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Nor Cal: A Conversation on Pastoral Leadership & Congregational Development with Rev. Dr. James Chuck (Apr. 22, 2010)


A Conversation on Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Development

Thursday, April 22, 2010    9:30- 3:00 at the

Berkeley Chinese Community Church, UCC
2117 Acton Street, Berkeley, California  94702
(The church has a parking lot where you may park you car)

Pastoral Leadership:

  • Where does pastoral authority come from?
  • Towards a theology of pastoral ministry.
  • Making do with what we have.
  • Short and long term goals.
  • Adding value during our tenure.
  • Developing a person centered ministry.
  • Pastor as orchestra conductor.
  • Action/Reflection.
  • Creating an environment for the Spirit to work.
  • When a congregation calls a pastor.

Some Issues in Congregational Development

  • Congregations come in all sizes: S, M, L, & XL
  • Congregations are at different stages of their life cycles.
  • The congregation and its specific social context.
  • Different ways congregations grow.
  • Non-traditional ways of looking at the mission of a congregation.

Presenter/Facilitator: James Chuck, Th.D., Pastor Emeritus, First Chinese Baptist Church, S. F. (1951-1991); Professor Emeritus of Theology and Church Ministries, American Baptist Seminary of the West (1991- 2007), and Director of the Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project (a program initiative of ISAAC).

Tentative Schedule

10:00 AM: Devotional.

10:30 AM: James Chuck shares about pastoral leadership

11:15 AM: Discussion groups (goal to develop deeper insights)

12:00 Noon: Lunch

1:00 PM: James Chuck shares his about congregational development

1:45 PM: Discussion groups

2:30 PM: Wrap up & plan next seminar

3:00 PM: Dismissal

Who should attend: This event is opened to pastors, church staffs, lay leaders, academics, and other interested persons. The Research Seminar is interested in receiving your input so that our understanding in the areas being discussed may be enlarged, enriched, and sharpened by the experiences and insights which participants bring to the table. That is why we call this event a “conversation.” Feel free to invite colleagues in ministry whom you feel may be interested.

Registration: Register by sending an email to, giving your name (as well as names of others who may be coming with you) and your church or institutional affiliation.

We will take an offering to cover the cost of lunch and incidentals. Questions:  email, or call James Chuck, (510) 655-5100.

We will hold another research seminar in the Fall.

One-Day CONFAB Event – May 2 (Berkeley, CA)

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

You are cordially invited to a one-day


On Saturday, May 2, 2009 ( 9:30- 3:30 )

At the Berkeley Chinese Community Church
2117 Acton St. Berkeley (510) 549-2222
Parking available in the church parking lot

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for English-speaking adults from Chinese historic Mainline churches an opportunity for fellowship & sharing.


Exploring how family & extended Clan, teachers & mentors, spouses & friends have contributed to the persons we are today. This small group interactive experience will be facilitated by Rev. James Chuck.

$15.00 per person includes lunch. Make checks payable to “Confab.” Register with the designated registrar for your church. Individual registrations may be sent to James Chuck, 33 Linda Ave., #1701, Oakland, 94611.

We need your name, address, zip, phone, & email address. Questions? Call (510) 655-5100; or

What is CONFAB? Confab is the abbreviated designation for the National Conference of Chinese Christian Churches in America. Confab was organized in 1955 to bring together Chinese churches from time to time for fellowship, inspiration, and learning. The current programmatic emphasis for Confab is the strengthening of relationships between the historic Mainline Chinese churches in the Bay Area. The current Confab cabinet includes Carole Jan Lee (chair), Byron Chan, Fred Hee, Paul Hom, Adlai Jew, Esther Lee, Jean Low, Don Ng, Sebastian Ong, Alan Wong, & Yale Yee