3rd Annual Asian American Ministry Conference

November 5, 2016

Biola University (La Mirada, California)

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3rd Annual Asian American Ministry Conference

The 3rd Annual Asian American Ministry Conference-Envision: Looking Towards the Future of the Asian American Church will take place on November 5, 2016 @ Biola University.

We are thankful this year to have Dr. Peter Cha from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as our plenary speaker.

In addition, we will have over 20 expert speakers doing Breakout sessions ranging from Student Ministries, Missions, Family Ministry, Specialized Ministries, Academia, College Parachurch/Church track, and many more.



New Book: Tapestry of Grace

Tapestry of Grace
Get a copy of the new book Tapestry of Grace: Unlocking the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life & Ministry by Benjamin Shin and Sheryl Takagi Silzer.

Descrption: In Tapestry of Grace, Dr. Benjamin C. Shin and Dr. Sheryl Takagi Silzer apply their years of study and teaching to explain how the cultural complexities that occur between the different generations of the Asian American church can be untangled. Taking lessons from their own spiritual journeys, they show how each generation can experience the amazing grace of the Gospel.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Peter Cha

Peter T. Cha is Professor of Church, Culture and Society at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1997. Before earning his doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University, Dr. Cha was involved in a number of different ministries, including youth and young adult ministry in Korean American churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic Asian American congregation. He has also served as a board member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA and of Catalyst Leadership Center (an Asian North American Christian Leadership organization), and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Selected Publications 

Dr. Cha is a coauthor of Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship (IVP, 1998) and a co-editor of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (IVP, 2006). He also contributed chapters to Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World (Wipf and Stock, 2014), Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson Press, 2012), Revitalizing Practice: Collaborative Models for Theological Faculties (Peter Lang Publishers, 2008), and This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2006).


Handling Generational Change in Ethnic Churches

Witnessing Faithfully

Breakout Sessions

Envision: Academics

with Dr. Michelle-Lee Barnewall; Dr. Joanne Jung; and Dr. Daniel E. Kim

Envision: Church Planting

The Non-Negotiable Partnerships of Church-Planting

John M. Kim

johnmkimJohn is currently pastor of Lighthouse Bible Church Los Angeles located in Glendale, CA. After planting churches in San Diego and San Jose, he moved to Los Angeles for the purpose of both church planting as well as to build a resource network that would assist the existing church plants as well as for future church planting. John has been married to his wife Angela since 1989 and has four daughters and they have been the backbone and primary support through all the challenges and transitions of church planting the past 27 years. He also is a devoted UCLA fan, an avid reader, and loves burgers (founder of the Fellowship Of Burgers Facebook page).

Envision: College Ministries

Reproducing Leaders

with Margaret Yu

With the Church’s work being done perhaps by 20% of our leaders who carry 80% of this load, how can we increase the number of Asian American leaders in our various settings? Along with the reality that 3/5 Asian American Pastors will have left the ministry within the first 5 years of serving in the Asian American Church setting, how can we be part of developing long term healthier Asian American leaders? Come learn together of a paradigm of leadership development that can reproduce more Asian American young leaders. (This framework is the basis of leadership development for the Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru.)


Margaret Yu is the National Executive Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru. She has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her campus experience spans the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. Her interests include mentorship or leadership discussions, talking shop about the NBA, the beach and being a caregiver for her special needs nephew. You can follow Margaret on Twitter: @CCCEpicMargaret or on her blog at http://margaretyu.blogspot.com

Emotionally Healthy Team Unity

with Richard Kim

Have you been part of a dysfunctional team? Sometimes people we work with causes bigger stress than the work that we do. How can we learn how to be good team members so that our leadership team can be more united?


Richard is married to Christina and is the father of two very beautiful daughters (Evie) and (Elly). He is the Senior Pastor of Gospel Life Mission Church and the Director of KCM. Richard’s passion is to see God’s Kingdom advance to the Ends of the Earth and is willing to be committed to any cause that helps that great purpose.

