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Tim Tseng’s Presentations at EFC’s Bridging Conference (Feb. 19-21, 2009)

March 1, 2009 3 comments

It was a delight for me to have the opportunity to give a plenary presentation and two workshops at the Evangelical Formosan Church’s 2009 Bridging Conference at EFC-Los Angeles (Feb. 19-21, 2009). I was impressed by the efforts of both immigrant and American-raised or born generations of leaders to cooperate, teach, and learn from each other.

This conference was an occasion for me to test some concepts about creating healthy inter-generational leadership cultures. Through ISAAC, I hope to develop training and consulting resources for helping bi-generational Asian American churches more adequately address the “silent exodus” phenomenon. I’ve posted my slide shows on this blog. Email me if you’d like the original slides. – Tim Tseng

Plenary Presentation
This is the plenary presentation that I gave on Thursday evening (Feb. 19th).  I attempt to interpret the history of Chinese (and Taiwanese) American Christianity through the lens of “faith, hope, and love” – and call for Chinese (and Taiwanese) American churches to move towards an ethos of “love.”

Workshop One: Creating Bridging Cultures
This presentation summarizes three tools that I argue can help create “bridging cultures” among church leaders from different cultural or generational backgrounds. It is still a work in process, but I’m eager to help church leadership teams develop healthy “bridging cultures.”

Workshop 2: Preparing for College
My wife, Betty, and I believe that healthy inter-generational ministry requires attention to one of the most critical stages in family life – the transition from high school student to college. Churches that provide practical support for this stage of life may find many opportunities for integrating discipleship with their family ministries.

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