Ethnic Asian Churches in the U.S.!
Ethnicity! Estimated Count!
Asian Indian 1,317
Sri Lankan 15
Estimated Total! 9,075!
Why Churches Must Reproduce!
And Jesus came and said to them, “All
authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me. Go therefore and make
disciples of all na2ons, bap2zing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the
end of the age.”
MaShew 28:18-20 (ESV)
“The church is one generation away from extinction.”!
The Old Church
Next Generation Ministry is Challenging!
“Parents assumed that if you just sent
the kids to church through high school,
they’d come out being good Christians.
We all thought our kids would go to
church in college. That was a very naïve
Rev. Daniel Lee (1st gen, Global Mission Church, Maryland),
quoted in “Silent Exodus,” Christianity Today, 1996.
5 Cries of Asian American Christian Young Adults!
1. When will I grow up?
2. Can I embrace my race?
3. Am I loved?
4. Am I being fed at my church?
5. Am I ge`ng the best value?
Different Churches for Different Cultures!
Neither is new wine put into old
wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the
wine is spilled and the skins are
destroyed. But new wine is put into
fresh wineskins, and so both are
MaShew 9:17 (ESV)
Contextualizing the Gospel
portmanteau, a mashup of words!
Mul7-ethnic + Asian-American
Next Generation Multi-Asian Churches!
“autonomous English-speaking churches
that are inten2onally or incidentally
reaching next genera2on Asian
Americans and other non-Asians too
and led by an Asian American pastor”
What is a multi-Asian church?!
a. an ethnic Asian American church that’s reaching
mul2ple genera2ons of Asian Americans, with
worship services in both Asian and English
languages (e.g. could be a Korean-American church
or a Chinese-American church with Vietnamese-
b. mul2-ethnic church with Asian American pastoral
leadership (at least 20%) and Asian Americans in
the congrega2on (at least 20%)
c. mul2-ethnic church with Asian Americans in the
congrega2on but no Asian pastoral staﬀ
d. mul2-lingual & mul2-cultural church with over 20%
e. all of the above
Professor Yang, who wrote 'Religion in China: Survival and Revival
under Communist Rule', believes the number of Chris2ans in
China will rise to 160 million by 2025 and 247 million by 2030, just
as America's Chris2an popula2on appears to be waning.