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MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World Paperback – November 15, 2016
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DJ Chuang is a strategy consultant, currently working with the .BIBLE Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible. He’s worked with Christian organizations and ministries like American Bible Society, Worship Leader Magazine, Leadership Network, L2 Foundation and has clocked in 5 years of pastoral ministry vocationally. He has been blogging at his personal website—djchuang.com—since 1999, curating many links to resources pertaining to churches multiethnic and/or Asian American, eclectically sharing about things that catch his attention, particularly innovative developments in churches, Asian American and multiethnic cultures, internet and social media.
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The part that resonated the to me the most discussed the importance of cultural contextualization of the Gospel:
“Some pastors say, “We just need churches that preach the Gospel and leave the results up to God.” Yes, absolutely, we need Gospel-preaching churches. And, we need to realize that everything speaks: what and how we preach, the communication style and language used, how we choose and sing the worship songs, the way we relate, the decor of the worship center, and so much more. There’s a lot going on in a church than merely its statement of beliefs or doctrines. Some church leaders like to quote, “The message never changes, but methods can change.” My encouragement here is to be thoughtful and strategic on how your church does its ministry in order to evaluate your ministry effectiveness. And when something is not effective, be willing to make changes. We want churches that are both faithful and fruitful.”
DJ gives a broad perspective on where we are and where we are going in the future. This will surely be an important book to take us forward into the next generation of Asian American churches.
Following an overview of Asian-American Christianity, Chung explores the facets of Asian-American outreach, ministry, and church-growth expressions. He takes us through the various models of the Asian-American Church, examines the cultural distinctives that shape Asian-American faith and practice, and offers a number of case studies that illustrate how God has built and continues to build distinctively Asian-American and multi-cultural church plants, congregations, and networks.
Chung acknowledges the complexities of outreach and ministry to cultures that include generational as well as ethnic distinctives. He is honest in describing the struggles faced by many leaders in Asian-American ministry, and does not try to provide pat answers. But he does offer encouraging templates of churches and ministries that have launched, survived, grown, and thrived in complex environments.
If you are an Asian-American believer, you will find yourself nodding in agreement with Chung as he recounts perspectives and experiences familiar to your experience. And if you are new to the Asian-American ministry context, you will find Multi.Asian Church a valuable primer to help you to engage a dynamic and growing component of our universal Christian family.