Bay Area Churches Research Report publication announcement November 25, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in updates.
Tags: Bay Area, Chinese, churches, profiles, report, survey
In 1996, Dr. James Chuck published a report documenting the growth of Chinese congregations in five Bay Area counties from 1950 through the middle of 1996. In the present study, we revisit these same churches, identify new churches started since 1996, make note of changes, and update the church profiles.
The report is approximately 230 pages. The price will be determined soon. Go to the ISAAC website in early December 2008 to order your copy. Email Tim Tseng if you have any questions.
Download Sample chapters from below:
• Chinese American Demographic Change in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990-2000 by Russell Jeung and Dean Adachi [Download Chapter]
• The Growth of the Chinese Churches in the Bay Area by James Chuck
• The Profiles of the Bay Area Chinese Churches by James Chuck
• The Priorities of Bay Area Chinese Churches by Donald Ng
• “Faith, Hope, and Love” – Themes in the History of Chinese Protestantism in the Bay Area by Timothy Tseng
• A History of Chinese Catholics in San Francisco and the Bay Area by Ricky Manalo
• Patterns in Development of the English Ministry in a Chinese Church by Ken Carlson
• Flourishing for More Than 3.8 Years in Ministry by Johnson Chiu
• From Surgery to Acupuncture: An Alternative Approach to Managing Church Conflict from an Asian American Perspective by Virstan B.Y. Choy
• The Search for Asian American Worship by Russell Yee
• Issues in Asian Youth Ministry by Victor Quon
• Bathsheba Transformed: From Silence to Voice by Chloe Sun [Download chapter]
• Ministry is Like a Marathon by Steve Quen [Download Chapter]
Bay Area Chinese Churches research project report conferences! October 9, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in events.
Tags: Bay Area, Chinese, Conferences
We have just completed Phase II of the Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project, and a Report will be published and made available soon. In the meantime, we will be holding three half-day conferences in the Bay Area to share our findings with pastors and church leaders.
West Bay Chinese churches conference – Saturday, Nov. 8th, 9:15- 12:30 at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, 925 Stockton Street, San Francisco 94108, a church organized in 1853 and the oldest Chinese church in America.
South Bay Chinese churches conference – Saturday, November 15th , 9:15- 12:30 on the campus of Overseas Theological Seminary, 2116 Newport Ave., San Jose, California 95125.
East Bay Chinese churches conference – Saturday, November 22nd, 9:15- 12:30 at the Bay Area Chinese Bible Church – Alameda Campus, 1801 North Loop Rd, Alameda, CA 94502.
Here is a brief snap shot of some of our findings (the ISAAC Blog lists the report Table of Contents):
• There are over half a million Chinese in the six Bay Area counties. Between 1990 and 2000, the Chinese population increased by 45%, compared with a 12% increase in the total population.
• In 1950, there were 15 Chinese churches in the Bay Area. Our 1996 Study listed 158 churches, a ten fold increase. In 2008, the number churches had risen to 194.
• In 1996, total attendance at worship on a typical Sunday was 21,435. In 2008, that number had risen to 29, 960.
At the half day conference, we will
• Set this growth in historical context
• Give you a picture of what is happening in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties.
• Identify emerging trends and issues.
• Invite your input and collaboration
• Tell you how you can obtain a copy of the 2008 Report, which contains information on each of the 194 churches included in the Study.
We hope that you will put this event on your schedule, and plan to come with your pastoral staff and lay leaders of the church. In our flyer, we have indicated that people in your church can register with the pastor. Let us have the list of attendees from your church by Monday, November 3, 2008 and we will waive the 10.00 per person registration fee.
May God continue to bless your days and years in ministry.
Timothy Tseng, Ph.D., Executive Director, ISAAC
James Chuck, Th.D., Director, Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project
Questions? Email to Jaschuck@juno.com or call (510) 655-5100
Thanks for coming to the pastors’ retreat! – Johnson Chiu September 3, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in updates.
