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 “The Vision Behind The AALC Project”

Written by Louis Lee of MESA


GOD IS CLEARLY AT WORK among Asian American Christians. Asians are attending the Urbana Missions Conference (IVCF event every three years, 1996, 2000, 2003) in numbers that are 6-7 times the national demographics (over 20% of Urbana participants are Asian). English speaking ministries within Asian churches as well as new independent English only ministries (Asian American and multi-ethnic) are increasing nationwide.

HOWEVER, THERE IS A NEED for additional vocational Christian workers for these new ministries. There is also a need for encouragement and equipping of existing Asian American leadership. A national conference would help address this need as well as help build new bridges and strengthen existing ones between Asian American leaders and ministries.

THIS IS THE VISION behind the first ever national Asian American Leadership Conference (AALC) in LA on March 29-31, 2004. Louis Lee (MESA, Ministries for English Speaking Asians), Pastor Paul Lee (Ocean View Church, KEMPA), and Tom Steers (Navigators Asian American Ministries Coordinator) have been building on this shared vision for the past several years. Together, the three are serving on the Core Planning Team (CPT) for this AALC project.


Louis Lee

MESA is a parachurch ministry started in 1988. Rev. Louis Lee is the founder of MESA. After graduating from the University of Michigan (1975) and Dallas Theological Seminary (1979), he pastored in northern California for seventeen years. Louis served with Promise Keepers as their national Asian Coordinator from 1996 to 1998. Louis lives in northern California with his wife, Eileen, their two sons, Matthew (22) and Michael (15), and their yellow Labrador Retriever, Oliver.

What We Believe
1. We believe in One God who exists in Three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe in the Bible, God's Holy Word, inspired, infallible, and without error in its original manuscripts.
3. We believe Jesus Christ is God's Son, fully human and divine.
4. We believe there is salvation through personal faith alone in Jesus Christ who died for the sin of the world and rose from the dead.
5. We believe Jesus Christ will return to earth first to take Christians into heaven with Himself and later to rule on earth as King.

JUNKO, a well-grounded APA Christian artist, states that "sharing with others where their true identity lies, where they can find belonging and the truth of God's unconditional love and grace…that is what it is all about for Junko (pronounced June-ko) Nishiguchi Cheng.
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KOTI HU, an up upcoming APA Christian music artist from Seattle regarding how his ministry started, states "I recall that pursuing this career began with just an overwhelming revelation of how passing our lives here on earth are, and feeling that I simply must, at least, actively look for opportunities to present themselves to me.
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LOUIS LEE IS SERVING as the Conference Coordinator while Ron Sugimoto (former board member of JEMS, current board member of MESA) serves as the Assistant Conference Coordinator. General session speakers include pastors Jack Hayford, Ken Fong, and David Gibbons as well as Joanne Jung who teaches at Biola University. Peter Lum is leading a special Asian American worship team while special music will be provided by Junko (Cheng).

OVER 30 DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS will be offered under 8 Ministry Tracks (campus, church planting, gender and ministry, general leadership issues, missions, pastoral, youth, and worship).

REGISTRATION IS $109 (students and spouses, only $49) which includes two meals on Tuesday, March 30 (lunch and dinner) and continental breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30-31. Registration forms can be printed from the website (, filled out, and mailed in with payment. Or you can request a brochure be sent to you.

Please contact Louis Lee at and include your mailing address. (Limited scholarship funding is available, primarily to help seminary students and pastors of smaller churches.) Check the website for info on the Miyako Hotel (LA Japantown, about a 10 minute drive from Young Nak) which is offering special discounted room rates for those attending the AALC. Free shuttles will run between the Miyako Hotel and Young Nak.

PLEASE PLAN to participate in this first ever national AALC event on March 29-31, 2004!

The Asian American Leadership Conference will be held on March 29-31, 2004 at the Young Nak English Ministries located at 1721 N. Broadway. The general session speakers include Pastors Jack Hayford, Ken Fong, and David Gibbons.

Louis Lee of MESA, Pastor Paul Lee of Ocean View Church and founder of KEMPA (Korean English Ministries Pastors Association) and Tom Steers, Navigators' Asian American Ministries Coordinator) have planned this event with Louis Lee as the AALC Coordinator.

The event features seminars lead by Asian American leaders from around the nation under 8 different "tracks" - church planting, campus ministries, missions, pastoral ministry, women in ministry, worship, youth ministry, and a general track that will include a variety of leadership issues. (see below).

