So, the weekend in Chattanooga was really a great experience — with over a hundred Asian American students from all over the SouthEast.
EMERGE 2007 was a really well-organized (no thanks to the Sheraton hotel) conference and had a great balance of small group intimacy (I loved my guys — props to Micah, Nick, Tim, and Richard) and large group worship (biggie ups to Jacob, Josh, Ray, and Matt). Tom Lin blew us away with his simple, authentic approach to following Jesus and living that risky life.
Despite my sleep deprived state and sinus infection, I pulled together my first seminar entitled, “You Are The Future Of The Asian American Church” (Click for the presentation).
Beforehand, I really thought that there would be no way that I could go the entire 60-75 minutes for the workshop, but I really found myself trying to cram down tons of information in the twenty-five minutes or so on top of some wonderful conversations. I was talking a mile a minute towards the end there….starting to sound like I was auctioning churches off, not help any survive.
Almost thirty students attended my workshop and they were really experts on diagnosing some of the problems in the Asian church — divisions over language; lack of resources; inability to collaborate across ethnic lines; intergenerational walls; lack of input from young adults; lack of involvement with the surrounding communities; and even questioning the validity of an Asian American church. I was really encouraged with the depth and maturity of their critique as well as their hunger for some good constructive answers.
We’ll have a “TalkBack” conference call on this subject later this month, but hopefully the presentation notes will help generate some more food for thought. Til then…