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I want to thank each of you for your participation and thoughtful participation in the pastors retreat last month. Most of us knew several others at the retreat and no one single person knew everyone. It is a testament to the unity and Spirit of God that in such a short period of time can attain a level of friendship, intimacy and depth that many only dream of happening. I like what Amos Lee said about how it feels like we have known each other for years!
I trust you experienced trust, belonging and genuine concern and love. If you have enjoyed our time together, know that Tim and I will be contacting each of you about TLC groups which will be starting next month. We want you to know that we are in this in the long haul for you. Even if you cannot be a part of a group, we want to help in any way we can. If you are interested in reading a bit more about TLC we have a simple website that describes a bit more of the ministry: http://www.tlcinc.org/
Also, the contacts for each participant can be a very helpful tool. We saw the power of peer to peer ministry and encouage you to keep in touch with one another. The cross pollination in ministry is very helpful and closer to Jesus’ model of unity than our isolation. I’ve also attached a copy of the resources mentioned by everyone. Thank you for bringing them and sharing them with everyone!
Thank you for taking the time to fill out the evaluation sheet. Your comments were very encouraging and helpful. I can’t tell you how much we value your comments! Thanks in advance.
For those of you that graciously shared your I/O and we were able to go over them with the group, we will be typing them up for your reference and mailing them back to you. We will be praying for you and look forward to hear what God will do.
Tim and I are planning for the next ISAAC project. We will let you know about the event as soon as we gather the details. We thank you for your prayers for us and ask hope you continue to pray for us as we plan for our next event.
Blessings to each of you and may God be your joy as you serve Him!
Johnson Chiu [email me]
Faith Walk Community Church, Pastor
The Leadership Connection, Servant-Facilitator
ISAAC, Chinese Church Project Coordinator
Seminar on Biblical Greek (in Mandarin) – Bay Area (Oct. 4) September 3, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in events.
Tags: bible, Mountain View Chinese Christian Church, Worldwide Bible
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Worldwide Bible Society, the translators of the New Chinese Translation is pleased to announce a one-day FREE seminar conducted by Prof. Andrew Hwang of Singapore Bible Society and Dr. Sam Tsang who taught many Bay Area pastors now, on Oct. 4 from 10.30am to 3 pm at Mountain View Chinese Christian Church (175 E. Dana St. Mt. View, CA 94041, contact phone: 408-996-8388). Click here for more information.
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Good morning pastors!
I’m sending this email to everyone on our invitation and contact list so that you can all be updated about the final details regarding the pastors retreat for English ministry pastors next Monday and Tuesday. Whether you can come or not, please pray for the retreat. We trust that God will use it in a manner than not only strengthens the participants, but also provides greater encouragement for the future of English ministries in Bay Area Chinese churches.
1. Today is the last day to register for the retreat!
Please register on-line here:
Download brochure (1.4 MB pdf)
We will try to make last minute accommodations if you should decide to register afterwards. Please contact Johnson Chiu at (925) 803-0690 or email him at this link.
2. What to expect and bring to San Damiano Retreat Center.
If you are visiting San Damiano for the first time, check out their website: http://sandamiano.org/ This Roman Catholic retreat center is located at 710 Highland Drive, Danville, CA 94526. It is nestled atop the hills overlooking Danville – a really beautiful view. When you arrive at 10 AM on Monday, look for “TLC-ISAAC Pastor Retreat” signs. Now some details:
- Dress casually. It is usually warm at the retreat center, but the meeting rooms and bedrooms are air conditioned.
- If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Johnson know immediately.
- Only the office has WiFi internet access (as far as I remember). There are coffee shops in Danville that provide internet access.
- Each participant will have his/her own private room. Sheets, blankets, towels, and soap are provided (you may want to bring shampoo, however)
- Bring a resource (book, DVD, etc.) to share that you have found helpful to you (it can be something that helped you personally or helped you grow as a leader/pastor)
- Think about and bring some ideas about what kinds of resources would most benefit your ministry and layleaders.
