Part 1: Background
Part 2: Asian American Ministry Beginnings
Part 3: Advice for other Asian American ministers

 

 

 

Part 3: Advice for other Asian American ministers

 

It takes a lot to pioneer a ministry. It takes a lot of persistence, conviction and momentum. Difficult things happen; there are often power struggles with the powers that be—Asians, white or otherwise.

A lot of Asian American ministries look up to InterVarsity as a major ministry who is pioneering the way. Do you have any advice for other Asian American ministers?

In ministry, you feel like you’re alone, and you’re the only one thinking about these things and experiencing these things. What helps is fellowshipping with like-minded people. I think that that kind of Christian community helps sustain one another. I think moving ahead means finding allies, finding community, and sticking to Biblical convictions. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of shortcuts, each person’s group and organization’s battle needs to happen in real time for them.

And there are probably things you can learn. I think we were pretty strategic and really smart honestly and humanly speaking, in how we approached things. We recognized that we had to exegete our organization, we had to figure out what InterVarsity was like and what made it tick.  Who decides? Who thinks? Who makes decisions? Where are conversations held about x, y, z, that are important to the ministry? How do we figure out how to reach them? We had to go out and talk to them, meet them, share with them. We needed to figure out how change happens in that group. There’s no shortcuts to that. It’s almost like being a missionary. There’s no shortcuts to the learning you yourself have to do to understand the people that you’ve got.

There can be similarity. If you went from one college ministry to the next, of course there are similarities between 18-year-olds in different places. But there are also going to be some distinctives about that 18-year-old person who is different on campus A than from campus B.  And it might be subtle, but that’s important!

So I guess, that’s what I’d say.  Exegete your church, your organization, and find some like minded people and do it together.

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Jeanette Yep’s words have been condensed, edited and subtitled with permission.

 

Part 1: Background
Part 2: Asian American Ministry Beginnings

 

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