Dec 102013
 

A new entity called Crowd Companies launched today and what an exciting new future that it’s creating! Kudos to Jeremiah Owyang for taking this bold leap of faith with courage and conviction to reboot the business model of companies and corporations. The one slide from his Le Web 13 presentation that vividly portrays this transformation is this – purposeful brands provide shared value.
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Do you see what I see? Companies of the future have to be more than about profit and value exchange, it’s got to be more about societal development! And for my interest in non-profits and churches, I’d love to have conversations incubate and acceleration on what it’d mean for there to be no difference between employees and customers/constituents!

See Crowd Companies‘ website at crowdcompanies.com for more. Presentation slide deck below.

Nov 072013
 

We have a lot of learning to do and a lot of relationships to build, especially we as Asian Americans and we as the American evangelical church. Even with both having been around for 5 generations or so, the conversations and relationships between Asian American Christians and the majority-Caucasian evangelical church can be described as nascent, in so far as it relates to incorporating Asian American voices into evangelical leadership with their cultural perspectives, rather than assimilating Asian and minority voices into a so-called-colorblind evangelicalism (though some Asian American Christians are agreeable to the latter).

I anticipate I’ll be blogging and commenting on more of this in the coming weeks and months, as opportunities and time avail. 3 recent opportunities have invited my commentary about Asian American Christianity, thanks to Ed Stetzer, David Housholder, and Lifeway::

#guest #blog #post 9 Things About Asian American Christianity: Asian Americans are accelerating in their role in participating and shaping the future of the American church at large. at The Exchange, Ed Stetzer’s blog

#podcast #episode 5 Misconceptions About Asian-Americans on the Life & Liberty podcast hosted by Davide Housholder

#video #webshow Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Ministry with Elizabeth Drury, Mark DeYmaz and DJ Chuang on The Exchange with Ed Stetzer (air date: 10/14/13)

[update 11/14/13] Why Evangelicals Don’t Know Asian Americans: We have quite a way to go towards ending racial stereotyping in Christendom – my 2nd blog posts (of 3) at Ed Stetzer’s blog

[update 11/21/13] Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church—DJ Chuang shares his thoughts on the future of the Church. (3rd of 3)

Jan 312013
 

Welcome to old friends and new visitors here to djchuang.com! You’ve come at an opportune time for my initiative called “February is Fundraising.”

I’m very grateful for the response to the OC Register article about next-gen multi-Asian churches, as Asian American churches are growing in creative ways to reach all peoples in Orange County, California, and beyond.

That article has also prompted me to step out in faith and commit more of my time and energy to serve this next generation as my full-time work. I’ll be fundraising for my staff position with Ambassador Network. I’ve never done this before in my life, so it is with mixed emotions, both faith and fear, to put myself out here.

For the entire month of February, I’ll be making a daily video update (powered by Google+ Hangout on Air.) This means it’ll be a live recording and you can watch in real-time or on-demand. It’s like reality TV but with no editing.

Unfortunately, my schedule is too erratic to set a consistent time for the livestream, but I am aiming to finish recording before 5:00pm (Pacific Time) each day. Follow me on Twitter @djchuang for when I go live on air. Submit your questions in a comment here, via email, or any of the social networks I’m on (use buttons on the upper right corner of this page).

As the saying goes, I’m “building the plane as it flies.” I’m building a topics list as I think about all the things I want to share with you — suggestions welcome! I’ll be talking about many things like: the need for this kind of work to plant new kinds of churches; what my work will look like when I say I will be working to strategize, coach, and resource multi-Asian and multi-ethnic churches; the Biblical reasons for fundraising, and what better way than to crowdsource it in the 21st century; tips and insights about professional fundraising from my 15+ years of experience working in the fundraising world, both in a large non-profit and in a private foundation; hear the back story of how the article came about; my history with Ambassador Bible Church (in Virginia) and how Ambassador Network was launched. Plus, I’m looking to have special guests join me on the Hangout.

And I’ll also give updates on how my fundraising is going, my goals and budgets and all that jazz. I want to be do fundraising in this way and be totally transparent, because accountability and financial responsibility is so very important. (I think you’d agree.) I love how Marin Foundation provides full disclosure and I want to do similarly.

It’ll be fun to connect with you in this way! I want to educate and share what I know, to help others working in cause-oriented non-profits to make the world a better place. I do hope you’ll join me to giving hope to 18+ million Asian Americans and 7+ billion people around the world. As we partner together, may many more churches flourish, the tribes thrive, and all peoples prosper!