- Think about and bring ministry-related issues that you would like to have discussed.
- Invoices for those who have registered will be email to you later today. You may pay with your credit card on-line via PayPal (details will be sent with the email) or bring a check with you to the retreat that is written out to “ISAAC.”
- So far 15 person are officially registered (including a couple who can only attend one day). There are several others who have indicated that they are coming but have not yet registered – please register on line today!
- If you have a last minute change of plans or are delayed, call me at my cell phone (510) 909-6849 – not Johnson. Johnson is facilitating the retreat. I’m handling logistics.
3. What to look forward to after the retreat.
ISAAC and TLC would like the retreat to be a catalyst for strengthening congregations and pastors in Asian American settings. Though we are focusing on Chinese churches English Ministries this time, we hope to serve the Chinese speaking and other Asian ministries, too. After the retreat, we envision the following:
- That most, if not all, pastors at the retreat would participate in The Leadership Connections peer-to-peer ministry groups in the upcoming year.
- That another retreat or gathering of English ministry pastors can be organized for those who could not attend this retreat.
- That pastors and their churches (and para-church ministries) would partner with ISAAC in developing an equipping and resource center (the E.R.) for Chinese (and other Asian) laity in the Bay Area.
- That pastors of Chinese speaking ministries, with sensitivity to the inter-cultural realities of Chinese churches in the Bay Area, would begin to partner with TLC, ISAAC, and each other to promote peer-to-peer ministry groups with TLC and develop resources for the Chinese (and Asian) American church with ISAAC.
I believe that God has given us a special opportunity to partner together for the kingdom! As you get better acquainted with ISAAC, TLC, and each other, I’m certain that you’ll feel the same! I look forward to seeing many of you next week. Have a great weekend!
San Damiano Retreat Center: http://sandamiano.org/
The Leadership Connection: http://tlcinc.org/
Timothy Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: phd
President & Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco
Tags: Bay Area, chinese churches, English Ministry, Pastors' Retreat
English Ministries Pastors in Bay Area Chinese Churches are cordially invited to a retreat on August 4-5, 2008!
Download brochure (1.4 MB pdf)
What is the purpose of the retreat?
• A time of rest, fellowship, and equipping.
• An opportunity to hear and reflect on Steve Quen’s experience as pastor of the Bay Area Chinese Bible Church.
• An introduction and invitation to the equipping resources of The Leadership Connection (TLC) and the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC).
Who is the retreat for?
This retreat is primarily, but not exclusively, for pastors who serve in English Ministries of Bay Area Chinese churches. We would like to limit the number of participants to 30 (ideally, we’d like to have 10-12 pastors from the Peninsula, the South Bay, and the East Bay, respectively).
Where and when will it be held?
The Pastors’ Retreat will be held at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. We begin on Monday, Aug. 4 at 10 AM and end the next day (Tuesday, Aug. 5) at 4 PM. See schedule below.
How much will it cost?
$200 per registrant (which includes overnight accommodations in single rooms, two lunches, a dinner, and breakfast). However, we do not want the cost to hinder your participation! ISAAC and TLC, with the support of individuals who are concerned about the health of Chinese churches, are providing scholarships for the conferees. You may request full ($200) or partial scholarships ($150, $100, $50). We also hope that your church can cover some or all of the cost.
For more information and to register
Contact Johnson Chiu at email@example.com or (925) 803-0690. Register only at: http://fs16.formsite.com/sanacs/form662985063/index.html Registration will be open on a first come, first serve basis until July 21st, 2008. Check the ISAAC website for details and updates.
About the sponsors:
- The Leadership Connection’s mission is to Support the Call, Strengthen the Lives, and Sharpen the Skills of Ministry Leaders Worldwide. At the center of TLC’s ministry are Connection Groups where pastors meet monthly. TLC staff facilitate these meetings where participants are committed to mentoring each other, maintain confidentiality, and speaking with candidness. Other resources for equipping leaders are also provided. Go to http://tlcinc.org for more information.
