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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:, 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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Developing a TRANSFORMISSIONAL CHURCH: ISAAC-Fuller Pac NW seminar (Oct. 1-2)

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Oct 1-2, Fuller Theological Seminary, Nickerson Business Park, 101 Street, Ste 330, Seattle, WA 98109


This is a follow-up to our successful inaugural conference in February. We are focusing on ministry how-to’s and best practices to help your church reach and retain the next generation(s). There will be engaging presentations, dialogues and discussions to encourage, enrich and equip all participants.

  1. Transforming Your Church to Impact the Next Generation
  2. Missional Focus on Reaching the Next Generation
  3. Developing a Culture of Internships
  4. Developing a Discipleship Legacy
  5. Evangelism strategies to reach the Next Generation

Seminar Schedule:

Friday, 7-9.30 PM AND Saturday, 10 AM -5.30 PM

Seminar Speakers:

Dr. Raymond Chang, Sr. Pastor, Ambassador Church, Brea, CA, brings a wealth of ministy experiences. He has planted two Evangelical Free churches (Washington DC and Los Angeles) and assisted in planting three other churches in Colorado, California and Arizona. He is the Ethnic Church Planter of the year, 2006, EFCA. He has also served as a lead trainer with the EFCA Church Planting Bootcamps for ten years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Talbot Theological Seminary, Phoenix Seminary, and ACTS Seminary. He is an effective reruiter, mentor and mobilizer of young leaders in multi-ethnic pastoral ministry, and has great communication skills in vision casting.

Dr. Peter Lim, ISAAC PacNW Regional Director, has engaged in recruiting and deploying missionary candidates for more than two decades in more than 10 countries, revitalizing youth ministries in churches, providing leadership in church visioning for growth and change, mentoring younger leaders and youth pastors, and is currently researching on Chinese churches in greater LA, and working on publishing his dissertation on growing emotionally healthy Chinese churches for future generations.

Registration Fees: $50 (including materials and lunch on Saturday). Please register by Sep 24th. Payment by check or cash will be accepted on the day of the conference. Please make checks payable to ISAAC.

Sponsors: Fuller Theological Seminary, Northwest and Seattle Chinese Alliance Church

Peter Lim 林志堅 [Email me]

Director of ISAAC Pacific Northwest Region
Project Director, Geater LA Chinese Church Research
Institute of the Study of Asian American Christianity


Workshop: The Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings (Nor Cal)

April 15, 2010 3 comments

What lessons have you learned about being an effective communicator among Asian American Christians? How can we equip one another and future pastors to preach faithfully and relevantly to the Asian American contexts? ISAAC believes that the most valuable insights come from practitioners who engage Scripture and theology with a careful reflection on the cultural contexts of their ministries. So join us and share your ideas at this free workshop!

Daniel WongThe workshop features Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Canada. Daniel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a full-time English Ministry pastor at the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church and then at the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church for a total of 18 years. Over the past 10 years he has been teaching preaching as part of his course load. His D.Min. and one of his Th.M’s are in the preaching area. For more information, see Daniel’s website at and check out his article “Preaching in a Multicultural World.”

Please register on-line to give us an accurate count for lunch! Go to:

Chinese Church in Christ – North Valley (Milpitas)
399 South Main Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM – 01:30 PM

· 9:45 AM Gather, register, snacks
· 10:00 AM Welcome, devotionals, and introduction
· 10:15 AM Daniel Wong presentation: “Current Trends in Homiletics with Implications for Preaching in the Asian American Church”
· 10:35 AM Pastors’ conversation about the art of preaching in Asian American settings (facilitated by Daniel Wong)
· 11:20 AM Break
· 11:30 AM Lessons learned and concluding thoughts
· 12:00 PM Catered lunch
· 12:45 PM Optional time to continue conversation or fellowship with one another

ISAAC Asian American Continuing Education Seminar

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment


“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know the love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” — Ephesians 3:17

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010, 9:00AM-5:00PM


Payton Hall, Room 303

Pasadena, CA


As a follow up to the inaugural Asian American Equipping Symposium (AAES) held last November 2-3 at Fuller Theological Seminary, SoCal ISAAC is pleased to announce a one-day continuing education seminar for Asian American pastors, para-church leaders, and lay leaders.  Once again, Fuller President Richard J. Mouw will be with us to continue the dialogue we began last year and will address “The Future of Theological Formation.”  We will expand upon and unpack the content presented at the AAES, specifically the topographic analysis done by respondent Dr. Charlene Jin Lee  (Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of Student Formation, San Francisco Theological Seminary/Southern California) of one of the themes discussed by keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Tran (Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, Baylor University)–the “Roomy-ness of God”–to address gender, generations, and the future of Asian American ministry.  We look forward to seeing you all at this one-day event to experience God’s “vastness.”


9:00am            Registration

9:30am            Introduction (Young Lee Hertig & Mary Hubbard Given)

10:00am          Future of Theological Formation (Richard J. Mouw)

10:30am          Q & A

10:45am          Roomy-ness of God and Gender in the Church (Charlene Jin Lee)

11:45am          Q & A

Noon               Lunch

1:00pm            Intergenerational Fish Bowl (Peter Lai, Kevin Doi)

2:00pm            Breakout sessions (generation, gender, and future)

3:30pm            Breakout session plenary and Reflection (Young Lee Hertig)


The Roomy-ness of God and Gender in the Church:

  • Who is at your table?
  • Are we willing to image God and to speak and teach of God as beyond male?
  • Are we willing to image the ministry of God and theological agency entrusted to all made in God’s image?
  • Are we prepared to critically examine the male-bodiedness of our pastoral staff, of our sessions or governing boards, our elders, our leaders?
  • Are we prepared to widen the circle of our Theology and open the invisible gates in our churches to invite unintended, complex voices that might disturb and make messy whatever neat categories we’ve knowingly or unknowingly established?