Dec 172012
 

Words cannot express the horror, sorrow, grief, anger, and all the dark emotions we’re experiencing after hearing of the tragedy this weekend. That doesn’t mean we don’t use words. Here’s some words that Jason Chu put together into poetry — 27 (memorial for the Newtown school shooting) // spoken word

Many meaningful actions are needed. More than words, more than random acts of kindness, prayers too. It’s going to take real change and big changes.

For those of you who pray and remember, this is the list (as released by police) of the victims in Friday’s shooting spree on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
- Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
- Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female
- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
- Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
- Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
- Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
- Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
- Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

Why would God allows such a terrible thing to happen? Answers don’t help, in times like these, and as Tim Keller humbly noted: “… we have to recognize that the problem of tragedy, injustice and suffering is a problem for everyone no matter what their beliefs are.

Oct 232012
 

There’s something exciting about being a part of movement. And there are some people who want to start a movement. How do you start a movement?

One of the most significant movements in recent church history is an (organized) church that meets in multiple locations, the multi-site church movement. I connected with Greg Ligon to hear first-hand about the essential ingredients that go into the making of a movement, and what we can learn from a movement that Greg witnessed first-hand. Greg is one of the co-authors of The Multi-site Church Revolution and A Multi-site Church Road Trip, the 2 seminal books published by Leadership Network. Watch the video:

What stood out for you on the video, regarding the essential ingredients for accelerating a movement? Are you eager to start a movement? Add a comment –

Tech note: apologies for the quality of the recorded video, but the content was too good to just discard. I think we were both on wifi (wireless internet) connections, so that made for less than optimal conditions.

Oct 202012
 

I live in Aliso Viejo, California, and there’s over 48,000 residents here. A big community event happened on Sunday, August 18th, where more than 1,300 people participated for a city promo video called The City of Aliso Viejo’s Lip Dub ::

The potentially-viral video was produced by PeopleStar FilmWorks, a new production company founded by Chip and Kim McAllister, winners of The Amazing Race 5 (circa 2004). When the McAllisters were presented with the million-dollar prize on CBS, the McAllister’s gratefully mentioned they were tithing those winnings to a church called Jubilee SouthCoast in San Juan Capistrano! [church is now named The Gathering meeting in Laguna Niguel]

Some other community lip dub videos have gotten lots of views, like Grand Rapids, Michigan (5+ million), University of British Columbia in Vancouver (1.8+ million), Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA (2+ million), University of Vic (2+ million) …

According to wikipedia, lip dub is”a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video”; the world record holder for most participants (with 9300 participants) in the lip dub of Lindsay, Ontario (60k views).

Oct 052012
 

The reputation of Christians in mainstream culture, both in America and many parts of the world, is less than spectacular. The top 6 perceptions of Christians are (according to extensive research published in Unchristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, via survey data of outsiders ages 16-29): antihomosexual, judgmental, hypocritical, sheltered (old-fashioned, out of touch with reality), too political, and proselytizers (insensitive to others, not genuine). That is bad news. That must change.

I talked with Dr. Paul Louis Metzger (twitter @paulouismetzger) about this topic and you can hear about his new book, Connecting Christ, that proposes a change of mindset, a new model of apologetics called relational-incarnational. And I asked him to respond about how to better relate with Mormons and Muslims, for which it is much needed in times like these. Watch the video >>

My review posted on amazon.com :: “Metzger introduces a new approach to Christian witness called the relational-incarnational apologetics. In an articulate academic yet personally sincere manner, the book engages eight notable faith traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarian Universalism, Mormonism, Atheism, and Neo-Paganism. The author carefully and sympatheically explains how people from different faiths hold their beliefs and values. When the Bible calls Christians to love our neighbors, that includes people of other religions because they too are created in the image of God. For the church to be more effective in a pluralistic world, this book helps church leaders to understand both our differences and our common humanity so that respectful conversations can open opportunities for friendship and evangelism.”

Jun 192012
 

Here’s 8 web apps I’ve found to quickly and easily connect over a group video chat. You’d think with the internet maturing that there’d be more options for web-based no-download no-frills multi-user video conferencing. Granted, multi-point more-than-two livestreamed-duplex video feeds does raise the degree of technical difficulty exponentially. Of these free web apps, some are quicker to use (no registration required) instantly and some more reliable, your mileage may vary. ymmv.
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With this genre of web apps, features and intended use cases vary greatly. For more audience interaction with a panel of video guests, there’s http://spreecast.com and http://vokle.com

For a web meeting with mini webcam videos around a whiteboard, there’s these: http://liveminutes.com http://anymeeting.com http://camdip.com/

Also see: PC World comparison of 5 group video chat apps

Any more choices for multi-user video conferencing out there?

[update 6/25] // 3 more group video chat web apps: http://www.icanhazchat.com
http://yowie.com http://www.yapchat.com //