Growing Healthy Asian American Churches, 4
Last week’s book discussion on Chapter 2 (of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches) didn’t generate as many discussions and comments as the first chapter; the show must go on, so here’s Chapter 3, titled Healthy Leaders, Healthy Households: Challenges and Models.
Discussion questions for Chapter 3:
- The chapter identifies 4 challenges that can be stumbling blocks to developing healthy leadership in an Asian church context: Confucian-based perspectives, false humility, face-saving shame-based approaches, and inability to resolve conflict.
- 2 models of biblical leaders are presented in Moses and Jesus.
[update] I’d share a few of my thoughts on these chapters, but don’t want to say too much b/c I don’t want to stifle the discussion. And by having this available and decentralized in the blogosphere, people can jump in the discussion at any time, even though I’ll be pushing through a chapter a week. The book is a good read, and I most appreciate how the contributors surfaced many critical issues without coming across patronizing or pedantic. I also like how the book delves into these complicated issues with sufficient narrative stories as examples while avoiding prescriptive answers for here’s-how-you-do-it. I’d imagine that may be a little frustrating to some readers who may be accustomed to Christian books that often give answers for how to do everything from A to Z.