23 Nov 2009

What Pastors talk about over lunch…

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I meet with some local Chinese American pastors every month over lunch to mutually support each other. Each of us have unique blessings and challenges serving in an Asian American context so it’s great to sit down and talk through the different issues we face. Our recent conversation revolved around this question:

How can we, as Chinese American pastors (who all happen to be Reformed), conceive of a ecclesiastical model that is both biblically/theologically informed and contextually relevant/helpful to our unique circumstances (1st to 3rd generations, multiple languages, cultures, etc.)

Well, this question certainly could not be answered in one meet-up, but there were a few things we did work through and established upfront. Here’s a summary of our conversation…

every context is different…

  • in its history, its struggles, its uniqueness (the good and bad), etc.
  • in the make up of its leaders, its theology, its methodology, etc.
  • not all Asian churches are the same!

yet the word remains the same…

  • there are things in scripture that are constant… the gospel, centrality of the cross, the purposes of the church, it’s mission, etc.
  • we learn from church history both recent and past to attempt to live out the word faithfully in our context.
  • we learn from each other and its convictions to sharpen and edify out of mutual respect

need to do the hard work of a missionary

  • each church situation requires the mindset of a theologian and missiologist… and the endurance to stick it out with a people…
  • needing eccessiology that is both faithful to scripture, but practical to deal with the multicultural realities of our community, region, and nation…
  • needing partnerships regionally (and globally) to sharpen each other…
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