- The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity equips equippers for more effective service in Asian American Christian communities. ISAAC is committed to providing relevant resources for equippers such as religious leaders, educators, or scholars. Go to http://isaacweb.org for more information.
Monday, August 4, 2008
10:00 AM Arrival, Introductions
11:00 Break (put stuff in room)
11:15 TLC/ISAAC Introductions
11:30 One-on-One Connections
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 Session #1 – Special Speaker: Steve Quen (followed by Q & A and Group Photo)
3:00 Session # 2 – Share Your Calling and Dream
4:30 Personal Retreat time – Tim Tseng and Johnson Chiu will be available to meet with conferees to talk about programs that ISAAC and TLC will develop in partnership with pastors and churches.
7:30 Session # 3 – Issues/Opportunities session, Intro to the I/O Process, handouts
8:30 Group activities
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 Session #4 – The Five Dysfunctions
10:15 Labyrinth Walk
11:00 Session #5 – I/O #2
12:00 PM Lunch
2:15 Session #6 – I/O #3
3:15 Announcements/Wrap Up
4:00 Retreat concludes
San Jose Chinese Churches Consultation report May 2, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in updates.
Tags: chinese churches, consultation, overseas theological seminary, San Jose
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We had a wonderful time of learning, discussion, and fellowship at the South Bay Chinese churches consultation last Saturday! (The presentations and summaries will be posted in the resource section of this blog site)
The event created quite a stir! Dr. Samuel Tsang, the Vice President of Overseas Theological Seminary (OTS) has already posted his observation of the event on the seminary’s website at http://www.otseminary.org/site/news/43 – Here is an excerpt:
…the survival of our churches will depend on whether we listen to the next generation. Many OBC [overseas born Chinese]churches are denying a problem by ignoring it and by shifting focus to a more China-centered mission. The ministry to mainland China cannot happen until our present church survives and thrives. Without dealing with our problem at home, there will be no foreign mission soon. I hope this will be a beginning of something special, a movement that will change our global ministry. We must solve our local problems. OTS will work towards that end. – Dr. Samuel Tsang
And here is Dr. James Chuck’s summary of the day:
THE CONSULTATION FOR CHINESE CHURCHES held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, attracted more than 60 registered participants representing more than 20 Chinese congregations in the Bay Area, and several organizations. The Consultation was held on the campus of Overseas Theological Seminary in San Jose, joint sponsors of the event this event together with the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC).
Dr. Sam Tsang, Vice President and Professor of New Testament of the Seminary, welcomed the participants and made the opening remarks. Dr. Timothy Tseng, Executive Director of ISAAC and a church historian specializing in Asian American Christianity, gave a particularly clear and insightful presentation outlining the three phases of Christian outreach to the Chinese in America, each of which is characterized by the themes “faith,” “hope,” and “love.” The first generation of Chinese Christians in America faced many economic and racist obstacles during a turbulent time in China. They were greatly supported by American missionaries, who also displayed great faith in their efforts to build the Chinese churches. The theme of the second phase is “hope” because post-1965 Chinese immigrants brought new energy to the Chinese churches. Tseng suggested that Chinese churches in America are now entering a third phase in its history. It is characterized by “post-modern” (and biblical) love – a love that is eager to communicate with people who are different without abandoning one’s distinctive. Indeed, this is the key for Chinese Christians to overcome the gaps between past and present, OBC and ABC, Chinese and non-Chinese in the future.
This was followed by a presentation by Dr. James Chuck, Director of the Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project and Senior Consultant for ISAAC. Previously, Dr. Chuck served 40 years on the pastoral staff of the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco, followed by 16 years as Professor of Theology and Church Ministries at the American Baptist of the West in Berkeley. In his presentation, Dr. Chuck described the growth of the number of Chinese congregations in the Bay Area, from 15 congregations in 1950 to 158 in 1996, when the initial study was published and distributed.
