Jointly sponsored by the Catalyst Leadership Center and the Carl F. H. Henry Center, this gathering on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) brought together 115 Asian North American theologians and pastors to reflect upon the shared task of the ministry of the Gospel in today’s Asian North American context. During the day-time seminar sessions, groups of theologians, pastoral leaders and para-church workers engaged with the following questions: 1) What are some particular and unique challenges/opportunities Asian North American ministries face as they seek to faithfully carry out the mandate of the Gospel? 2) How should reflections of ANA theologians and the practices of ANA ministries mutually inform and nurture one another? 3) What are some unique contributions the Asian North American Christian community can make to God’s Kingdom building in North America and worldwide? In the evening sessions of worship, many local Asian American Christians also joined this gathering.
Prior to joining the Trinity faculty, Peter Cha was involved in a number of different ministries, including youth and young adult ministry in Korean immigrant churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic congregation. He is currently a board member for Catalyst Leadership Cent (an Asian North American Christian Leadership organization) and of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA. Cha is a coauthor of Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship (IVP, 1998) and Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (IVP, 2006). He also contributed chapters to Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns (Zondervan, 2000), Korean Americans and Their Religions (Penn State University Press, 2001), This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson Press, 2012).