Several years ago, a young Second Generation Asian American decided
to search for a pastoral internship because he wanted practical ministry
experience and needed money to subsidize his hefty seminary tuition.
Finding a pastoral internship in an Asian ethnic church was not difficult
for this young unqualified person because Asian ethnic churches were
(and still are) desperately lacking leaders that understand the unique
culture and needs of second and third generation Asian Americans. He
learned that if he could only take one thing away from his interviewing
experience was that Asian ethic churches are lacking leaders that understand
the unique culture and specific needs of Asian Americans.
To say that Second Generation Asian American Christians are only a generation away from extinction is not a bold statement. Many church leaders have seen this firsthand and empathized with stories told by brokenhearted parents, pastors, and friends of people they know that have stopped practicing their Christian faith or had difficulty finding a fellowship or church where their needs can be met. If ministry leaders want their kids, and generations yet to be born to know love, joy, and peace through Jesus, we must work together to raise reproducing leaders that will develop others into leaders for a lifetime of Christian service.