Growing Healthy Asian American Churches


book
( Peter S. Cha). InterVarsity Press, 2006.

Since “growing healthy churches” is the goal of all faith communities, regardless of ethnic population or denominational affiliation, this book will be useful to many religious leaders. Editors Peter Cha, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; S. Steve King, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and Helen Lee, journalist, together with Asian American authors and pastors, provide biblical perspectives for honoring culture while responding to younger generations and the unchurched. They state that congregations must mirror beliefs and actions: explicit theology (proclaimed faith) and implicit theology (practiced faith). To achieve balance, contributors suggest eight biblically informed values: 1. Grace - relationship with Christ; 2. Truth - earthly embodiment of the risen Christ; 3. Leadership - timeless biblical, rather than cultural, principles; 4. Trust - openness to change; 5. Evangelism & Hospitality - way of life; 6. Generations - ties; 7. Gender - healthy identities; and 8. Mercy & Justice - ministries. Examples are included from groundbreaking Asian American churches: Cambridge Community Fellowship, Evergreen Baptist, Newsong, and Open Door Presbyterian.

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