Collegians Leading Their Church Today into Tomorrow

with Steve Bang Lee


Steve’s passion is designing a mobilizing gospel culture in the local church through vision casting, preaching, and leadership development. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and Talbot School of Theology, Steve currently serves as the College & Teaching Ministries Director at Living Hope Community Church. Steve’s favorite things are his beautiful wife Angela and their children, Isaiah and Elizabeth but he also enjoys reading, surfing, and all things basketball.

Envision: Family Crisis Ministries

How to spot and address relational crises in the Asian American Christian home

This seminar will help you detect overlooked signs of relational crises, such as emotional/physical abuse, affairs, addictions, and divorce. You’ll also be provided options and resources that can help get you on the road to health and restoration.

roykimRoy Kim transitioned from pastoral ministry to marriage & family therapist in 2009. He hopes to pioneer a movement in this generation where therapy amongst Christians becomes just as normal as seeing a doctor, mechanic, or financial advisor. Roy specializes in pre-engagement counseling, pastors & missionaries, and divorced men. You can follow his blog at roykimtherapy.com, or listen to his podcast The Same Boat.


Envision: Generational Conflict & Resolution

Generational Conflict & Resolution

with Dr. Benjamin C. Shin & Dr. Sheryl Silzer

Why is there so much fighting between the different generations in an Asian church? Can the 1st and 2nd generation co-exist peacefully in the church? What is the problem? In this breakout session, Drs. Benjamin C. Shin and Sheryl Silzer will explain the cultural dynamics which make each generation “different” and will offer Biblical solutions for peace & resolution.

benshinBenjamin C. Shin is Associate Professor of Biblical Exposition and Director of the Asian American Doctor of Ministry Track at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He is a professor, pastor, and mentor. Ben, a second-generation Korean American, is a well-known speaker and leader within the Asian American Christian world and has consulted with churches and organizations throughout the U.S.


sherylsilzerSheryl Takagi Silzer, a third-generation Japanese American, is a Multicultural Consultant for SIL International and adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. She is the author of Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truths to Cultural Differences (2011). Sheryl has led Cultural Self-Discovery workshops for multicultural teams for many years and has trained facilitators in many countries. Her materials have been translated into Spanish and French.

Envision: Global Missions

The Global State of the Unreached

Allen Yeh

Mission today is completely different from a century ago. We have moved from “The West to the Rest” to “From Everyone to Everywhere.” The four types of missions today include: Frontier Missions; Missions to Nominal Christian Lands; Missions to Post-Christian Lands; and Facilitator/Partnership Missions. This workshop will give a brief snapshot of each and the different strategies required to engage such multifaceted fields.

allenyeh-1Allen Yeh is Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missiology, specializing in Latin America and China. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia. He earned his B.A. from Yale, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, M.Th. from Edinburgh, and D.Phil. from Oxford. Despite this alphabet soup, he believes that experience is the greatest teacher of all (besides the Bible). As such, Allen has been to over 60 countries on every continent, to study, do missions work, and experience the culture. He is the author of Polycentric Missiology: 21st Century Mission From Everyone to Everywhere. He is the co-editor of Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey and Adoniram Judson, Missionary Pioneers.
Envision: Children's and Students Ministries

Leading Up

Gloria S. Lee

When you’re in children’s or student ministries, it often feels like you’re at the bottom of a totem pole. However you can still influence the leaders of the church by sharing your heart, vision, and philosophy. You’re not only called to lead kids and students, but you should also lead up!

gloria-leeGraduate of UC Berkeley and Talbot School of Theology, Gloria has been committed to Children’s Ministry for over 20 years. She loves training children’s leaders. She also enjoys writing and has contributed to books, magazines, curriculum, and blogs. She’s currently on staff at Menlo Church in Northern California. Blog: gloriaslee.com

Raising a generation of leaders

Joni Lum

How to develop organizational leaders at the preteen, jr high, and high school level.  Workshop participants will engage in a sample training session and discuss “best practices” in creating training.

jonilumJoni Lum is a Leadnow/Leadwell Lead Trainer and Kids pastor in Irvine. She loves growing young leaders by intentionally training and creating opportunities for them to serve. This calling was seeded during her experience as a youth in the church. Joni has a business background, Masters in Educational Leadership, and recently started a Doctor of Ministry program.  She had no idea school could be so much fun!