Reasons given for this growth included the rapid increase of the Chinese population, wider geographical dispersion of Chinese in the Bay Area, Chinese coming from more diverse points of origin, immigrant pastors and their overseas network, the contribution of overseas Chinese students who had been nurtured in Chinese Bible study groups on U. S. campuses, church splits, the planting of new churches, increased involvement by denominations who had not previously worked in Chinese in the Bay Area, and the leadership of some gifted and entrepreneurial leaders, and last but not least the leading and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The current follow-up study, still in progress, updates the material published in 1996, and attempts to identify trends and issues. The results of our current study will be published this fall, and will include a brief description of each church included in the study, together with contact information. Dr. Tseng will have an article which puts the study in historical perspective, and articles on various issues facing the Chinese churches in the Bay Area will be included.
The afternoon session was led by Rev. Donald Ng, the Senior Pastor of the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco. Before coming to this position, he served for 18 years with Educational Ministries of American Baptist Churches of the U. S. A. Using a group process known as “story boarding,” Pastor Ng skillfully led the group to identify current challenges faced by Chinese churches in the Bay Area. Here is his report:
As the fourth and last consultation, we were able to compare the priorities of the South Bay with the previous events. The top priorities in the South Bay are: Spiritual Development and Leader Development. The second tier priorities are: Mission Outreach and Christian Education followed by Church Life.
Spiritual Development and Christian Education appeared also in the San Francisco and East Bay churches. Leader Development and Mission Outreach/Evangelism appeared in all four groups.
The concern for Church Life or Church Health only appeared in the South Bay and Alameda suggesting that in many of the newer churches, there are concerns about generational issues, communication, and church unity.
The churches perhaps older and historic in SF Chinatown and San Francisco expressed the priority of Retention of Members and Replenishment of Members. This may be the concern from declining members.
The next step on the results of the storyboard sessions is to draft an article analyzing the priorities and needs of Bay Area Chinese churches
For the future, ISAAC is currently discussing ways and means by which issues and challenges raised during our several consultations can be addressed. ISAAC desires to do this in partnership with seminaries, local church, ministerial groupings, and organizations of various kinds which relate to Chinese congregations. Your involvement is welcomed, and needed. – Rev. Dr. James Chuck
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Consultation for South Bay Chinese Churches
包括Santa Clara縣屬下各城市 (Covering Chinese churches in Santa Clara County):
Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, San Jose, & Milpitas
2116 Newport Ave., San Jose, California 95126
On Saturday, April 26, 2008, 9:30- 3:30
On the Campus of Overseas Theological Seminary
2116 Newport Ave., San Jose, California 95126
(Sessions in Cantonese, Mandarin, & English)
During the Consultation, we will
- Share with you what we have learned in our survey of Chinese churches in the Bay Area, and
- We want you to tell the research team the issues and challenges your congregation is currently facing.
The Consultation is jointly sponsored by
- The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC)
- Overseas Theological Seminary, San Jose
All interested persons are welcome: Contact your church pastor for registration information.
單獨報名，郵寄(或電子郵件 jaschuck_AT_juno.com) 以下資料給卓家俊博士， 33 Linda Ave., #1701, Oakland, California, 94611：姓名、住址 (包括郵區號碼)、電話號碼、電郵地址和您所參加的教會。四月十五日前報名免收費用。 (四月十五日以後報名每人十元)。屆時將會收集自由奉獻以支付午餐費用。
For individual registrations, send or email your name, address (including zip code) , telephone number, email address, & your church affiliation to:
33 Linda Ave., #1701
Oakland, California, 94611
NOTE: Registration fee waived if registration is received by April 15th. (After April 15th, registration fee is 10.00 per person). A freewill offering will be taken to cover the cost of lunch.
更多詳情，請聯絡灣區華人教會研究項目主管卓家俊博士， (510) 655-5100 或 JaschuckATjunoDOTcom 或瀏覽灣區項目網頁：bapcc.wordpress.com 或 ISAAC 網站isaacweb.org
For further information, contact James Chuck, Project Director, Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project, (510) 655-5100 or email him at this link.
