Thanks for all who came to our workshop session on the Future for the Asian American Church at Exponential West 2013. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in America today, and exponential numbers of next-gen multi-Asian churches are being planted that better reach the next generations of not just Asian Americans but also multiethnic America. Here’s the slides and links to references mentioned and a some bonus links too:
I’m talking at Exponential West 2013 about multi-site churches, one church in multiple locations, at a workshop session this afternoon. The number of multi-site churches has grown exponentially worldwide from around 100 in 1996 to more than 5,000 by 2012. Here are the slides, links, and resources.
Multi-site churches mentioned: Onnuri, Hillsong, LifeChurch.tv, McLean Bible Church, Westside Family Church, North Coast Church, Saddleback Church, Community Christian Church, Stillwater United Methodist Church, Harbor Presbyterian Church, New Hope Oahu
Map of multi-site churches at MultisiteSolutions.com/map
#article The Seven Most Important Questions When Going Multisite by Dave Ferguson (in Enrichment Journal)
#article Inspired by Starbucks: Charismatic Pastors Grow New Flocks Overseas, Using Satellites, DVds and Franchise Marketing To Spread Their Own Brand of Religion. (Wall Street Journal, June 2008)
#article Liquid Church Merges with Historic 190-Year-Old Congregation for ‘Rebirth’ (Christian Post) and video about new Mountainside campus
- The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations (Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird)
- A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip: Exploring the New Normal (Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird)
- Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work (Jim Tomberlin, Warren Bird)
- Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation by Scott McConnell
- 125 Tips for MultiSite Churches by Jim Tomberlin
Here in Escondido, a suburban city I think you can call it, North of San Diego, California, for this regional rendition of National Worship Leader Conference October 9-11. 3 full days of conferencing to equip the every member of the church leadership & volunteers, those who make the weekend service happen. I’m honored to be invited to facilitate 2 workshops, Social Media Basics, and Advanced Social Media.
Posting the presentation slides and links mentioned here:
top 200 church blogs via ChurchRelevance.com
Facilitated 2 social media workshops at National Worship Leader Conference this week in Kansas City (Leawood), KS. Here are the slide decks.
Links mentioned in workshop sessions:
- web apps to manage Twitter and Facebook streams: hootsuite.com, tweetdeck.com
- Jason Morris (@jasonandmaria), Internet Campus Pastor of Westside Family Church
- examples of Facebook pages with active engagement http://facebook.com/PastorJohnF.Hannah, http://facebook.com/NewLifeOakwood
- my list of churches using Pinterest (cf. Godvertiser’s list)
- a church using Pinterest to share creative arts ideas internally http://pinterest.com/creativeartsicc/
As the Census 2010 numbers are being crunched, our growing population makes for all the more opportunities for serving real needs of real people. And for the 17.3 million Asian Americans, who are comparatively the most educated and the most wealthy, that means a ton of raw potential for doing good and making a difference for multicultural American society and for a multinational global village.
CMC 2013 (Chinese Mission Convention 2013 West Coast) challenges Chinese and Asian Americans to fulfilling the Great Commission aka world evangelization, or as I prefer saying, being missional everywhere. This December 27-39 2011 in San Diego is CMC 2011, where the very popular Christian author Francis Chan is the main plenary speaker. Francis is now blogging at francisupdates.tumblr.com and with wife just had 5th child! Congratulations Father Francis!
