Generating Faith: A Conversation for Reaching
and Retaining Future Generations

This symposium, co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, Pacific Northwest, will explore the impact of culture and race on faith in the context, mission and identity of the Asian American churches, and engage in conversations to help bridge generational gaps.

The symposium will feature Dr. Russell Jeung, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and author of "Faithful Generations - Race and New Asian American Churches" and Dr. Timothy Tseng, Executive Director of ISAAC.
Location: Seattle Pacific University, “Bertona” building #65, classroom #4 (Bertona is E-3 on the map link: and this link can lead to driving directions, etc. There is parking right next to the building (on Saturdays anything marked “commuter” is fair game).

Seattle Pacific University School of Theology (host)
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pacific Northwest
Seattle Chinese Alliance Church
Evangelical Chinese Church

9:30 AM Registration opens. Light refreshments and welcome.

10:00 AM Session 1: Cultivating Inter-generational Church Cultures [Dr. Tim Tseng]

This session provides a framework and some “best practices” for enabling church leaders to build more cohesive and harmonious inter-generational ministries. Participants will have opportunity to design biblically-based practices that can help their congregation leverage its internal diversity as strengths that build unity. Issues to be discussed include:
- Cultural and sociological analyses - possibilities and pitfalls
- The indispensability of saving face (human dignity) 
- Building trust: a never-ending practice
- Application to pastoral search and development, staff and lay leadership teams, Christian education, youth ministry, etc.

12:00 PM Lunch & Sharing

1:00 PM Session 2: The Emerging 2nd Generation: Asian American churched and unchurched [Dr. Russell Jeung]

This session explores the needs and issues of the churched and unchurched 2nd generation of Asian Americans. How can God's family support these individuals, and what do these individuals have to offer the broader church? Participants should get a clearer picture of how God is using the 2nd generation, and how we can join in His movement in this world. Issues to be discussed include:
- Trends in 2nd Gen church affiliation 
- Issues facing the 2nd Gen
- Outreach to the Unchurched 2nd Gen
- Building unity between the Asian-language and English speaking congregations

Each session will be followed by group discussions, and feedback/Q & A with speakers.

3:00 PM Plenary reflection - next steps for ISAAC PacNW [Rev. Peter Lim]

3:30 PM Symposium concludes

Cost: Thanks to our sponsoring churches and organizations, this event is free. However, we encourage you to bring $10/registrant to cover the cost of the lunch and snacks (cash or checks payable to ISAAC).

For more information: Contact Rev. Peter Lim 林志堅, Director of ISAAC Pacific Northwest Region,

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