill a culture of encouraging its own members to consider vocational ministry.  Here, too, the pastors and lay mentors believe their churches were positively impacted.  Moreover, the entire internship experience has opened the eyes of church leaders and young people to the potential of leadership through young adults.  ISAAC will offer this internship program in the New York City Metropolitan Area again in the summer of 2010.

3rd Annual Bay Area Pastors’ Retreat for Asian American English Ministry leaders

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Theme:  Renewal!
When:  Mon.-Tues. (Sept. 21-22, 2009)
Where:  San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville, CA
Guest Speaker:  Doug Stevens, Founder of The Renewal Project will be speaking on his favorite theme of renewal!
Cost:  $130/person

We’re excited about everyone getting together to learn and grow in a concentrated time together.  This year we will have Doug Stevens, the founder of The Renewal Project to share with us from his experience and life.  Doug has been a longtime friend and has been in pastoral ministry as well as parachurch ministry for more than 30 years.  Sensitive to the cultural and changing nature of our times, Doug lends a biblical and prophetic voice to what God is doing in and through his church. You can read more about Doug’s ministry here: http://www.renewalproject.org/ .

Please register by September 7 if you will be attending the Sept. 21-22 retreat as that will help us with planning, etc.

Blessings,

Johnson Chiu

To Register, clink this secure link and complete the on-line registration form: https://fs16.formsite.com/sanacs/form662985063/secure_index.html

ISAAC sponsored lectures and talks – Fall 2009

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

ISAAC will co-sponsor the following lectures, panels, and symposiums.

Wed., Sept. 23 | 4 PM | UC Berkeley, Moses Hall, 223, IIS Conference Room
Religious Policies in the People’s Republic of China
featuring Dr. Fenggang Yang Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University. Dr. Fenggang Yang is the author of Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Penn State University Press 1999), co-editor (with Tony Carnes) of Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries (New York University Press 2004), and co-editor (with Joseph B. Tamney) of State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies (Brill Academic Publishers 2005).
This lecture is co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, and Department of Sociology. For more information, go to the RPGP website or contact Tim Tseng.

Sept. 24

ISAAC Research Seminar featuring Dr. Fenggang Yang and local researchers in Berkeley, CA. Contact James Chuck.

Oct. 21

Oct. 21 | 4 PM | UC Berkeley, Moses Hall, 223, IIS Conference Room
Filipino Faith: The Role of Religion in Diasporic Communities in America and Beyond featuring:
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Associate Professor of Politics; Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, University of San Francisco and author of Filipino American
Faith in Action
(New York University Press) and Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana (Duke University Press).
Benjamin Pimentel, Author of Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America; former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
Co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program. For more information go to the RPGP website or contact Tim Tseng.

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Nov. 2-3

Nov. 2-3 | Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Living Out The Gospel: Asian American Perspectives and Contributions: An Asian American Equipping Symposium featuring Dr. Jonathan Tran, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Baylor University, and local pastors and scholars. Co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary and the Urban Initiatve. Download informational flyer: AAEquipping Symposium_Nov 2-3. To register click this link or contact Young Lee Hertig.

Asian American Christianity Reader – now available!

August 24, 2009 1 comment

aacreader_cover_400I’m delighted to announce that the Asian American Christianity Reader has been published! As a joint project with Pacific Asian American and Canadian Christian Education (PAACCE) we believe that both scholars and church leaders will benefit from the Reader. Whether you are a theological educator, a pastor, a college professor, or para-church staff member, this Reader will be useful introduction to Asian American Christianity.

Description

This textbook is an interdisciplinary collection of scholarly and religious articles about Asian American Christianity, past and present. Its four sections – contexts, sites, identity, and voices – offer in-depth understanding of both Catholic and Protestant traditions, practices, theologies, and faith communities. It also highlights diversity and complexity across lines of gender, generation, denomination, race and ethnicity in Asian American Christianity. Both scholarly and accessible, the essays in this reader will be useful teaching resources for educators and church leaders.

What some people are saying about the Reader:

Mark Noll of the University of Notre Dame calls it “a real boon for understanding contemporary American religious life.”

Andrew Sung Park of United Theological Seminary says “this Reader  is informative, inspiring, transformative, and indispensable.”

Jung Ha Kim of Georgia State University says “I strongly recommend this reader for anyone who wants to understand the dynamic process of (re)making religion in the United States.”

Amos Yong of Regent University School of Divinity says “Students and scholars will learn a great deal, and no theological library should go without it.”

Charles J. Lee, Lead Pastor of Acts Fellowship Church in Austin, Texas calls it “a wonderful resource! a tremendous collection of articles that will help anyone to better understand the nuances of ministering to the Asian American population. It gives great insights into a wide range of issues and topics. Great job!!!”

Anselm Min of Claremont Graduate University notes that “Non-Asian American theologians and pastors in North America as well as the white leadership in the North American churches will also find valuable resources of information about what is going on in Asian Christian communities. I recommend it with great enthusiasm.”

Joel Carpenter, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College believes that “it belongs on many a scholar’s desk and in any library that supports religious studies.”

The Reader is 352 pages and costs $28.00. Go to www.aacreader.com for more information.

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Please note: ISAAC will send a complimentary copy of the Reader to donors who give or have contributed at least $500 since the summer of 2008.

Sincerely,

Timothy Tseng
Executive Director, ISAAC

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ISAAC Fall Calendar
Please check isaacweb.org for more details

  • Sept. 12: Fund-raising banquet in Pasadena, CA. to support the Asian American Equipping Symposium to be held at Fuller Theological Seminary in November. Contact Young Lee Hertig.
  • Sept. 21-22: Bay Area Asian American English ministries Pastors retreat – co-sponsored with The Leadership Connection. Contact Johnson Chiu.
  • Sept. 23: ISAAC-co-sponsored lecture at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Fenggang Yang will talk about Religious Policies in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Yang is the author of Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Penn State University Press 1999), co-editor (with Tony Carnes) of Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries (New York University Press 2004), and co-editor (with Joseph B. Tamney) of State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies (Brill Academic Publishers 2005). This lecture is co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, and Department of Sociology. Contact Tim Tseng.
  • Sept. 24: ISAAC Research Seminar featuring Dr. Fenggang Yang and local researchers in Berkeley, CA. Contact James Chuck.
  • Oct. 21: ISAAC-co-sponsored panel at U.C. Berkeley: Filipino Faith: The Role of Religion in Diasporic Communities in America and Beyond featuring:
    -Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Associate Professor of Politics; Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, University of San Francisco and author of Filipino American
    Faith in Action
    (New York University Press) and Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana (Duke University Press).
    -Benjamin Pimentel, Author of Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America; former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
    Co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program. Contact Tim Tseng.
  • Nov. 2-3: Asian American Equipping Symposium featuring Dr. Jonathan Tran, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Baylor University, and local pastors and scholars. Co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary. Contact Young Lee Hertig.