just came back from cmc2010. it was a chinese christian mission's conference in the East Coast that takes place every three years, organized by Ambassador for Christ (PA). in 2011, they will be coming to san diego for the first time and if God so willing i will be a part of the planning team.
as for cmc2010, i have a mixed feeling. i loved their NextStep program, which was their counseling program that takes place concurrently during the conference, where the NextStepper gets to meet up with a trained NextStep Advisor 1on1 for 30 minutes to talk about their calling or commitment for God and receive recommendations and prayer. it was tremendously rewarding for me to meet so many people who were ready to serve God with their own heart wide open. but, something bothered me and I didn't express it under the last day when a member of the planning committee asked if i could give him some feedback. so I gave it to him.
i don't know if it's fair to expect the conference to address what i think is the most pressing missional concern for the chinese immigrant christian community, but that was what reverberated in my mind and heart throughout the whole conference. although there were numerous speakers that came and spoke in the plenary sessions and the workshops, few actually touched on the subject of generational disconnect among the immigrant churches and the church's relevancy to their larger American context. when will the immigrants realize their call to discipleship began with their call to make disciples of their own children? by making disciples of their own children they began a cross-cultural ministry that will pass on from generation to generation. they don't need to cross the ocean to minister to people cross-culturally. all they have to do is to bring redemption to their own homes, the result of this missional effort will outshine all their current global ministry 100 times.
if you are not building a multigenerational ministry that last, you are in a ministry that is perpetually building and rebuilding brand new ministries for a single generation. and no wonder, the english ministry for the immigrant church have and will continue to do poorly. even the church plants will take on the same ailment as their founding churches.
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