tonight i went to yet another banquet for the pastors and leaders of the church. just in case you don't know what GLACMA is, it is greater los angeles chinese ministerial association, of which i'm a member. my seminary bought a ticket for me to be at this well attended event for almost 400 pastor and lay leaders in Rosemead. many prominent figure heads were there. in addition to celebrating the 32nd anniversary they're also celebrate the 20th anniversary of pastor Morison Chiu's ministry at GLACMA as the general secretary. he's a good guy very genuine and not afraid to call it as it is. so tonight he gave some words as a reflection of this 20 years of ministry. he addresses the condition of the chinese churches in america with the following four observations. 1. the noticeable aging of the congregation. 2. the disappearance of the 2nd or 1.5 generation. 3. the secularization of the church. 4. the loss of core strength in the church. i think he is right on and here's my response to his 4 points. one of the reason we have aging congregation in the chinese churches immigrant church is because we are losing our 2nd and 1.5 generation people. and one of the reason we are losing 1.5 and 2nd generation folks is because we are irrelevant to the dominant culture and we're losing our congregation to the secular world by giving in to their values. and one of the reason we are experiencing secularization of the church is because we have lost the purpose and mission, which is the heart of the church. if we don't know why we do church here in america, don't do it. the church exist for a purpose…TCM.
i decided to add my explanation as to why TCM under the home page and added additional notes under philosophy. thanks for reading my blog.
went to visit the Rock in Fullerton today. the experience was great! i had at least 7 people shake my hand and welcomed me to the Rock, from the time i walked out of my car into the parking lot until i sat down in the sanctuary. everyone was singing in the service. it was a magnificent time of worship. i like to learn from this place and incorporate some elements into TCM. i met with pastor Jerry after the service. he encourage me to check out their ministry. i really appreciate that. it was a blast! can't wait to go back again.
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