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Growing Healthy Asian American Churches [Paperback]

By Peter Cha (Editor), S. Steve Kang (Editor) & Helen Lee (Editor)
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IVP Print On Demand Title The Asian American church is in transition. Congregations face the challenges of preserving ethnic culture and heritage while contextualizing their ministry to younger generations and the unchurched. Many Asian American church leaders struggle with issues like leadership development, community dynamics and intergenerational conflict. But often Asian American churches lack the resources and support they need to fulfill their callings. Peter Cha, Steve Kang and Helen Lee and a team of veteran Asian American pastors and church leaders offer eight key values for healthy Asian American churches. Drawing on years of expertise and filled with practical examples from landmark churches like Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, NewSong Church and Lighthouse Christian Church, the book provides soundly biblical perspectives for effective ministry that honors the Asian American cultural context. Insights from such pioneering leaders as Ken Fong, David Gibbons, Grace May, Wayne Ogimachi, Steve Wong, Nancy Sugikawa and Soong-Chan Rah make this an essential guide for Asian American church leaders wanting to help their congregations achieve health and growth. Produced in partnership with the Catalyst Leadership Center, a resource organization for Asian American church ministry.

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Growing Healthy Asian American Churches by Peter Cha, S. Steve Kang & Helen Lee has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Multicultural Review - 06/01/2006 page 83
  • Christianity Today - 06/01/2006 page 62

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP Books
ISBN  0830833250  
ISBN13  9780830833252  

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More About Peter Cha, S. Steve Kang & Helen Lee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Cha is associate professor of pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He received his graduate training in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div. And Th.M.) and received his doctorate in religion in society and personality from Northwestern University. He previously served as a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and as a youth pastor, church planter and senior pastor. His publications include chapters inFollowing Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents (InterVarsity Press), articles in Korean Americans and Their Religions (Pennsylvania State University Press) in Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns (Zondervan) and in This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press), as well as articles in several scholarly and denominational journals.

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Not Recommended  Feb 12, 2008
All the contributors come from mainline churches or liberal churches. Possibly some are moderate at best. While it majors in Asian American sociological and anthropological trends and findings, it is extremely light in theology and ecclesiology.

This book devalues and marginalizes Gospel theology in favor of Asian American sociology to shape the ministries of the church. While it realizes that in many Asian American churches, a discontinuity exists between doctrinal orthodoxy and practical orthopraxy, this book suggests that in order to have continuity, it is doctrinal orthodoxy that must "be biblically and critically reassessed" to meet sociological and anthropological orthopraxy rather than reassessing the sociological and anthropological orthopraxy to meet doctrinal orthodoxy.

It is heavy on arguments of methodological comparison (Asian Americans methodology vs. Western American methodology) and personal testimonies of "what works" and "what doesn't work." But what few biblical Gospel references are given, they are interpreted through liberal or moderate theologies. The book is biased toward the Egalitarian view of role of women in ministry, as it is hailed as biblical while the Complamentarian view of role of women in ministry is mocked as sexist.

As a 2nd-Generation Asian American myself and a Reformed Baptist pastor, I found this book of little help in leading the church to become and understanding how the church can become biblically healthy. But, hopefully, this book will spark more theologically and biblically robust works to follow.
Growing Healthy Asian American Churches  Jan 20, 2008
This book is very informative and is a must read for anyone who desires to work among Asian Americans in the area of ministry. The book is written by a group of Asian American authors and pastors from the view of their first hand experiences as both Christians and ministers struggling with both real and perceived problems that are present in the Asian American communities and churches. This text helps bring a greater understanding and awareness of potential barriers that exist when it comes to creating a healthy church environment among Asian Americans in the United States. It deals with historical problems, current problems and issues, and potential future problems as seen through the eyes of the contributing authors. This book also can help build cultural sensitivity as one looks at a culture within our American culture that has often been overlooked and misunderstood.
Relevant and Insightful  Apr 29, 2006
I found myself pulled in immediately from the first chapter. The truth captured in each chapter is not meant only for Asian Christians but can shed light upon struggles that Christians from all backgrounds can relate to.

Real life examples and illustrations in each chapter allow the readers to become fully engaged in the book, and I found myself relating to many of these stories.

This is the type of a "handbook" that can help any leader, be it pastors or elders or deacons as they search for God's truth and purpose with each challenge they face in building up the body of Christ. After having read it once, it will be included as one of my reference books that I will turn to as I did with The Purpose Driven Church, The Masterplan of Evangelism and others.
a seminal book for Christian ministry leaders!  Apr 20, 2006
The book is rich, meaningful, and insightful--it puts words and heartfelt stories to many issues encountered in the faith journey of so many Asian Americans.

I admire the adept skill of the editors and contributors to pulled together such a volume, acknowledging the complexities and differences among the broad-stroke that often painted on Asian Americans, yet finding strong similiarities and themes that resonate for most of us in this social location. We as Asian American Christians have so much more in common and much to learn from one another, than to be siloed behind histories and labels of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and dozens of other Asian American ethnicities.

I believe this is a seminal book not only for Asian Americans, but for its attempt to wrestle with the church's orthodoxy and orthopraxy in an ethnic context. Too often theology is done with unstated ethnic-cultural assumptions from a Euro-centric perspective, and I think there's great value unearthed by this book to take a look at theology not only in an intellectual abstract, but also in the very human ethnic-cultural context.

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