Church Planting Among Asian-Americans

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Helen Lee wrote about church planting among Asian Americans just a few days ago. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where this is a hot topic. The mayors or vice mayors of our four largest cities, (San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland an Fremont) plus the mayors of several smaller cities are all Asian Americans. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Santa Clara County (think Silicon Valley) added 140,000 to its Asian population. Of the 571,000 Asians living in the county, approximately 300,000 live in city of San Jose. In San Francisco, one out of three people is Asian, and some cities, such as Cupertino, home to Apple Inc, are now majority Asian cities. (Cupertino is 63% Asian). Many are first generation Americans; the vice mayor of San Jose, for example, arrived from Vietnam on a boat. Other Asians have lived in the Americas for many generations.

While many Asian Americans first arrived in cities along the Pacific Rim, or megacities like New York, others prefer quiet suburbs in places where there are jobs, affordable homes and excellent schools, just like millions of other North Americans do.  Many are finding their places as politicians, scholars, scientists, nurses and more, all over the Americas.

I have spent a lot of time praying about starting churches Asians. I pray with the heart of a second-generation immigrant, grateful that New York embraced my father when he emigrated from Norway as a boy. Lately however, my prayers have expanded to include the concern that we also don’t ignore Asian Americans. I long to see more individuals thrive across racial lines as church planting coaches, assessors, and mentors. I hope for many to be offered resources and support systems equivalent to those afforded Caucasian church planters. Asian Americans lead cities where all kinds of people live, and they can lead churches where all kinds of people worship. I dream of thousands of Asian American, strategists and catalysts, and I imagine them authoring excellent church planting books. It’s about time.

  • cathy hong

    Thank you Linda, as a leader serving on the national team of an Asian-American student ministry, I think it is important that Asian-Americans not be left out of church planting strategies just because Asian-Americans are considered the “model minority”. We have learned so much from our brothers who are African-American, Latino-American, and Native-American, etc. We have learned that we can have a voice and the power to make a difference for the Kingdom, and that we can equip and empower other Asian-American leaders to reach Asian-American students for the Gospel SO THAT they can reach EVERYONE for the Gospel. We have learned that we can use our voice to ADVOCATE for those who do not have a voice, such as the recent immmigrant, those with special needs, the poor, the depressed, etc and not only in our own ethnicity but across ethnicities. When we invest in Asian-American leaders, we are investing in the next generation of minority leaders who Lord willing along with their other ethnic brothers and sisters will propel the Gospel forward to the next generation.

    Thank you for this article Linda.

  • Linda,
    I lived in Cupertino in the late 60s and attended DeAnza College there before moving on. The number of Asians then was probably not more than 5-10%. To hear that it is now 63% is amazing. I am in the process of helping with a new church for 2nd generation Vietnamese in Orange County. One of the zip codes we will be targeting is 90% Vietnamese. Thanks for your comments and encouragement to engage this burgeoning demographic. BTW, my first pastorate was in Morgan Hill at a church that had been started as a Japanese speaking, post WWII congregation 25 years before I got there. It’s still going strong, having transitioned away from its Asian roots. The strawberry farms were replaced with houses. 🙂
    Phil Spry
    Clayton, NC

  • Ron

    Does anyone know where to find a list of Asian American churches in the Cupertino area, say within 10-15 miles? I need to get my to older kids plugged into solid youth groups ASAP.

    BTW, most Chinese churches here are targeted for 1st generation. I’m from LA and there are A LOT more AA churches to choose from e.g. in the (SoCal) South Bay area, there are a dozen to chose from. Many of the AA churches in SoCal are connected loosely through JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missions Society), which has very strong on-campus ministries i.e. AACF (Asian American College Fellowship).



  • vittal






    Andhra Pradesh(INDIA)

    PIN 508256

    Beloved Brother/sister.