In this forum we dialogue with key leaders ministering to Asian American students in the campus ministry context. We will discuss how to develop better partnerships between campus ministry organizations and local churches. We will also affirm one another as different campus ministries and ask God to open our eyes to the “hidden” ethnic groups within the Asian American community. Join us as we develop a vision for financial stability and the potential of a long term career in campus ministry.
Track coordinators:
Sandy Lee Schaupp— Ethnic Minority Development Specialist, IVCF, LA, CA
Tommy Dyo— Specialized Campus Minister, AACF (CSULB and CSF)

Church planting is a hot topic in Asian American ministry today. The need is widely acknowledged, new churches are having significant impact, and many entering ministry have church planting prominent on their radar. How do healthy new churches get started? What kind of leadership is needed? What can we learn from successful church plants and from those that haven’t gone well? We’ll consider these and other nuts-and-bolts issues related to starting healthy churches.
Track coordinator:
Wayne Ogimachi— Senior Pastor, Lighthouse Christian Church, Seattle, WA

This track will grapple with the dynamics of gender and Christian leadership, examining how our personhood as women and men impacts our perspectives and practices of spiritual ministry. We will discuss how to affirm men and women to pursue their God-given calling in the church and in the world. Engage with us in theological reflection on the significance of our gender roles in Asian American/multi-ethnic congregations.
Track coordinators:
Nancy Sugikawa Former Assoc. Pastor, New Song Church, Irvine, CA
Jonathan Wu Senior Associate Pastor, Outreach Division, Evergreen Baptist Church, LA, CA

Leaders from the Asian American community nationwide will be invited to share on a variety of leadership issues.
Track coordinators: AALC Core Planning Team

The missions track will emphasize the mentoring aspect of sending Asian Americans throughout the world. We will wrestle with the relational struggles between the church and parachurch. Our objectives are to: 1) Build connections for regional networks in major cities; 2) Encourage mentoring as crucial to leadership development for global AA influencers; 3) Equip ministry leaders to impact with globalocal vision.
Track coordinators:
Chong Kim— Barnabas
Wilbur Moy— Global Spectrum
Jamie Kim—OMF International
A team of experienced pastors from all over the nation will share words of encouragement, insight, and challenge as they address various topics of interest to pastors. A panel of pastors will interact on the topic of how English ministry can survive and thrive in a bi-cultural Asian church.
Track coordinators: AALC Core Planning Team

What does worship in an Asian American church look like? Is there such a thing as Asian American worship? How do we address the need for a better worship experience that will infuse our people with passion and energy to serve God and the people that God loves? This track will discuss the essentials of powerful worship experiences as well as issues that may prevent it from happening. There will also be practical break-out sessions on topics such as designing a worship service and rehearsing with a worship team.

Track coordinators:
Melvin Fujikawa— Associate Pastor, Community Life/Small Group Ministry, Evergreen Baptist Church, LA, CA
Peter Lum— Worship leader, Christian Layman Church, Oakland, CA/conference worship leader

The Church struggles to stop the “XYZ-exile” and yet it continues. Experienced youthworkers will help us reflect, discuss, and strategize to make a lifechanging impact on an emerging generation.
Track coordinator: Charles Kim— Senior Pastor, LifeJourney Church, LA


AAC, Asian American Center of the ABSW Seminary, Berkeley, CA
AACCS, Asian American Christian Counseling Services, Alhambra, CA
AACC, Asian American Church Consulting, Chicago, IL
AACF, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
AFC, Ambassadors for Christ, Paradise, PA
BACBC, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, San Leandro, CA
BBC, Berkland Baptist Church
BCEC, Boston Chinese Evangelical Church
CAME, Center for Asian Missions & Evangelism, Alexandria, VA
CCUC, Chinese Christian Union Church, Chicago, IL
CEMC, Chinese Evangel Mission Church - Manhattan, NYC, NY
CGBC, Chinese Grace Bible Church, Sacramento, CA
CPS, Christian Psychotherapy Services, San Francisco, CA
CLC, Christian Layman Church, Oakland, CA
DCBC, Danville Chinese Bible Church, Danville, CA
ERRC, Educational Resources & Referrals - China, Berkeley, CA
Epicentre (Church), Pasadena, CA
ECCU, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, CA
ECC, Evangelical Covenant Church
EBC-SGV, Evergreen Baptist Church, San Gabriel Valley, CA
The Exodus (worship ministry), Los Angeles, CA
FWCC, Faith Walk Community Church, Pleasanton, CA
FBCC, Fort Bend Community Church, Missouri City, TX
FTS, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
GCTS, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, DMin Asian American track
ISI, International Students, Inc.
IVCF, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Asian American Ministries
IWA, Glendale, CA
JAMA, Jesus Awakening Movement for America, Monterey, CA

