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Calling Asian American Youth into Ministry (East Region internship)

January 24, 2011 4 comments

From Andrew Lee (ISAAC East Region Director)

There is an overwhelming need for clergy to lead the second generation, English language ministries of immigrant Asian 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 assist Asian American congregations in the CT/NJ/NY areas to address this urgent need, a summer internship program will be offered for college aged young adults who are considering full-time vocational ministry.  Successful applicants will serve in their respective churches and be mentored by a team of pastoral and lay leaders at their church, as well as by the ISAAC project coordinator.  Furthermore, the interns will meet weekly for support and peer mentoring.

At the end of the internship, there will be a worship service with the theme of calling at each participating church.  Interns will share about their experiences and members of the mentoring team will also have an opportunity to address the congregation and advocate the pursuit of God’s call.  Public conversation will be initiated on a topic that is seldom broached in the immigrant church.

Program Highlights

  • Summer internships jointly funded by ISAAC and the church.[1] College students will serve in various ministry capacities at their respective churches for approximately 8 weeks from June to August.
  • 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.
  • There will be a Lay Mentoring team of three people from the church with representation from both genders.  The intern with meet with this team as a group and not individually.  A learning covenant will be set up.
  • ISAAC staff will coordinate the entire project and meet with all the interns.  The interns will gather as a cohort to receive guidance, eat, pray, fellowship with and support each other.  This weekly meeting takes precedence over any church activity or responsibility.
  • End of summer service where the intern and mentoring team will share about calling with the congregation.
  • End of summer banquet/evaluation for all the mentoring teams
  • Application forms will be posted on the ISAAC website and can be downloaded here [download Application for ISAAC Summer Internship Program.2011].
  • Interns will be accepted beginning March 1 until all five are awarded.

ISAAC Project Coordinator: Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee

[Email Andrew] or call Phone: (718) 317-7930


[1] Students will receive a $1,500 stipend.  ISAAC will contribute $1,000 and the church $500.  In addition, there will be transportation, food and book subsidies from ISAAC.

East Region Update (from Andrew Lee)

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

On Saturday, October 16, leaders from various Asian Indian churches came together for a Discernment Conference to discuss the need to call the Lord’s workers for the next generation. The program was sponsored by the Princeton Forum and hosted by New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Presenters included Dr. John Coakley and Dr. Jessica Davis from NBTS, Rev. Dr. Jacob David of St. Paul’s and Resurrection Church, Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee from ISAAC, and Rev. Dr. Anand Veeraraj of the New Jersey Indian Church. The seminar was well received and there are plans to target the next conference for youth and young adults.

At the end of September, The Common Ground Project sponsored “The Next Generation Consultation” at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. This invitation only event gathered approximately fifty church leaders and seminarians from different denominations and ethnic backgrounds for mentorship and networking, collaboration to identify common problems churches face, and small group discussions to confer about sound ministerial practices. ISAAC was represented by Board chair, Dr. Russell Moy, and East Region Director, Dr. Andrew Lee. Andrew will remain engaged in this project for the next year through monthly teleconferencing, email, and scheduled future meetings.

East Region Update from Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee

August 30, 2010 1 comment

Dr. Soong Chan Rah at New York Chinese Alliance Church

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah gave two talks on his award winning book, The Next Evangelicalism, on July 17.  He spoke in the morning to a racially diverse group that had assembled at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS).  His lecture was so well received that nearly his entire shipment of books was sold afterwards!

The evening audience at New York Chinese Alliance Church (NYCAC) in New York City  consisted of more church leaders and fewer ministers and professors. Nevertheless, there was a good response to Professor Rah’s challenging ideas.

ISAAC would like to thank NBTS and NYCAC for hosting and co-sponsoring these talks!

2010 interns with Dr. Andrew Lee

The ISAAC Summer Internship program was held over an eight-week period with five interns from churches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and suburban New Jersey.  As was the case last year, it was a revealing encounter for these interns to experience church life outside their own neighborhoods and to share ideas about ministry with each other. Selected readings from the ISAAC Asian American Reader were discussed as well as studies on “calling.”  Special services on the concept of “call” were held at the participating churches at the end of the program.

Information on the Certificate in Asian American Youth Ministry and the Discernment Conference can be found at this link.

Rev. Andrew Lee, Ph.D [email me]
East Region Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Adjunct Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & New Brunswick Theological Seminary
718 317-7930

East Region announcements: Youth and Discernment events

August 17, 2010 1 comment

Beginning this fall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary is offering a one-year certificate program to train those who work with Asian American youth. All classes will be taught by Asian American instructors who hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) so that classes can be contextualized for the Asian American church culture. The courses will be taught on Saturday mornings in Flushing, beginning on September 18. For more information, see http://www.nbts.edu/newsite/certaa.cfm.  East Regional Director, Andrew Lee, will be teaching Old Testament Survey.

Coming in the fall, a Discernment Conference for all who are seeking to hear God’s call for their lives.  This one-day seminar is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 16, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey.  ISAAC East became a partner in this endeavor through its involvement with the Princeton Forum on Asian Indian Ministries.

Contact Rev. Andrew Lee, East Region Director, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and Adjunct Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & New Brunswick Theological Seminary. [Email Andrew]

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

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION BELOW:

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.