Revitalizing Asian American Churches 26sep07

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presentation made by DJ Chuang at The Gathering, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (Rosemead, CA) on September 26, 2007

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  • Revitalizing Asian American Churches 26sep07

    1. 2. Revitalizing Asian American Churches for New Generations DJ Chuang www.djchuang.com September 26, 2007
    2. 3. what have I done <ul><li>Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Strategist </li></ul><ul><li>Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Father </li></ul>
    3. 4. 2 print-on-demand books <ul><li>Asian American Youth Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations: Asian American Evangelical Theologies in Formation </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’, and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Matthew 16:2-3 </li></ul>
    5. 14. <ul><li>50+ </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. churches close each week </li></ul>from http://www.newchurchinitiatives.org/morechurches/index.htm
    6. 15. <ul><li>80% </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. churches plateaued or declining </li></ul>from http://www.newchurchinitiatives.org/morechurches/index.htm
    7. 16. Four stages of organizational decline Cf. Mark Driscoll’s Confessions of a Reformission Rev pp.141-144 http://www.encounterthis.com/blog/?p=142
    8. 17. 5% of the US Population is Asian American (July 2004) http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/006587.html
    9. 18. 14.4M Asian Americans in the US (July 2005)
    10. 19. 2000 U.S. Census, cf. wikipedia entry on “Asian American”
    11. 20. 33.4M Asian Americans by 2050 (projected)
    12. 21. 87% of Asian Americans are high school graduates (age 25 and older)
    13. 22. 49% of Asian Americans are college graduates (age 25 and older)
    14. 23. 20% of Asian Americans have graduate degrees (Masters, Ph.D., M.D.)
    15. 24. $61,094 Highest median household income of any racial group
    16. 25. 11.1% Poverty rate for single-race Asians (up from 9.8% in 2004)
    17. 26. 17.9% Without health insurance single-race Asians (up from 16.5% in 2004)
    18. 27. <ul><li>For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation , he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 13:36 </li></ul>
    19. 28. 56% Asian Americans unchurched http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=229
    20. 29. 26% Asian Americans under age 18
    21. 30. 69.7% Asian Americans who speak English “very well” derived from the Census 2000 report &quot;Language Use and English-Speaking Ability&quot; at http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/c2kbr-29.pdf
    22. 31. Asian American Churches estimated numbers from online directories, CM&A, ISAAC
    23. 32. <ul><li>Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved . Matthew 9:17 </li></ul>
    24. 33. Four stages of organizational decline Cf. Mark Driscoll’s Confessions of a Reformission Rev pp.141-144 http://www.encounterthis.com/blog/?p=142
    25. 34. Revitalization: Window of opportunity
    26. 35. <ul><li>Southeast Asian Leaders (2006 national conference) </li></ul>
    27. 36. <ul><li>Next Gen South Asians Leaders </li></ul>
    28. 37. <ul><li>Evergreen LA (here) </li></ul>
    29. 38. <ul><li>NewSong (Irvine + NOC + LA + Bangkok + more) </li></ul>
    30. 39. <ul><li>Quest Church (Seattle) </li></ul><ul><li>photo credits: BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER / The Seattle Times, http://flickr.com/photos/54896089@N00/487696832/ </li></ul>
    31. 40. <ul><li>Lakeview Church (Chicago) </li></ul>
    32. 41. <ul><li>Grace Covenant Church (Philadelphia) </li></ul>
    33. 42. <ul><li>Vox Veniae (Austin, Texas) </li></ul>http://flickr.com/photos/speedye/1305243195
    34. 43. <ul><li>100+ </li></ul><ul><li>English-speaking Asian-led multi-Asian / multi-ethnic churches less than 10 years old </li></ul>
    35. 44. $50,000 Sarang Community Church’s annual fund for church planting by 2 nd Generation Koreans and other minorities http://blog.l2foundation.org/2007/08/29/multiethnic-church-planting-fund/
    36. 45. what existing churches can do <ul><li>Encourage creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Raise up young leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Support church planting with prayer, people, and funds </li></ul><ul><li>“ To reach people no one is reaching, do things no one else is doing.” (Craig Groeschel) </li></ul>
    37. 46. http://flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/139376081/ http://flickr.com/photos/sadaqah/426291086/
    38. 47. DJ Chuang www.djchuang.com L 2 Foundation www.L2Foundation.org Leadership Network www.LeadNet.org Q&A

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