Coming Soon: Honoring the Generations (Judson Press, 2012)

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

In April of 2012, Judson Press will release Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations.  This book is co-edited by Al Tizon, Sydney Park, and the author of this blog. See description below:

In this intentionally grounded and richly theological volume, the editors bring together ethnically and generationally diverse leaders from pulpit and academy alike to explore the opportunities for ministry in the Asian North American Christian community. Each acknowledges that this community is increasingly challenged by a generation gap, not so much between age groups but between first-generation immigrants and the second- and third-generations.

Ministry issues addressed include:

Pastoral formation
Women in ministry
Lay leadership
Public witness
Global mission

Each chapter of Honoring the Generations provides both theological and practical resources for those “in the trenches” of cross-cultural and cross-generational church ministry, regardless of ethnicity.

Editorial Reviews:

“In Honoring the Generations, God’s Spirit has finally provided us with a theologically calibrated and field-tested GPS that will guide us more harmoniously, more inclusively, and maybe even more rapidly to the many different places where God is leading ANA churches…How this book came together is proof of how God’s Spirit can fit together different generations, different genders, and different theological perspectives into the Household of God in Christ Jesus.”—Rev. Dr. Ken Uyeda Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

“This book challenges us to remember that no matter our ethnic, tribal, or theological background, we all are members of the household of God. Thus, we need to seek reconciliation, unity, and peace with one another.” —from the Afterword by Biak Mang, Pastor, Myanmar Christian Church (ABCUSA), Chicago, Illinois

“The ‘next evangelicalism’ of which coeditor Rah has written to high acclaim is here unveiled as that which includes the contributions of both the elders and the younger generation. The Asian North American voices in this volume have much to teach evangelicals across the spectrum who are ready to escape the western cultural captivity of the church.” —Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, VA

“Honoring the Generations challenges its readers to deal with the complexities of calling people to faith and developing churches in the midst of generational change, cultural adaptation, and the struggles of minority identity development. They write from their experiences within their various Asian North American communities, drawing out specific insights for ministering within ANA communities, but also addressing issues that cross ethnic and cultural lines. The book is an indispensable contribution to Asian American ministry and to the growing literature on ministry in the intercultural reality of North America today.” —Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost for Diversity and International Programs, Fuller Theological Seminary

“This engaging conversation among Asian North American (ANA) ministers and professors names numerous challenges—including generational differences, cultural diversity, public engagement, assimilation, and gender inequality. The writers put their on-the-ground experiences on the table, reflect on historical elements, cultural influences, and biblical passages, and clarify what is important for ANA churches. Don’t expect answers, but do expect diverse voices, stories that narrate various experiments, and a call for deeper engagement across differences. This is a crucial conversation among ANA leaders.” —Mark Lau Branson, EdD, Homer Goddard Associate Professor of Ministry of the Laity, Fuller Theological Seminary and coauthor of Churches, Cultures & Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations & Ethnicities

“An old Japanese proverb, ‘The nail that sticks up gets hammered down,’ continues to portray much of the ethos of the Asian North American church today. In Honoring the Generations,however, noted Asian North American theologians and pastors from varying theological traditions and cultural backgrounds honor and draw strength from disparate church experiences. The writers share the fruit of a long and sometimes arduous dialogue in hopes of inspiring a Kingdom revolution in the church that is both generative and generous for first-, second-, and third-generation Asian North American Christians alike. In the process, this book invites readers to envision together the nature and practice of the church as God’s household, with the capacity to forge the future of the Asian North American church.” —S. Steve Kang, Professor of Educational Ministries & Interdisciplinary Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Coauthor of Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful, and A Many-Colored Kingdom

“In an increasingly diverse nation, the biblical, theological, and practical insights and lessons in this must-read book will go a long way in helping congregational leaders confront the cross-cultural and cross-generational challenges of their ministry. This book reflects a unique collaborative effort of scholars and practitioners responding to what I believe is the most critical issue at the dawn of the twenty-first century—ecclesiology. Here you have a relevant and robust practical ecclesiology by a variety of voices that will prove to be a gift to the Christian church at large and not just to Asian North American congregations.” —Rev. Eldin Villafane, PhD, Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Founding Director of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts

“To have such a range and depth of Asian North American leaders active today in teaching and ministry is an answer to so many prayers. For them to all have been at one conference together and now to have their thoughts collected and published is probably more than we hoped to pray for. Here in these pages are fresh lessons from Scripture, inspiring ministry stories, and an array of leadership insights to help the ANA church take needed next steps toward a better future.” —Russell Yee, ThM, PhD, adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and author, Worship on the Way: Exploring Asian North American Christian Experience

“Rich in Scripture, overflowing with grace, easy to understand, respectful of complex variables, and humble about methods, this is a book for our time.” —Miriam Adeney, PhD, Associate Professor of Global and Urban Ministry, Seattle Pacific University and author, Kingdom without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity

“This collection by Asian North American theologians and congregational leaders present the most heartening reflections on the daily struggles and triumphs of Asian North Americans in living out their Christian faith. The challenges and conflicts surrounding the issues of generation, gender, leadership, evangelism, and social engagement are not unique to them, but common themes for all evangelicals in the contemporary social and cultural contexts. It is a valuable reading for all those who are struggling about these issues, especially those who are engaged in ministries among Asian North Americans.” —Fenggang Yang, University Faculty Scholar, Professor of Sociology and Director, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

“With a scarcity of such resources available, Honoring the Generationsis a long awaited and welcome book. Connecting the significant biblical and Asian North American (ANA) cultural themes such as honor and household, the authors integrate both ANA contexts and biblical principles to foster a thriving ANA ministry. Since the book comes out of a consultation of ANA leaders, the methodology of the book is itself communal.” —Rev. Young Lee Hertig, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC)

“Two central underlying themes of the contributions in this edited volume are the questions of (1) how Asian North American second-generation Christians are coming to terms with their cultural and spiritual inheritance from their immigrant parents and (2) what legacy they will leave their children. Through each chapter we are invited into the struggles of generational differences over leadership, women and calling into ministry, apathy and disillusionment. And in each chapter, written by leading ANA theologians and clergy, we are presented with biblically informed and experiential perspectives that will encourage readers who identify with these problems or know someone who does. As the second generation are now raising children of their own, the urgency for examples and role models is all the more pressing; Honoring the Generations is a fresh provision for that very need.” —Jerry Z. Park, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Baylor University

“It might be surprising for most people to learn that most Asian North Americans are Christian. However, it is no surprise that most of Asian North American Christians belong to immigrant and ethnic congregations, as did their predecessors whose ancestors came from other continents. This collection of coauthored chapters by Asian North American theologians and congregational leaders presents heartening reflections on their daily struggles and triumphs in living out their Christian faith. The challenges and conflicts surrounding issues of generation, gender, leadership, evangelism, and social engagement are not unique to them, but common themes for all evangelicals in the contemporary social and cultural contexts. However, the theology of God’s household seems to be distinctly Asian or Asian North American. It is a valuable reading for all those who are struggling with these issues, especially those who are engaged in ministries among Asian North American Christians.” —Fenggang Yang, Professor of Sociology, Director, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University

  1. Wayne Park says:

    I’m gonna be reading this; speaks directly to my context

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