Jan 182014

Leadership in the Asian American church and ministry context requires you to stay sharp and keeps you on your toes. One of the best, and highly-valued, ways of doing that is through formal education. When you successfully graduate from this D.Min. program, you’ll have the title of Doctor, just like Dr. Rick Warren, Dr. Tim Keller, and Dr. Ben Shin; they too have Doctor of Ministry degrees.

drbenshinTalbot Seminary (formally known as the Talbot School of Theology) launched its 3-year Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program with an Asian American Ministry Track last summer, and I was privileged to be invited as a guest lecturer last year and will be there again this June 2014. Dr. Ben Shin is the Faculty Mentor and primary instructor, and he’s engineered the program to allow for rolling admission by new students! This means you don’t have to wait 3 years for the next cycle of the D.Min. cohort to convene, you can enter the program any year!

The dates for this year’s summer residency is June 2-13, 2014 with a focus on Asian-American Leadership Challenges:

Asian-American leaders can expect particular challenges in ministry. These issues will be explored with the goal of preparing a proactive plan to overcome these challenges. This will include biblical training in conflict resolution, conducting a healthy staff, building a resource network for crisis situations, and developing a personal support system.

Application deadline is January 20th. Request free information @ talbot.edu/dmin/request-info/ to let Dr. Shin know of your interest and give me a call @ 949-243-7260 to get my unofficial no-pressure perspective about this program.

Overview, goals, and more details for this Asian American Ministry Track of the Doctor of Ministry program at Talbot School of Theology is @ talbot.edu/dmin/asian-american/ plus 6 videos of Dr. Ben Shin explaining even more. And one more thing, watch this video for first-hand stories from 3 of the first cohort’s students (Daniel Eng, Thomas Lee, John “JP” Park):

By the way, Daniel Eng re-energized his blogging after last year’s cohort at aapastor.com. Aside: popular and/or famous pastors with D.Min. degrees: Dr. Rick Warren, Dr. Tim Keller, Dr. Ben Shin, Dr. Leith Anderson, Dr. John C. Maxwell, Dr. James MacDonald, Dr. Mark DeYmaz, Dr. Raymond Chang .. (others? add a comment)

Jan 162009

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:

  1. The opportunity is huge and urgent to reach more Asian Americans. The population will double in less than 50 years.
  2. Churches naturally have a life cycle like any organization. From time to time, church must adapt to cultural changes to revitalize, or else.
  3. Ethnic Asian churches have adapted to several models of multi-generational multi-lingual churches to accommodate both Asian-language speakers and English speakers.
  4. 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.
  5. Healthy churches grow AND reproduce.
  6. In the past 10 years, there’s been an exponential growth of new churches effectively reaching next generation Asian Americans.
  7. New churches doing church a new way are found all over the United States. It’s not just a “West coast” phenomena.
  8. We still need more new English-speaking Asian-led churches to reach the next generation, and the unchurched majority.
  9. Ask not how can we keep “them” in church. Ask how can we reach more people for Jesus.
  10. It takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.

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