The Roomy-ness of God and Intergenerational Relationships in the Church:

  • What pastoral traits does the pioneer generation want to impart to the succeeding generations?  (Peter Lai)
  • What are the most important issues that you want the pioneer generation to understand about your pastoral ministry? (Kevin Doi)

The Roomy-ness of God and Constructing Asian North American Theologies: The Power of Context, the Power of Story, “Historical Locatedness”

  • What are the priorities for God’s mission in today’s world?
  • Who are at the table of theological discourse?
  • Who are missing at the table?
  • What are the unifying stories?
  • Is there Asian American Christianity apart from European Christianity?


* Young Lee Hertig: Director of SoCal ISAAC (Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity) and AAWOL (Asian American Women On Leadership)

* Mary Hubbard Given: Associate Vice President of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, Fuller Theological Seminary


* Richard J. Mouw: President of Fuller Theological Seminary

* Charlene Jin Lee: Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of Spiritual Formation, San Francisco Theological Seminary/Southern California

* Peter Lai, Pastor of Alhambra True Light Presbyterian Church, Alhambra, California

* Kevin Doi, Pastor of Epic Church (American Baptist), Fullerton, California


Regular registration fee: $50.00

Student registration fee: $20.00

(Note to M.Div. students:  This seminar can qualify for field education units.  Please contact your seminary’s field education office to apply.)

Register online:

Report on the Asian American Symposium at Fuller Seminary: Young Lee Hertig

November 23, 2009 1 comment

November 16, 2009
Apologies to Young Lee Hertig for the delay in posting this report… Tim Tseng

The Inaugural AAES Epiphany
By Young Lee Hertig, Director of ISAAC-SoCal/AAWOL (Asian American Women On Leadership)

The dream of gathering one of the most scattered group, Asian American Christian leaders, came true when the inaugural Asian American Equipping Symposium kicked off on November 2-3 at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Initial idea came from ISAAC’S Executive Director, Timothy Tseng, who began lectureship circuits in Northern California with various Universities.  In implementing the vision, as fellow African American pastors would say, “When you don’t have teeth to chew, gum it” relying on daily divine whispers and riding along the whimsical wind of the Spirit.

The first whisper in implementing the dream came through a meeting with Howard Loewen, Dean of School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  When the Dean announced his fall Sabbatical, the new partnership emerged with Fuller’s Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations turned  dream possible.  Tirelessly everyone in Mary Hubbard Given’s office devoted their time to the details of the two-day event—lecture, panel, breakout session, banquet, and luncheon.

The Program Highlights

The keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Tran, an Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics,  framed the lectures of the past and future of Asian American churches with “both and” paradigm, not “either or.”  It was the right frame to contain multiple facets of bridging the inaugural AAES aimed.  Bridging both theologies with the Asian American churches, the past with the future, and diverse intra Asian American ethnic groups, Tran walked us through the interpretive path that was so rich in its contents and candor in delivery.  Participants were captivated by vivid biblical narratives resonant with Asian American journeys.  The panel responses on Monday included three school faculty and Asian American pastors: Jehu J. Hanciles, Mark Lau Branson, Miyoung Yoon Hammer, Ken Fong, and Michael Lee.   We are so grateful for panelists taking their busy time off to deliver their insights.

Monday evening was the Asian American Leadership Banquet  and 160 people filled the room, Payton 101 at Fuller Theological Seminary.  At the 11th hour, the Women of Four (Mary Hubbard Given, Bert Jacklitch, Bonnie Stevens, and Young Lee Hertig) decided to change the banquet venue from the Rose Tournament House to Payton 101 to accommodate everyone who wanted to come to the banquet.  We apologize for those who didn’t have time to check the last minute email sent out when we changed the venue for the banquet.  At the banquet, President Rich Mouw almost turned his keynote address, Theological Imagination With Asian American Churches” in interpretive dance after Ashley Thaxton’s liturgical dance to the song, “In This Very Room,” sung by Debra Williams.  We almost believed that he might since Mrs. Phyllis Mouw was present

On Tuesday Tran covered why Asian American Churches are the Future.  The panelists were Charlene Jin Lee, Timothy Tseng, Charles Lee, Melanie Mar Chow, and Benjamin Shin.   Gender issues in Asian American Churches, addressed by Charlene Jin Lee, in particular captivated everyone.  Tran continued dialogue by email exchanges with Jin Lee even after his return to Texas.

The breakout sessions with Jonathan Wu and Melanie Mar Chow’s leadership, were divided into four To let you know, we will have four topics for discussion and strategic thinking:
1.  The future of AA pastoral leadership
2.  The future of AA women in ministry
3.  The future of the intergenerational AA church
4.  The future of theological formation in AA churches

Jonathan and Melanie expressed their appreciation of the deep level of engagement and learning happening in all of the groups as Jonathan Tran and the panelists paved the way for some serious interactions in our breakout groups.  We are grateful to you all for navigating the direction toward constructive conversations and substantive outcomes.  We deeply appreciate participants recommendations with the clarity to keep traction and momentum going forward.

Last but not the least, the inaugural AAES was possible through sponsorships of local churches, para-church organizations and friends.  ISAAC appreciates all of your financial support that made our collective dreaming possible.

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.


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 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.


Timothy Tseng
Executive Director, ISAAC

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ISAAC Fall Calendar
Please check 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.

Asian American Christianity Reader soon to be released!

April 22, 2009 1 comment

ISAAC and the Pacific Asian American & Canadian Christian Education project is delighted to announce the scheduled release of the Asian American Christianity Reader. It will be available in May, just in time for Asian American Heritage month. See for more information.