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9:30 AM Registration and check-in
9:45 Introductory remarks, introductions, welcome from Co-sponsor, Overseas Theological Seminary, devotional
10:00 Presentation: “Ties that Bind: The Post-modern History of Chinese Christianity in America” by Tim Tseng
10:45 Presentation: “Chinese Churches in the Bay Area: 1950 to the Present” by James Chuck
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 Facilitated Process: “Understanding the Issues and Challenges in Our Congregations” facilitated by Don Ng
3:15 Closing Worship
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Overseas Theological Seminary is an evangelical Chinese seminary geared towards training up pastors and Christian vocational workers. It is originally founded by the Rev. John Tsang in Hong Kong. It offers an MDiv and MBS program with strong biblical and theological emphasis. Its vision is to train up good and faithful servants to the greater Church who can make lasting impact.
REPORT ON EAST BAY CHINESE CHURCHES CONSULTATION (JAN. 12, 2008) January 19, 2008Posted by Tim Tseng in updates.
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Over forty persons from eight East Bay Chinese churches were present for the Consultation held on January 12th on the campus of Chinese Christian School in Alameda. Churches represented include Chinese Community Methodist Church, Oakland; Chinese Church of Christ, Berkeley; Grace Chinese Alliance Church, Concord; Immanuel Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Fremont; Berkeley Chinese Community Church; Chinese Presbyterian Church of Oakland; Bay Area Chinese Bible Church; and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. This is the third of four Consultations scheduled, and so far almost 30 churches have taken part in these meetings.
During the morning, those assembled heard a presentation focusing on the main findings of the 1996 Study, and what we hope to uncover in the present follow up study. D.J. Chuang, of the L2 Foundation and Leadership Network, gave a presentation about the diversity of new Asian American church plants. He noted that the new generation of Asian American Christian leaders expressed very little interest in Asian American identity and issues. In the afternoon, those present identified issues and challenges facing their congregations and shared it with the Planning Team. Presentations at and full summaries of this consultation will be posted in the “Resources” tab on this website.
We are grateful for the hospitality of Pastor Steve Quen and the Bay Area Chinese Bible Church for providing a wonderful facility for this consultation and for inviting D.J. Chuang to share his presentation.
A fourth and final Consultation, this one for Chinese churches in the South Bay, is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 in Cupertino. We expect to publish our report in book form in the fall of 2008. We believe that local churches will find this to be an important resource that can be utilize and enhance their own outreach and ministry.
In the meantime, we are available to come to local churches, ministerial gatherings, etc. to talk about our project and enter into an informal dialogue regarding our common mission. Interested parties are invited to contact James Chuck, Project Director.
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James Chuck, Th.D., Senior Consultant, ISAAC, & Director of the Bay Area Project (BAP)
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Pastor Emeritus, First Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco (1951-1991)
Professor Emeritus, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley (1991-2007)
33 Linda Ave., #1701, Oakland, California, 94611 (510) 655-5100
East Bay Consultation Invitation December 19, 2007Posted by Tim Tseng in updates.
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Covering Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
On Saturday, January 12, 2008, 9:30- 3:30
1801 North Loop Road, Alameda 94502
During the Consultation, we will
• Share with you what we have learned in our survey of Chinese churches in the Bay Area, and
• We want you to tell the research team the issues and challenges your congregation is currently facing.
Contact your church pastor for registration information
For individual registrations, send the following information to James Chuck, 33 Linda Ave., Oakland, California, 94611: Name, address (including zip code) telephone number, e-mail address, your church affiliation, together with a registration fee of $10.00 a person ($15.00 after December 31, 2007).
SPONSORED BY THE CHINESE CHURCHES RESEARCH PROJECT, a program initiative of ISAAC (Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity), Dr. Timothy Tseng, Executive Director.
For further information, contact James Chuck, Bay Area Chinese Churches Research Project Director, (510) 655-5100 or via email (click this link).