Well, now I’ve done it. I’ve provoked, er, encouraged my mentor (and supporter) Paul Chou to go on record with his perspective on the 2nd generation Asian Americans’ struggle with their faith and finding a church home, and actually proposes a solution. The experts quoted in this past weekend’s LA Times call this situation a ‘crisis of leadership’.
So in the L2 blog comment thread, Paul weighs in with his first comment post, excerpted here:
A problem will not go away, unless a solution is provided. 2007 marks the 8th year into the first decade of the 21st century. Then the young Chinese Americans whom I worked with and served some 30 years ago are all professional leaders in the market place. They are the upper middle class in America. I constantly pray for them with the hope that they would step and start to consider to “plant or to start NEW Asian American churches” to serve their generation. Why continue to manage “pain” and “frustration”? As a matter of fact, many just attend other churches without a chance to lead and to serve (for this group, many other churches do not even know who they are and how to serve them?). Why not step up and gather 12 healthy, strong, progressive families to launch a new church, creating a job for a healthy, strong, progressive seminary graduate to start to serve and to respond to God’s simple calling – become who you are meant to be; live the life you were meant to live!
To me, the next generation Asian Americans are the best leaders to serve America – a being with both the best of the east and the west, deeply committed to God’s truth. These groups of young Asian Americans are the new forces for the post-modern America society. And they are to be the leaders of America if they decide to respond.
Read the full context at the L2 Foundation blog and add your comment there >> Please add a comment and warmly welcome him to the blogosphere!