If the research in this article is true, I can't help but wonder what ramifications that has to ethnic churches. Not that I think ethnic churches are going away all together. But I believe there are problems that coincide with assimiliation to the majority culture and the impact that has on post first-generation churches.Here's the thing. Currently, many second-generation churches that grow out of English ministries simply try to provide quality church programming and they should. However, if there is no specificity to its programming in terms of culture, then it's losing its cultural flavor and thus just as relevant to its congregation as another non-ethnic church. Coupled with the fact that many of these ethnic churches have fewer resources and fall a notch in presentation or sound or teaching (could be any or all) than a megachurch in the metropolita area, then what exactly are we assuming is the attraction to our churches?
I understand that there is a notion that well, Asians want to worship with other Asians, and for the time being, I believe that preference is still a strong draw to these churches, however, I do believe that megachurches with wonderful, slick teaching, a buffet menu of programs and ministries, and a growing legitimate claim to multicultural worship – we are kidding ourselves if we do not address long-term how the post-immigrant church's message is relevant.
In essence, we should become a specialty store as opposed to a Wal-Mart. The less we emphasize our specialty and strive to be like Wal-Mart, the more precarious our survival becomes. The more we emphasize our specialty, the more critical our expertise and our refinement of product should be.
Question: Is our message and purpose as Asian-American church refined to that extent? Why or why not?