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ISAAC Summer Internships in New York/NJ Metro Area

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Calling Chinese American Youth into Ministry

Application due April 1, 2010

Program Summary

There is an overwhelming need for clergy to lead the second generation, English language ministries of immigrant Chinese 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 help Chinese congregations in the tri-state New York metropolitan area nurture a culture of call, a summer internship program will be offered for college and high school youth who are considering full-time vocational ministry. (Preference will be given to college students.)  Successful applicants will serve in their respective churches and be mentored by a team consisting of a pastoral staff member, a lay leader and the ISAAC staff person who will coordinate the project.

At the end of the internship, there will be a worship service centered on the theme of calling at each participating church.  Congregations will take an initial step toward becoming a calling congregation by committing human and financial resources to this project.

Program Description

  • Summer internships jointly funded by ISAAC and the church.  High school students to serve for six weeks (July 1 to mid-August) in various ministry capacities at their respective churches; college students for eight weeks (mid-June to mid-August).[1]
  • 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.
  • Lay mentor from the church; learning covenant between the two.
  • ISAAC staff will coordinate the entire project and meet weekly with the interns.  The interns will gather as a cohort to receive guidance, eat, pray, fellowship with and support each other.
  • Hospitality team from the church to host the intern for various meals if possible.
  • End of summer service where the intern and mentoring team will share about calling with the congregation.
  • Written testimony about the summer experience from the intern, to be translated into Chinese for the entire congregation.
  • End of summer banquet/evaluation for all the mentoring teams

ISAAC Project Coordinator: Rev. Andrew Lee, Ph.D.

For more information, email Andrew Lee at this link.

Or call: 718 317-7930


application-for-isaac-summer-internship-program-2010(2) Updated March 4, 2010 – includes recommendation form

[1] The summer stipend for the full 8 weeks will be a minimum of $1,500.  ISAAC will fund $1,000 of this amount.  Each church will contribute at least $500 to support its intern.

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.

Effective Asian Young Adult Ministry Workshop, Mar. 28, 2009 (Cupertino, Bay Area)

March 4, 2009 2 comments

Friday, March 27, 2009


Good morning! I am looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the Effective Asian American Young Adults Ministries workshop (March 28, 9 AM – 2 PM).


  • We are meeting at:
Good Shepherd Christian Church, Cupertino
940 South Stelling Road (at Jollyman Lane)
Cupertino, CA 95014
(just South of De Anza College, next to Jollyman Park)
Pastors Joseph Chiu and Peter Wang are our hosts.
  • The doors will open at 8:30 AM for registration, tea, coffee, light snacks, and fellowship!
  • If you have not yet paid the registration fee, please bring a check payable to ISAAC and give it to Marie McCulley, our registrar.
  • If you need to contact us tomorrow, call Marie McCulley – our registrar – at her cell phone (626) 372-9264. Email her at this link.
  • If you have any questions today, it would be best to speak to Johnson Chiu at his cell phone (925) 548-3762 or via email at this link. I’ll be in meetings almost all day.

NOTE: If you are one of the first 10 to arrive, you’ll be eligible for a “door prize”! If you stay to the very end, you can win another “prize”! It’ll be informative AND fun!

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Effective Asian American Young Adult Ministry
An ISAAC Equipping & Resource Center workshop – co-sponsored by the Good Shepherd Christian Church
Saturday, March 28, 2008 (8:30 am – 2 pm) <- corrected
Good Shepherd Christian Church, Cupertino
940 South Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

What this workshop is about:

Asian American young adults are fast becoming one of the nation’s most influential groups. Yet, in many Chinese, Taiwanese, and other Asian American churches today they can hardly be found. What do we need to understand in approaching this large segment of the population?

Come and find out by hearing from people who are on the front lines, working with young adults in an effective manner today. This panel features hosting Pastors Peter Wang and Joseph Chiu and Tim Tseng, Executive Director of ISAAC. The workshop also offers plenty of time for questions and interaction to equip you in your ministry.

The workshop is geared towards pastors, ministry leaders and adults concerned about reaching young adults.

The fee for this one-day workshop (including lunch) is only $30. Participants from ISAAC member churches receive a 20% discount ($24/registrant). Find out how your church can be an ISAAC member church – contact Johnson Chiu at

Register on-line at

Tentative Schedule:

8:30   Doors and registration open – come for fellowship, tea, coffee, and light snacks!

9:00   Welcome (Johnson Chiu, Director of the ER Center)

9:15   Tim Tseng (Asian American Young Adult Culture and Needs)

9:45   Joseph Chiu (How Immigrant Generation Church Leaders Can Help)

10:30  Groups (to provide feedback and additional suggestions)

11:00   Peter Wang (Ideas for Reaching and Retaining Young Adults)

11:45   Groups (to provide feedback and additional suggestions)

12:15   Lunch

12:45   Panel Questions & Answers; Sharing of Group Feedback

1:45    Wrap up and ISAAC Announcements

ISAAC 2009 Lenten Devotional now available!

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment
Road of Suffering, Road to Glory: Lenten Devotional 2009

Road of Suffering, Road to Glory: Lenten Devotional 2009

According to Wikipedia, Lent is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible he endured temptation by Satan. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We at ISAAC are delighted to make available to you our 2009 Lenten Devotional, edited by Rev. Dr. Johnson Chiu, Director of ISAAC’s Equipping and Resource Center. This devotional was written by Asian American English ministry leaders and pastors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

To download a free pdf version (without the cool looking cover) or to purchase a hard copy ($5.70 + s/h), click this link.

You can also sign up to receive an email of each day’s devotional beginning Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2009) through Easter Sunday (Apr. 12, 2009) below. But sign up soon – Ash Wednesday is only a week away! CLICK LINK BELOW: