why an ABC church plant
This is a raison-d’etre paper written back in March 2001, written by my friend Lucy Lee Wang, who was part of a group in Dallas exploring the planting of a new kind of church to reach American Born Chinese (ABC). Much of it still holds true 6 years later, as rationale for launching new churches to reach the next generations, whether Asian or multiracial. (Yes, culture changes slowly.)
The paper addresses the question: “Is there a biblical basis then for the Chinese churches in America to target ABC (American Born Chinese) ministries?” The paper compiles insights and concepts derived from articles published in the ABOUT FACE quarterly newsletter (associated with the Fellowship of American Chinese Evangelicals, a ministry established by ABCs to enable the Chinese Church to more effectively minister to ABCs).
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Through a series of questions and answers, as well as an appendix of reference articles, this paper tries to establish the need and the urgency for a maturing ABC ministry in the context of an ABC church plant.
An ABC church plant would accomplish the following:
- Stem the high dropout rate of ABCs from the local church
- Strengthen ABC leadership for the church through training, planning, and developing a Biblical mindset
- Cultivate Christ-centered ABC Christian families
- Increase the understanding of cultural differences between OBCs and ABCs, thereby affirming that each group has its own expressions and style
- Provide a unique opportunity to reach the growing unevangelized ABC population
View / download the paper: Why an ABC Church Plant (PDF; 26 pages)