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Bay Area Chinese Churches research project report conferences! October 9, 2008

Posted by Tim Tseng, Ph.D. in events.
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Dear Colleagues,

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.

Have a look at the report’s Table of Contents!

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


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