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Last revised: January 25, 2015
We’re commemorating Martin Luther King Day and our second birthday with this latest attempt to clarify AsianAmericanChristian.org. For the last two years, we’ve been testing, honing, discerning the right balance to let people be and to speak truth in love, while developing content to illustrate our plans. We done our best to think through as many perspectives and levels as we can, and we’ve worked hard to distill something to be clear enough to communicate to people with varying time and language skills and yet can still accommodate an overwhelming amount of interests and information. We done this all to design and propose a clear, elegant way to answer the main question below.
By God’s grace, we think we’re getting pretty close to our goal. Where it works, we honestly can say it is because of God. Where it fails, those are our mistakes, and ours alone. We’ll continue to gather feedback and input from various audiences. We’d love to consider yours. If you have comments or suggestions, please let us know.
Our main question
How can we address real concerns that block the Gospel with truth, grace and love while continuing to honor all Asian American Christians and our ministries, for generations to come in Christ?
Our main hypothesis
Progress on our issues seems stagnant because the fruit of our ministries often becomes stuck in-between generations, ethnicities, social classes, regions, and ministries, and this in-between area is outside the call of most Asian American ministries. We’re all coming from very different places, and yet, we’re interconnected. We need to come together in a way that honors our diversity in order to further unlock the Gospel.
To get at our personal, intergenerational, inter-Asian, Asian-white-other issues, to enrich our understanding of multiculturalism, to sharpen our evangelism and discipleship, and to know God and know ourselves: sometimes we need to take a step back to see our various contexts in order to move forward.
ASIANAMERICANCHRISTIAN.ORG is thus a proposal for a ministry that
SETS US UP TO:
COME AS WE ARE
Because Jesus loves us just as we are, meets us where we’re at and we have so much to learn from one another, we aim to gather all Asian American Evangelical Christian voices whether we are complementarian or egalitarian, Reformed or Arminian, new illegal immigrant or fourth generation or transnational, artist or professional, Charismatic or Cessationist, or anywhere in between.
- We interview, survey and offer a platform for our voices and ministries.
Coming from alongside or from below, we seek out known and unknown voices to articulate our thinking in and on our own terms. We honor every ministry as the primary stewards of their respective fields and callings.
SEE OUR CONTEXTS
We’re all coming from and speaking from different places. While our diversity can complicate matters, they are also gifts from God.
- We offer skim-able, summarized Reference Points to help us understand our various viewpoints and influences.
CONVERSE AND RELATE
There isn’t always a place to learn about past and current discussions, voice our views and to communicate about difficult things that grieve us.
- We summarize past and current discussions and gather a spectrum of voices to discuss pressing issues.
In Gospel essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things charity.
WORK ON OUR COMMON AND INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES
Patterns have emerged that hold us back from God and one another. We can constructively address them only if we come together. It can also be hard to find help or insight for our personal problems. We can share resources and insights with one another if we regularly come together.
- We identify and analyze common challenges that face our ministries and experiment to more adequately address them.
As our content grows we also hope to tailor it to particular audiences and needs and create resources.
In doing so, we hope to make paths straight to the Lord.
Our mission is to ask: “What is God doing in us?” to hear and gather all Asian American Christian voices and to build inroads towards understanding, reconciliation and fellowship.
Our vision is John 17:23b: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you set me and have loved them even as you loved me.”
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