Visit a new Korean or Taiwanese North American congregation.
You will encounter members who take faith seriously and happily at the
same time. Corporate worship is lively with attention paid to the
Word read and preached. Enthusiasm pours out in music and singing.
Sincere, serious prayer is offered expectantly (and at times almost unceasingly!).
Church officers consider their election a calling to high responsibility.
Youth workers understand themselves to be pastors to their young flocks.
Women find various avenues of service in the church (while poised to assume
roles of leadership and decision making as opportunities for change arise
or are created). Pastors work overtime; they preach, teach, call
on homes, minister i the community, and join in early morning pray meetings.
Observe any Asian North American congregation and
you will sense that being Christian oftentimes changes family relationships.
Old hierarchies and traditional expectations for how children and parents
relate to each other are illumined by the example of Christ's self-giving
love. The reasons for and rewards of work in everyday life are transformed
and workers find God's presence in the sewing factory, the social service
agency, the grocery store, the computer laboratory, and the classroom.
Churches and church members feel called to reach out to those of similar
national, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. The call
to mission is responded to through social services, tutoring, and personal
support, and outreach; non-Christians see the Christian church as a place
of social support and even of advocacy regarding economic, education, political,
and health issues.