Calling Asian American Youth into Ministry (East Region internship)

January 24, 2011 4 comments

From Andrew Lee (ISAAC East Region Director)

There is an overwhelming need for clergy to lead the second generation, English language ministries of immigrant Asian churches.  Few from this generation go into ministry, many opting instead for high salaried professional careers at the urging of their parents.

In order to assist Asian American congregations in the CT/NJ/NY areas to address this urgent need, a summer internship program will be offered for college aged young adults who are considering full-time vocational ministry.  Successful applicants will serve in their respective churches and be mentored by a team of pastoral and lay leaders at their church, as well as by the ISAAC project coordinator.  Furthermore, the interns will meet weekly for support and peer mentoring.

At the end of the internship, there will be a worship service with the theme of calling at each participating church.  Interns will share about their experiences and members of the mentoring team will also have an opportunity to address the congregation and advocate the pursuit of God’s call.  Public conversation will be initiated on a topic that is seldom broached in the immigrant church.

Program Highlights

  • Summer internships jointly funded by ISAAC and the church.[1] College students will serve in various ministry capacities at their respective churches for approximately 8 weeks from June to August.
  • An English Ministry pastoral staff member will oversee the work and mentor the youth for the summer.  A learning covenant between the two will serve as the basis for their working relationship.
  • There will be a Lay Mentoring team of three people from the church with representation from both genders.  The intern with meet with this team as a group and not individually.  A learning covenant will be set up.
  • ISAAC staff will coordinate the entire project and meet with all the interns.  The interns will gather as a cohort to receive guidance, eat, pray, fellowship with and support each other.  This weekly meeting takes precedence over any church activity or responsibility.
  • End of summer service where the intern and mentoring team will share about calling with the congregation.
  • End of summer banquet/evaluation for all the mentoring teams
  • Application forms will be posted on the ISAAC website and can be downloaded here [download Application for ISAAC Summer Internship Program.2011].
  • Interns will be accepted beginning March 1 until all five are awarded.

ISAAC Project Coordinator: Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee

[Email Andrew] or call Phone: (718) 317-7930


[1] Students will receive a $1,500 stipend.  ISAAC will contribute $1,000 and the church $500.  In addition, there will be transportation, food and book subsidies from ISAAC.

What are the top five cries of Asian American Christian young adults?

November 8, 2010 3 comments

The greatest challenge facing Asian American churches today is reaching and growing Young Adults who are healthy disciples of Jesus Christ. What do you think are five of the top concerns of Asian American Young Adult Christian?

Complete a quick on-line survey and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from Barnes and Noble!

ENTER SECURE SURVEY

And then come to ISAAC Northern California’s workshop on Saturday, Nov.20th (9 AM – 2 PM) at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 5038 Hyland Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127. Join Tim Tseng and Peter Wang as they facilitate a conversation about the social-cultural impacts on Asian American Young Adults today,  a case study of successful retention of Asian American Young Adults, and observations of successful efforts to attract Asian American Young Adults. This is a workshop for church leaders and ministers who care about the emerging Asian American young adults.

The registration fee is $15 (discounts may apply to you). Thanks to the generous support of Episcopal Amerasia ministries and PAACCE, this workshop is now free!!

Please register on-line by Sunday, Nov. 14th Tuesday, Nov. 16th – go to:

http://bit.ly/fivecries

Northern California Update (from Tim Tseng)

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Nov. 1, 2010

Our last event of 2010 will be a workshop entitled Five Cries of Asian American Young Adults (Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 AM – 2 PM) at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Jose. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Amerasia Ministries and the Pacific Asian American and Canadian Christian Education project with the support of our Northern California member churches.

The “Five Cries” that will be presented will address:

(1) social-cultural impacts on Asian American Young Adults,
(2) retention of Asian American Young Adults, and
(3) attracting Asian American Young Adults.

Registration deadline: Nov. 14.

Click here for more information and to register.

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East Region Update (from Andrew Lee)

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

On Saturday, October 16, leaders from various Asian Indian churches came together for a Discernment Conference to discuss the need to call the Lord’s workers for the next generation. The program was sponsored by the Princeton Forum and hosted by New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Presenters included Dr. John Coakley and Dr. Jessica Davis from NBTS, Rev. Dr. Jacob David of St. Paul’s and Resurrection Church, Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee from ISAAC, and Rev. Dr. Anand Veeraraj of the New Jersey Indian Church. The seminar was well received and there are plans to target the next conference for youth and young adults.

At the end of September, The Common Ground Project sponsored “The Next Generation Consultation” at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. This invitation only event gathered approximately fifty church leaders and seminarians from different denominations and ethnic backgrounds for mentorship and networking, collaboration to identify common problems churches face, and small group discussions to confer about sound ministerial practices. ISAAC was represented by Board chair, Dr. Russell Moy, and East Region Director, Dr. Andrew Lee. Andrew will remain engaged in this project for the next year through monthly teleconferencing, email, and scheduled future meetings.

Southern California update (from Young Lee Hertig)

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“God’s love transforms confusion into understanding, anger into harmony, and obstacles into order.”

Oct. 28, 2010

Greetings,

The year 2010 has gone by so fast!  Here are some upcoming events, as well as recent updates:

Upcoming Events

Asian American Women on Leadership (AAWOL) Book Events (Mirrored Reflections):
Nov. 15, 2010: Azusa Pacific University (East Campus, LAPC), 4:30 pm; presented by
Debbie Gin & Beverly Chen
Nov. 19, 2010: Intervarsity Fellowship (1095 Butte St, Claremont, CA), 8:30 pm;
featuring Beverly Chen & Joy Wong
Dec. 5, 2010:   Evergreen Baptist Church LA (Rosemead, CA), Time TBD; organized
by Melanie Mar Chow

Feb. 7-8, 2011: The second Asian American Equipping Symposium (AAES) entitled, “Living Out The Gospel: Asian American History — The Lost Coin” will take place at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). Speakers will include Douglas McConnell, David Yoo, Timothy Tseng, Charlene Jin Lee, Amos Yong, Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Eugene Cho, AAWOL authors, and Fuller faculty. http://ow.ly/30W1e

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Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America (Nov. 21st) SBL Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You are cordially invited to attend the following session:

Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia)
http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings

11/21/2010
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: M106 – Marriott Marquis
ISAAC (The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity) is introducing its latest journal issue devoted to the theme of Asian American Biblical Interpretation as it relates to the North American context. Several of the writers will be present to discuss their articles in the SANACS (Society of Asian North American Christian Studies) Journal.

For more information, contact:

Russell Moy, ISAAC Board Chair [email Russell]
Andrew Lee, East Regional Director [email Andrew]

National Update (Sept. 16, 2010)

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Sept. 16, 2010

Greetings friends!

I’m happy to share several new developments with ISAAC and SANACS since our last national newsletter. But first, you can save 10% off your purchase of our publications. Go to our revamped and simplified website: http://isaacweb.org, click “Publications,” select publication and click “Buy,” and enter code ‘ AUTUMN ‘ at checkout. The SANACS Journal 2010 is now available! [Click link]

Now for upcoming events and updates.

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