KCCC, Korea Campus Crusade for Christ, Los Angeles, CA
KEMPA (Korean English Ministry Pastors Association)
LC, Loyola College in Maryland, Columbia, MD
LCF, Lakeview Christian Fellowship, Niles, IL (starts Jan 2004)
LCC, Lighthouse Christian Church, Bellevue, WA
LOGOS Evangelical Seminary Asian American Ministry, El Monte, CA
M4.6, Malachi 4.6 Network, San Jose, CA
MACC, Marin Asian Community Church, San Rafael, CA (formerly MCCC)
MESA, Ministries for English Speaking Asians, San Lorenzo, CA
MGIM, Mary Germain International Ministries, Mission Viejo, CA
Navigators Asian American Ministries
NCBC, New Community Baptist Church, Mountain View, CA
NHCC, New Hope Community Church, New Hyde Park, NY
NLCF, New Life Christian Fellowship, Castro Valley, CA
OVC, Ocean View Church, Torrance, CA
OMF, Overseas Missions Fellowship Intl, Littleton, CO
PaLM, Pastoral and Laity Ministries, New York, NY
PCC, Pathway Community Church (Castro Valley, CA)
Pioneers - USA
Project BGAN (Bringing the Gospel to All Nations)
PK, Promise Keepers, Denver, CO
QCAC, Queens Christian Alliance Church, Flushing, NY
RC, Redwood Chapel, Castro Valley, CA
Talbot Seminary, (& Institute of Spiritual Formation), La Mirada, CA
TVCBC, Tri-Valley Chinese Bible Church, Pleasanton, CA
Western Seminary, Chinese Ministries Program, Los Gatos, CA
WBT, Wycliffe Bible Translator - USA
YNEM, Young Nak English Ministry, Los Angeles, CA

Conference Speakers

A prolific and best-selling author, Pastor Hayford has penned more than three dozen books, 600 hymns and choruses, including the internationally known and widely recorded "Majesty," and hundreds of teaching cassettes distributed worldwide. He is perhaps best known, however, as founding pastor of The Church on the Way (TCOTW), the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. His service to TCOTW, which began as a temporary assignment to pastor 18 people in 1969, continued fruitfully for more than three decades as the congregation grew to more than 10,000 active members.


Pastor Gibbons is a social entrepeneur and the lead/founding pastor of NewSong. NewSong started in Dave's Irvine apartment in 1994. Dave has a passion to come alongside the poorest of the poor throughout the world. Dave currently serves on the boards of World Vision, The SHAW (an Los Angeles Community Development Corporation) and El Puente (A CDC in Santa Ana).


Evergreen Baptist Church's (San Gabriel) Pastor Ken is a much sought-after inspirational speaker and Asian-American ministries consultant. He serves on the Board of Trustees for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the advisory board for the Asian American ministries department of Logos Theological Seminary (El Monte, CA) and the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP).

He has been a speaker for Promise Keepers, Westmont College's and Azusa Pacific University's chapels and was the featured Bible teacher at Urbana 2000. He was one of the plenary preachers for Moody Bible Institute's Founders Week 2001 and their 2001 National Pastors Conference. In his leisure time, Pastor Ken enjoys playing golf and taking after dinner walks with his wife "Snoopy" and their daughter Janessa.


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Hyepin Im
My effort in the last few months to develop a network of resources and partners to awaken and empower the Korean American churches in the area of economic development and governmental funding has been an exciting adventure and a great learning experience. I cannot lie and say that it has not had its tremendous challenges.

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Witness the words and music that describes "The Passion of Christ"
Burning Tree Projekt will share their music vision of "The Passion of Christ"
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For further information ask for Pastor Joseph Lo at (562) 865-8444





1. What 'hunger and thrist' for Asian American Christian leaders...for 400+ to attend the AALC. What were they 'hunger and thristy' for? I''ll let others answer that one, but it's real, for whatever reasons.

2. What a 'jubilee' of relational/connectional encouragement. We love to connect and so we did at AALC...from all over the U.S.

3. What a task we have before see the LORD advance HIS Kingdom and gospel... as the U.S. Asian American population is projected to grow from 13 to 33 million in the next 46 years. What a need to see strong, full-of-grace, and equipped leaders raising up leaders for the ministry to multiple.

4. What joy at AALC to see the Southeast Asian American caucus that met be SO ZAPPED with encouragement and faith that they would like to have their own Southeast Asian American National conference in the next couple of years.

5. What pleasure to see Asian American leaders ministering to Asian American leaders, which has been hard to find in the past.



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