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
Grateful for each and every opportunity I have to connect with people and to speak at an event. Last Sunday I was invited to speak at a Chinese church in Walnut, California, called Vineyard of Harvest. As with a majority of Chinese churches in the United States and Canada, worship services are provided in English and Chinese. At this church, they have 3 separate worship services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. I spoke in English at the Mandarin worship service, and someone bi-lingual stood by me doing live phrase-by-phrase translation. The audio to this message titled “Becoming a Church from Generation to Generation” and the slides (also bi-lingual) are online:
This particular Chinese church worship service was unlike any other Chinese church worship services I’ve ever been to, in a good way, and thus redemptive and renewing for me. The energy in the room was expectant, expressive, joyful, and celebratory. I spotted 3 or 4 expressive people worshiping through the waving of banners, in the corners of the auditorium, as to not be distracting. The auditorium and the rest of the building had bright colors painted on the walls, signage was clear everywhere, people were expressively friendly and kind (whether they knew I was the guest speaker or not was a non-issue). The Senior Pastor gave a warm introduction for me and guided people through the post-sermon response time with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. This church seems so receptive to the message that their church was not just for them, and not just for Chinese people. The church is for all peoples, all nations, and all generations. So great to see an ethnic Asian church that’s growing their heartbeat to be more like God’s heart for all peoples, for healing and wholeness, for the next generations to take ownership for their faith through multiplying churches and church planting, and for prioritizing the Gospel above cultural forms.
Today I’m talking about the strategic use of social media with pastors, leaders, and seminarians at a luncheon introducing the new Asian-American D.Min. program at Talbot Seminary. I’m honored to be included as part of the cohort’s team along with Dr. Ben Shin, Rev. Cory Ishida (Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley), Dr. Sheryl Silzer (Wycliffe Bible Translators), Rev. Michael Lee (Young Nak Celebration Church). Residency starts in June 2013 – check out the details.
In 15 minutes, I can only cover so much, and here’s the slides to keep it tight and to the point. View/download slides. And I’ll add links to other things that surface from our interaction.
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/