References mentioned in presentation:
- L2Foundation.org – 350+ resources for Asian American leadership & legacy
- isaacweb.org – Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
- aacp.wetpaint.com – listing of Asian American Church Plants
- mosaix.info – Mosaix Global Network
- Census 2010 Facts for Figures for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2011
- Asian American Churches: an Introductory Survey (March 2007) published by L2 Foundation / Leadership Network
- Estimated Number of Asian American Churches
- How churches are reaching Asian American Churches – the next generations
- Multi-Asian Church Podcast Series – conversation with DJ Chuang and Ed Choy
- Asian American resources at djchuang.com
- list of the largest Chinese churches in North America
- Asian American Religious Leadership Today: A Preliminary Inquiry by Timothy Tseng, et al, published by Pulpit & Pew Research on Pastoral Leadership
- Asian American Christianity Reader – 352 pages of an interdisciplinary collection of articles about Asian American Christianity
- 5 Cries of Asian American Christian Young Adults by Timothy Tseng
- A Faith Of Our Own: Second-Generation Spirituality in Korean American Churches by Sharon Kim
At SEALS: Southeast Asian Leadership Summit 2010 in San Jose, a conference of 140+ next generation Southeast Asian ministry leaders. Watch the main sessions as they’re being live-streamed. The organizer’s hospitality has been amazing — so encouraged to see the enthusiasm and heart of young leaders eager for God’s glory and caring for all peoples. Here’s a snapshot of who’s here:
I’ll be facilitating a workshop about social media, sort of a different angle than most of the other workshops that are addressing specific ministry issues. So my workshop, titled “Wielding online tools for connecting and collaborating,” is more about online tools & web apps and how they can be used for ministry. My slides are online [created entirely using Google Docs]. Based on discussions that flow from the 2 sessions of the same workshop, I’ll update this post with more links & references.
 Links to Resources mentioned in workshop:
- video: social media revolution
- Top 100 church blogs via churchrelevance.com
- How to get a domained website = domain name (e.g. Godaddy or Name.com) + web hosting (e.g. dreamhost.com or bluehost.com) + content management system (CMS; e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal)
- free live-streaming web apps: ustream.tv & livestream.com
On November 30th and December 1st, I’ll be at the NA-CCOWE (North American Chinese Congress on World Evangelization) conference English Track: “The Challenges and Future of English Ministries”. This is the first time that the conference will host a parallel track, along side of the Mandarin Chinese language track. (Note that the event itself runs from 11/3 to 12/4.)
I’ll be making a presentation in a workshop about next generation Asian American churches. Knowing the audience is primarily English ministry leaders within an ethnic Chinese church, I hope to explore what can be practically applied from what is working among next generation multi-Asian/multi-ethnic churches, adapted from my presentation shared on several other occasions.
I got an invite from Daniel Lee [facebook profile], a Th.M. student at Fuller Theological Seminary, who is coordinating a newly-formed group on campus called Asian American Theological Fellowship. Last night was quite the privilege for me to share a presentation titled “Reaching the next generation of Asian Americans”.
More than a handful of my long-distance compadres asked about my thoughts and feelings about last night’s engagement. Here they are, in 3 parts: the presentation, the group, and the potential.
The presentation. This presentation consisted of 59 PowerPoint slides. If I ran thru them Lessig style, no big deal, but I dwelled on many of them, skipped a few, and lost track of time. Meaning, I think I went long– I did go longer than I had planned to. As I debrief here, it dawned on me that since I first built this presentation in September 2007, I’ve added on more slides to cover frequently asked questions. Now after (maybe) 5 iterations, I’ve only added more and more slides — didn’t remove any. No wonder I went long! If I were to take Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 rule of Powerpoint, get it down to 10 slides, I maybe could summarize it as:
- The opportunity is huge and urgent to reach more Asian Americans. The population will double in less than 50 years.
- Churches naturally have a life cycle like any organization. From time to time, church must adapt to cultural changes to revitalize, or else.
- Ethnic Asian churches have adapted to several models of multi-generational multi-lingual churches to accommodate both Asian-language speakers and English speakers.
- We’ve got so much more to offer. On the whole, in comparison to other racial groupings, Asian Americans are the most educated and have highest earnings. These resources have yet to be fully activated for Kingdom purposes.
- Healthy churches grow AND reproduce.
- In the past 10 years, there’s been an exponential growth of new churches effectively reaching next generation Asian Americans.
- New churches doing church a new way are found all over the United States. It’s not just a “West coast” phenomena.
- We still need more new English-speaking Asian-led churches to reach the next generation, and the unchurched majority.
- Ask not how can we keep “them” in church. Ask how can we reach more people for Jesus.
- It takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.
Been in metro Washington DC (Herndon, Virginia) at the SEAC conference for Southeast Asian American Christian leaders. Over a 100 young next gen leaders, over 17 languages and ethnicities represented. Energy level is high. Marketing (signage, name tags, conference notebooks) are 1st class.
Here are the slides from my first workshop on churches reaching the next gen + the mp3 audio (run time= 1:13:52).
Wanted to get audio uploaded too, but the hotel’s complimentary wifi network is slower on the uptake, so have to try later.