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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: 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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Report: Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop (NCal)

May 24, 2010 3 comments

The following is the report and raw data collected from the participants at the Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop with Dr. Daniel L. Wong on May 13, 2010.

DOWNLOAD Art of Preaching Workshop raw data
DOWNLOAD Bibliography of Preaching in a Multicultural World, compiled by Dr. Daniel L. Wong

Over 50 participants attended this ISAAC Northern California event, which was held at the Chinese Church in Christ, North Valley. Most of the participants were pastors, ministry leaders, and lay preachers.

Dr. Wong provided a 20-minute presentation entitled, “Recent Trends in Homiletics and Implications for Preaching in the Asian American Church.” This was followed by a 45-minute discussion period where participants reflected on the outline and made recommendations for effective preaching in Asian American settings. Data from the eight discussion groups is found in Part 2 of the report. Rev. Dr. Karl Fung of Berkeley Congregational Church contributed a sermon that he delivered on Mother’s Day that reflected on how Christianity can engage Confucianism in East Asian cultural contexts.

Daniel has posted his outline, some recommended books, and links to his sermons and interviews relating to the topic of preaching. To view these resources, visit his home page at: http://www.tyndale.ca/~dwong/viewpage.php?pid=32

DJ Chuang interviewed Daniel shortly after our workshop at:
http://djchuang.com/2010/what-about-asian-american-preaching/ OR

Here is the link to Matthew D. Kim’s article on Asian American Preaching:
http://www.preachingtoday.com/skills/artcraft/53–kim.html

The general response of participants to the workshop was quite favorable. I think the opportunity to fellowship with fellow pastors and church leaders contributed to an enjoyable social gathering and a jovial atmosphere. Most also felt that we did not have enough time to engage the topic more deeply and therefore, were not able to “exegete” the Asian American distinctive carefully enough. I concur with this assessment. The large number of participants and short time frame made it impossible to get beyond the first question of declaring the importance of contextualized preaching in Asian American settings.

But that was not the only obstacle. Just about every Asian American ministry, theology, and scholarly gatherings that I’ve ever attended has been unable to get past the initial step. The fundamental challenge Asian Americans face is to create a relatively clear self-representation amidst our incredible language, cultural, and generational diversities. For example, using terms such as “yellow,” “Confucian,” or “shame” reflect East Asian contexts that South and Southeast Asian Americans do not share. I suspect that the only commonality we share is how we are treated or viewed by America. Our inter-generational challenges, our perceived foreignness, our shared history of anti-Asian discrimination are pretty much the only thing that we seem to hold in common. Can we truly create a new self-representation on this basis?

Another challenge relates to our theology. ISAAC and the participants in this workshop agree that contexualization is very much needed in our ministry and theological reflections. But to what degree do we contextualize? One generation of mainline Protestant Asian and Asian American theologians have come and gone (I think of Kosuke Koyama, C.S. Song, Jung Young Lee, Roy Sano, David Ng, etc.). Their theology is viewed with suspicion by many Asian American evangelicals for being too “liberal,” though I suspect most have not read these authors (their books are usually out of print and inaccessible). Without these pioneers in contextualized theology as resources, to whom can Asian American Christian leaders turn? No seminary in North America provides adequate resources for the development of contextualized Asian American theology and ministry (not even Asian language seminaries). So where can the next generation of church leaders in Asian American settings turn to if they seek to counter the assimilationist (and anti-global/anti-multi-cultural) assumptions in North American Christianity?

At least in the area of preaching, ISAAC Northern California’s next step will be to try to develop adequate resources. We would like to invite a few participants to meet, review the raw data, do some additional research, and draft outlines of resources that go beyond the first step. Please let me know if you’d like to be part of a small group to develop this preaching resource further! I look forward to hearing from you!

In the meantime, I thank all our participants for coming and making the workshop so enjoyable. I hope we will find more opportunities to fellowship and support one another in our ministries! I want to again thank our co-sponsors, the First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco, Chinese for Christ Church of Hayward, Chinese Church in Christ North Valley, Grace Covenant Community Church, Overflow Ministry, and Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church, for providing funds, resources, and hospitality for this event.

Again, our philosophy is to partner with you and your ministries in order to develop resources for ministry among Asian Americans – so we are counting on you to help strengthen this special work for God’s kingdom! So keep looking out for future ISAAC Nor Cal events and opportunities to partner!

Peace,

Timothy Tseng 曾 祥 雨
Executive Director, ISAAC
Interim English Pastor, Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

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 www.tyndale.ca/~dwong/ and check out his article “Preaching in a Multicultural World.”

Please register on-line to give us an accurate count for lunch! Go to: http://bit.ly/d6aq24

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

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

Schedule:
· 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

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

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

The Growth of the Chinese Churches in the Bay Area – 2008 report available in November!

October 14, 2008 2 comments

ISAAC is pleased to announce that “The Growth of the Chinese Churches in the Bay Area – 2008 report of the The Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project, Phase II” will be available this November! This report, edited by Dr. James Chuck and Timothy Tseng, is a follow-up study of Dr. Chuck’s 1996 profile of the Chinese churches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The report will include an updated profile of Bay Area Chinese churches along with essays that explore the demographics of Chinese Americans in the Bay Area, the history of Chinese Protestantism and Catholicism, reflections on ministry, and essays that highlight issues in Chinese American ministry. Here is the report’s table of contents:

  • Chinese American Demographic Change in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990-2000, by Russell Jeung and Dean Adachi
  • The Growth of the Chinese Churches in the Bay Area, by James Chuck
  • Report on the church consultations, by Donald Ng
  • “Faith, Hope, and Love” – Themes in the History of Chinese Protestantism in the Bay Area, by Timothy Tseng
  • A History of Chinese Catholics in San Francisco and the Bay Area, by Ricky Manalo CSP
  • Patterns in Development of the English Ministry in a Chinese Church, by Ken Carlson
  • Flourishing for More Than 3.8 Years in Ministry, by Johnson Chiu
  • From Surgery to Acupuncture: An Alternative Approach to Managing Church Conflict from an Asian American Perspective, by Virstan B.Y. Choy
  • The Search for Asian American Worship, by Russell Yee
  • Issues in Asian Youth Ministry, by Victor Quon
  • Bathsheba Transformed: From Silence to Voice, by Chloe Sun
  • Ministry is Like a Marathon, by Steve Quen

Information about how to order the report will be provided on the ISAAC website soon. You can also find out by attending one of the three “Growth of Chinese Churches” half-day research report conferences in November 2008. – Tim Tseng