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A Conference for Northern California Churches

Timothy Tseng

Pastor of English Ministries

Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

San Jose, CA,

Dr. Timothy Tseng is the Pastor of English Ministries at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church in San Jose, CA and was recently the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity. He has served as faculty at Denver Seminary, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and as Associate Professor of American Religious History and Director of the Asian American Center at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, the Pacific School of Religion, and Logos Evangelical Seminary. He believes that only an empowered Asian American Christian community can contribute to the worldwide Church and transform society. Tim’s goal is to strengthen that community through research, teaching, and ministry. He and his wife, Betty, have been married for 30 years and have happily raised two sons, who are currently in college.

2016 Workshop

Asian: Starting an English Ministry in Asian Immigrant Churches


The greatest challenge facing immigrant congregations is to start, retain, and sustain a thriving ministry to the English speaking population. In most cases, the English-speakers are the children of immigrant families who choose not to stay in their home churches. But if you believe that God can transform your church into a thriving multi-lingual, inter-generational ministry, then come to this workshop. Our conviction is that such churches have an important place in God’s kingdom.

This hands-on workshop will draw on Dr. Tim Tseng’s experience as a Pastor of English Ministries at a Taiwanese church, Founder and Executive Director of ISAAC, and as a seminary professor of Asian American Christianity. Participants will identify practices that both hinder and help English speaking members to thrive in immigrant churches. We will explore demographics, congregational history and culture, theology, and inter-generational dynamics as factors that can affect English ministries. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the tools to begin building a ministry to English-speaking Asian Americans.

Workshop Handouts: Starting an English Ministry Worksheet (pdf)· EM Readiness Survey (pdf)

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