Cross-Cultural Missions Mobilization among Chinese Churches in North America
In this research I have investigated the role of congregational leaders in cross-cultural missions mobilization with five selected Chinese churches in North America, and at the end of the research, provide some reflections and suggestions on missiological applications.
This research has five research sub-problems. First, from the research literature, I have found two main strategies used by Chinese church in North America for mobilizing cross-cultural missions—missions through the second generation of the Chinese diaspora church and Chinese-priority mission focus. Secondly, the Chinese church has gone through many different stages of growth, Today, these churches have great potential to be actively involved in cross-cultural missions through their rich resources.
Thirdly, through an in-depth case study of a church in Boston, I have discovered six areas in which that church involved and mobilized its congregation in missions. The highest priority is the missions conference and monetary giving to missions. Teaching and preaching on missions remain low-priority.
Fourthly, through case studies of four other Chinese churches, I have found that they have similar priorities in their missions involvement compare with the Boston church. The research has indicated that the second generation in Chinese churches are more willing to do cross-cultural missions than the first-generation congregation.
Finally, I have discussed significant obstacles like traditional family values, pursuing the American dream, priority for education and success in society, the insecurity of immigrants, and the “Chinese priority” mindset for mission are five main obstacles to Chinese church involvement in missions.
In conclusion, participating in cross-cultural missions is an act of obedience to the call of Jesus Christ for both English and vernacular Chinese speakers of Chinese churches of North America in their own unique way to actively involve in obeying the mandate of the Great Commission.
Mentor: Sherwood Lingenfelter
Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)
Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (Boston, Mass.); Chinese American churches; Missions; Church work with Asian Americans
Missions and World Christianity