Category Archives: chinese

at Chinese churches consultation

Here in east bay (Oakland area) attend the ISSAC Bay area Chinese churches consultation. More info about that at

I made a presentation at lunch time titled “how churches are reaching next gen Asian Americans”, which was adapted from my sept 2007 presentation. Will post my slides and audio here. Audio recorded from the 3rd of 3 sessions and Powerpoint slides are online. (Or, you may view the out-of-sync audio + slides over at

The 1st session was recorded on video too- will link to it when available.

alarming statistics about American Born Chinese

According to this promotional video for the recent Render Conference (near Houston), less than 2% of American Born Chinese (ABCs) attend church here in the United States.

I’m not sure where that statistic comes from, as I do not know of a comprehensive study that documents this demographics’ church attendance, but if it is anywheres near accurate, and it may be in certain localities, it shows us the urgency of reaching this next generation.

What is your sense of how many American Born Chinese and/or next generation Asian Americans attend church?

intentionally raising up the next generation

[I haven’t yet figured out how to blog by cell phone, so this is being posted in retrospect]

[Was] Here at a camp site call Trinity Pines near Houston. I was honored and privileged to be invited to present a workshop on being a witness to culture at this tri-ennial RENDER conference.

This event is specifically designed to help young adults explore and discern their calling to vocational ministry. There are 32 in attendance, with 12 mentors. This is a very healthy and helpful ratio, and fits with the feedback we’ve heard time and time again from next generation Asians, that they would like to have role models and mentors. I know of no other event like this anywhere for next gen Asian Americans. Most if not all are from Texas (mostly Dallas, Houston, Austin).

Very grateful to be here on behalf of L2 Foundation. I’ll post my presentation along with the recorded audio here later this week.

[update] Listen to the Render keynotes and panel discussions online. The 2 forums and Q&A session are particularly insightful.

Survey of English Pastors in Chinese Churches

This April 2007 survey, CCCOWE English Task Force Survey 2007: The Needs of English-Speaking Chinese Churches & Their Leaders, gives a broad sampling of insights based on 62 respondents from all over the world — 32 of those responses were from North America (13 from the USA – Southern California and New York, 19 from Canada – Vancouver and Toronto). CCCOWE (Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism) is a mission-centered para-church organization that aims to promote world mission among Chinese churches that is developing partnership with the upcoming English-speaking new generation.

Here’s a few highlights from the survey results, summarized by an Australian blogger:

In April 2007 the CCCOWE English task force conducted a survey of English pastors of Chinese churches from a number of different countries . That survey asked questions about a range of things such as the level of stress they experienced due to challenges in ministry; the attrition rate of English pastors; and the perceived needs in Chinese churches.

One shocking statistic is the attrition rate of English senior pastors and assistant pastors in the Chinese church. In the 2001-2006 period, 163 pastors had left Chinese churches to do ministry elsewhere – that’s about 27 pastors a year!

Take a look at the survey results and graphs at [ht: Andrew Hong]

a Chinese church perspective

Pastor Paul Hong Cheng heads the only local Chinese church, formed four months ago in Vacaville. Vacaville is approximately 35 miles from Sacramento and 55 miles from San Francisco. Pastor Cheng shared this perspective about reaching the next generation and the future impact of China in this article, Breaking language barriers: Chinese church reaches out to Solano County and beyond (The Reporter)::

“Then I thought, well, maybe this is the beginning,” Cheng said. “You attract the overseas-born-Chinese, they bring their American-born children, and then there are American-born Chinese who we can draw in.”

Now Cheng leads the Chinese version of “Vision of Love,” which holds a service in Mandarin every Sunday for a congregation of about 30 people. The group meets in a room at the First Baptist Church of Vacaville, the same church where Pastor Cheng felt called by God years ago.

Cheng says the Chinese community is growing in Vacaville, and sees the Church’s programs as a way to help American-born Chinese to connect with their cultural roots. He felt the programs would benefit his own three sons.

“I have American-born Chinese children, and I do see that identity is an issue,” Cheng says. “They are pretty much Americanized. But on the other hand, they have roots in their original culture.”

The Church offers Chinese language classes to the community. He points out that employers are often looking for candidates who understand Chinese language and culture.

“China, whether we like it or not, in the next half century or before then, will be a major power,” Cheng said. “Nobody can stop it. The economic power is pushing China to open the door, and because the market size is big, its like 1.3 billion, its’ like 25 percent of the world population. It’s a big market.”

Read the full article for entire context. Also see the Vision of Love church’s website is at