Envision: Thirty Network

Organizing Effective Church Events

Angela Yee

Learn the nuts and bolts of planning an effective event of any shape and format. Covers logistics, programming, volunteers, effective leadership and other tips. You’ll go away with practical examples, ideas and tips that will simplify your planning process and enable you to create a spectacular and memorable event.

4806_95580888050_5330803_nAngela Yee has directed events of up to 13,000 people. She is Director of Mission & Ministry at Saddleback Church, Irvine South campus, and also oversees creative ministries and volunteer mobilization at the church. Angela is author of The Christian Conference and Event Planner and I’m Not Neat But I’m Organized. She is one of select few influential voices for Asian American women in leadership and a regular contributor of the Thirty.Network. Angela’s website: AngelaYee.com.

Asian Americans leading well in a Multi-Ethnic World

Thirty.Network Panel with Kevin Nguyen & DJ Chuang

Come for a lively discussion about how Asian Americans are leading in the multiethnic world, beyond the ethnic Asian churches and reaching people in multiethnic churches, missional churches, and megachurches.

kevinnDr. Kevin Nguyen serves as a pastor, professor, and planter. He primarily ministers as the lead pastor of Saddleback Church in Irvine and also serves on the global pastoral leadership team. In addition, he loves influencing next generation Christian leaders by adjunct teaching at three Universities. As a hobby, he loves assisting church planters and is a regular contributor of the Thirty.Network.

cd57bab1a767b90f66cd6efa110acdb1_400x400DJ Chuang is a strategy consultant, currently working with the .BIBLE Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible. He’s worked over 20 years with Christian ministries and nonprofits and recently authored a new book, MULTIASIAN.CHURCH: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World. Blog: djchuang.com

Envision: Worship Leadership

Han Oh is currently the Worship Pastor of Young Nak Celebration Church in Los Angeles, CA. He also has senior pastor experience as he has pastored and planted Hill City Church in Tampa, FL for 5 years. He received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working towards a Leadership Studies degree as a Ph.D. Candidate at Dallas Baptist University. Musically, he has played, written, performed, and recorded with jazz, country, folk, and rock artists as a singer/songwritter. Han also has extensive experience leading worship for churches and conferences throughout the U.S. His music can be found on iTunes and Bandcamp. His music can be found on the following sites: hanohmusic.com and hanoh.bandcamp.com.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:00 a.m.-8:55 a.m.- Registration Opens

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.- Plenary Session #1- Dr. Peter Cha

10:15-10:30 a.m.- Break

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.- Breakout Sessions #1

  • John M. Kim- Church Planting Networks
  • Michelle Lee-Barnewall/Joanne Jung/Daniel Kim- Academics
  • Steve Bang Lee- College
  • Gloria Lee- Children’s & Student Ministries

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.- Lunch (Off site)/

Resource Room Open-Andrew’s Banquet Room- Talbot East

1:30-2:30 p.m.- Breakout Sessions #2

  • Allen Yeh- Global Missions
  • Margaret Yu- College
  • Han Oh- Worship Leadership
  • Angela Yee- Special Events
  • Ben Shin/Sheryl Silzer- Generational Conflict & Resolutions

2:30-2:45 p.m.- Break 2:45- 3:45 p.m.- Breakout Sessions #3

  • Richard Kim- College
  • Joni Lum- Children’s & Student Ministries
  • Kevin Ngyuen- Multi-Ethnic Church
  • Roy Kim- Family Ministries

3:45-3:55 p.m.- Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.- Plenary Session #2/Finish of Conference- Dr. Peter Cha