The Asian population in North Carolina has increased dramatically in recent years.
How can we reach Asians for Christ?
Here are four strategic ways to help advance the gospel among Asian-Americans.
Equip them to teach.
The gospel is the core message of Scripture and every believer should sincerely believe it and actively share it. It must be taught verbally in the pulpit and lived out visibly at home and in workplaces. Churches should be intentional in gospel-centered preaching and teaching. Preaching should be gospel-centered by the faithful exposition of Scriptural texts. It is imperative to equip pastors, Sunday School teachers and leaders to know how to faithfully preach and teach the gospel.
Build a disciple-making strategy.
Many Asian churches are growing in the number of attendees. One of the main reasons attendance is growing is because Asian people come to church for community and to speak their native language among acquaintances. Although community culture should be celebrated, it must not trump the command of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations. Disciple-making takes strategy. However, many Asian churches do not have a strategy to make disciples. Strategies include how to share the gospel, how to teach Scripture, how to pray, how to lead small groups and more.
Teach them the Great Commission. When both first- and second-generation Asians can share the same vision for the Great Commission, they can impact their communities and schools for Christ. As Asian-American leaders know their identity in Christ, they can live out a faith that is rooted in Scripture and work as one body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.
Develop a leadership pipeline.
One of the biggest problems in Asian churches is a lack of leadership. In most cases, a first-generation pastor does everything in the church. The next generation is often slow to step up and continue the ministry in a local church setting. Asian leaders can be like a 21st century Moses. As God met Moses in the wilderness and sent him back to Egypt to bring His people to the promised land, God is going to meet and send Asian-Americans back to their home countries and people to bring them to Christ.
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Asian Ministry exists to help churches impact lostness through disciple-making among Asians in North Carolina and beyond. Asian Ministry leaders are available to assist churches in these four strategies and more.
by Sammy Joo / Senior Consultant / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina