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- Religion, Christian Church, Leadership
- Religion, Christian Life, Professional Growth
- Religion, Christian Education, Children & Youth
Chinese Canadian churches, Multicultural churches, Diversity in Canadian churches, Second Generation immigrant churches, English ministries, Retaining Chinese Canadian congregations, Retaining English ministries pastors
Developing a Transformational English Ministry in Chinese Churches
Transformational English Ministry
Matthew R. S. Todd
If you want to discuss development and transitions of a growing English ministry you’ve come to the right book. If recruiting and training youth workers, or development of worship, discipleship and mentoring is your concern – you’ll find ideas here. Many Chinese churches lack a long vision for their English ministry rooted in the Great commission. The author explores maturing English congregational models, the Silent Exodus, and why partnering is imperative. A celebration is given to the Chinese churches multicultural potential and challenge to reconcile the CBC hybrid culture. This volume has one goal – healthier churches to the glory of God.
"I commend to spiritual leaders, pastors, and denominational overseers Matthew Todd’s well thought through and real-life-experienced work, Developing a Transformational English Ministry in Chinese Churches. In this concise volume, Matthew captures the heart of ministry triumphs and tensions in the unique world of serving God in a multi-cultural, Chinese-based Christian community. As he identifies and opens up areas of real strength and real brokenness from his own journey (also drawing from the well of other servants of these churches), this cumulative research brings deep observation and insight as well as practical wisdom to encourage and inform courageous hearted servants who serve in such communities.
Readers will be touched by the maturity, truthfulness, cultural sensitivity, and useful application of this overview of ministry in Chinese Churches."
Lawrence Yuen ~ A Canadian-Chinese Pastor, 4th Generation in Canada
Other Works by Matthew Todd:
Matthew RS Todd, Hope Alive: Going and Growing through Pain (Mill Lake publishers, 2016).
Matthew RS Todd, Crisis of English Ministries in Chinese Canadian Churches, (WIPF and STOCK publishers, 2015).
Matthew RS Todd, Historical Attitudes that Have Shaped the Church’s Use of the Arts (Winnipeg, MB: Word Alive Press, 2010).
Matthew RS Todd, The Interface of Percussive Arts, Religious Experience and Sacred Association (Winnipeg, MB: Word Alive Press, 2008).
Matthew Todd (MTS, MA, DTL) is the author of Hope Alive: Going and Growing through Pain (2016), English Ministries Crisis in Chinese Canadian Churches (2015), The interface of Percussive arts, religious experience, and sacred Association (2008), and Historical Attitudes that have shaped the Church’s use of the Arts (2010). He has taught over thirteen years as an adjunct theology, philosophy, and ethics teacher with L.I.F.E. and P.L.B.C. Canada. The author has served in English ministries in bicultural and bilingual settings as a speaker, counselor, community service worker and ordained English ministries associate track lead pastor. He has assisted amongst Italian, Romanian, Filipino, English, and various Chinese ethnic churches. He has additionally served in the executive leadership of the Chinese churches association in the Mennonite Brethren as a English pastors liaison, in the former Greater Vancouver English Ministries Fellowship (VCEMF – now morphed into what is called Shepherds Circle), helping to plan joint ministerial initiatives and next generation Chinese Canadian events in southern British Columbia. Todd is a Big Band drummer and currently maintains an active writing and itinerant speaking ministry; and a key focus of his written work has been towards the mission longevity and health of English ministry congregations in Chinese bicultural church contexts.
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