    Loving Greeting to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    My Name is K.Vittal , M.Tech(Master of Technology) completed. Bible Course B.Th
    (Bachlor of thelogy) 3 years course completed in Agape Bible College
    .Hyderabad. my father Name Rev.K.Kanthaiah, Senior pastor Gurrampode village& Mandal, District Nalgonda A.P
    INDIA. My mother Name K.Kamalamma god
    serve, My young Brother Name.K.Sunder
    Kumar studying M.Sc,(Ph.D)
    pursuing are sending their love and greeting to you. I accepted (Born again
    ) Jesus Christ 12th Aug 2001 as my personal savior and I
    submitting my life to the Lord, doing Lord’s work around area of Gurrampode, Chapur, mosangi, Eradlagudam,
    chamaladu Gurrampode, Zinaichintha,Konaigudam,Bapanigudam,Thenepally, these are
    all villages. Present I am Assistant
    pastor involve the god ministry in
    sarounding villages. Myself and my father visiting that villages. The people
    will come from all the villages to worship the lord. My Church Independent
    Church Gurrampode . We are all from different backgrounds and different
    communities yet Lord showed his mercy up on us and saved us. Here we are having
    so many troubles, and tribulations in our lives and lords, service. Here we are
    listened about our ministry and praying about you. Independent Church
    started by my father
    Pastor.Rev.K.kanthaiah, accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and
    Submitting life to the Lord Doing Lord’s Work around the area. The people will
    come from all the villages to Worship the Lord. We are all Different
    backgrounds and different places, was started in the year 2nd March
    1994 with a God given vision and strategy to reach the unreached people of
    India. God saved my father Kanthaiah out of Hinduism and idol worship at find
    called him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ at very young age. Pastor
    Kanthaiah, Founder of the Church had studied in reputed Bible Seminaries in
    India. And he also worked in different Places. He has over 28 years of
    ministerial experience with a heart burning for the lost and poor.ent
    Communities yet Lord showed his Mercy up on us and saved us. Here we are having
    so many Troubles, and tribulations in our lives and Lords service.

    God gave him the burden to start
    Independent Church we are in the Mandal headquater of Andhra Pradesh, God
    has been using him to advance the Kingdom of God. He conducts Gospel
    Meetings, training young people for the ministry, poor children, and
    caring(helping) for the elderly widows .We were able start our work between the
    tribal and interior villages, since 2007. We planted worshipping groups in
    different villages. We gave the glory to God for His enabling strength to us to
    carry the gospel to the unreached rural areas Our mission is to
    evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, . We plant churches by going into
    villages, holding outreaches, and starting Bible studies.

    I conducted BBS Believers Bible study one day a week BBS
    meeting on every Thursday at Gurrampode at 5pm-7pm. All the local young
    Students are benefiting by these classes. Every Sunday 9:30-10:30 Sunday
    School, 10:30Am-1:30Pm Worship, singing &Message Every Sunday afternoon my
    father & Myself visit 3 villages 2:30pm-4:00Pm worship the lord Chapur
    village no church conduct the worship
    one Believer house Attended
    35-40Belivers Church place his there
    plz pray for church need. My father & myself 5:00pm-6:30 pm go to
    mossangi 5 famillies gathering that place. my father & Myself Go to Earadlagudam village only 2 families
    accepted jesus Christ .every weak conduct
    open meeting 7:30Pm-9:15Pm gadharing 45-60 members un –Believers
    gathering .2 months back my father purchase Church place. I am not my house
    construction, god Hose and god work.plz
    pray and help them Brother . if u have interest please come visit my ministry
    . so many problems so I(we) request you
    please remember us in your regular prayers.

    pray for our ministry needs:-

    Ø We need support of church planting,

    Ø We need
    bore well in church promises no water.

    Ø We need
    a sound system and materials etc.

    Ø We need a
    4 wheel vehicle for our Mobile Gospel ministry, to go to remote villages to
    preach the Gospel and to carry things for distribution for the poor people.

    Ø Next month
    Christmas Celebration gifted 25 saris(cloths)Approximant Amount
    Rs.4,000/- Gifted old Age people and
    church Decaration Amount Rs.1500 /- 100 Song Books printed
    Rs.2,000/- Children’s Gifts 500/-Need
    Total need: 8,000/-pray and Help brother.

    @ Next month preach the Gospel 15 villages. Every day
    one village conduct open meeting
    if are interested plz come and visit god

    @ Holy Bible needs 40 plz pray.

    One Christian school establishment rural
    area place of one School, plz pray and help them.

    Urgent for 2church Construction
    please pray 4 Ragular

    I purchase church place 48,500/-
    another church place one believer contribute church place in chapur Village. I
    start 2 churches construction in rural Area village Names Chapur
    (village) Eradlagudam (village) Gurrampode(mandal) Nalgonda(dist) Andhra
    Pradesh India sarounding 6 villages gadharing in worship a
    lord, please construct church in that place Brother , please
    help them. Thanku brother plz pry for regular . please contribution god Church . please pray for regular. Cheques to
    our mailing address is shown below. THANKU Brother.

    UCO Bank

    Account No: 16280110032527,

    Account Name: K.Vittal

    Bank Name: UCO Bank

    Branch: Malkapet Branch Hyderabad

    IFSC Code: UCBA0001628,

    In Christian Love.

    Emmanuel M.B.Church, D.V.K.Road

    Nalgonda District,

    pin 508256, Andra Pradesh

    Phone No:990 +91-9908618641

  • Anil Kumar Chilakamarri

    Please prayy for the ministry and gospel preaching to children and non Christians. God may change their hearts…. planning to give bright future to orphan and poor children. Thank you all. Anilkumar. 091-9951388390