Don’t Take 30 Years to Find Your Voice

God is the most creative person in the world. He created the whole world using His voice. There it is in the text, He spoke when there was nothing, and then it came into existence. “Let there be” and there it was: day and night, land and sea, plants and fruits, birds and fishes, animals and humanity.

voiceprint

You were created in the image of God as a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece, with a completely unique fingerprint and voiceprint. There is no one like you, not in history past or in the future generations to come. You’re not a duplicate or copy. And, you have something to say that only you can say it in the way you say it.

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Thirty.Network at Exponential West 2016

Christianity Daily’s Rachael Lee did a great write up about our gathering, “At Exponential Conference, Asian American Leaders Convene“—

For the first time, a separate gathering for Asian American leaders convened at the Exponential West Conference that began on October 3 at Mariners Church.

The gathering was a pre-conference hosted by the ‘Thirty Network,’ a group that launched in February this year that aims to resource and cultivate Asian American ministry leaders.

“We want to advance Asian American leaders for them to be able to influence the whole church world,” said Kevin Nguyen, campus pastor of Saddleback Church Irvine South, and one of the leaders of the Thirty Network. “We want to provide access points like the space we had today to keep leaders inspired.”

Bigger conferences like this one are helpful for leaders, but may lack contextualized information, said DJ Chuang, a strategy consultant who is also one of the leaders of the Thirty Network. He said it’s important to “have an intimate space to have conversations like this among Asian Americans.”

The session, which was split into three parts, featured brief talks with Daniel Im of LifeWay Christian Resources, president of the Exponential Conference Dave Ferguson, and DJ Chuang.

Read the full article at christiandaily.com >>

Collecting and Sharing Our Learnings Together

The aspiration for this Thirty.Network blog is to be a collection of resources that we can share with Asian American pastors. But not just any generic ministry teachings, for there are plenty of good resources from mainstream evangelical Christian preachers and teachers, like churchleaders.com and pastors.com and blogs.thegospelcoalition.org.

What we’d love to see is more learnings and insights from Asian American pastors, by Asian American pastors, for Asian Americans and other Americans and all peoples. We know that pastoral ministry is very demanding, and many pastors do not have the extra time and energy it takes to develop an online platform that’d be a channel flowing constantly and regularly with fresh content.

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How church ministry is like Apple

Think different.

This was ad campaign that launched the rise of Apple Computer. Its rallying cry was to “…the ones who see things differently . . . because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

This phrase encapsulates the experience of many of us who are called to ministry. Not only do we “think different,” but we “ARE different.” In fact, to some people, we are downright weird!

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