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Why Not Reach More for the Gospel?

You don’t have to read very far into the Book of Acts before you realize how racially diverse those first century churches were.  Acts 2:9-11 mentions Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Judeans, Cappadocians, residents of Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya, Cyrene, Rome, Crete, and Arabia. It is safe to say that a combination of these individual ethnic groups were all attending the same church. Interestingly enough, America is made up of the same kind of demographic melting pot. There are cultures and people groups represented from all over the world in the U.S. And yet, unlike the New Testament churches of the first century, American churches are predominantly mono-ethnic in constitution. Why is this? Are American Christians not concerned about reaching ethnic groups outside of their own; especially when, often times, they live right next door them? More importantly, is God not concerned about His people being a light to all the nations of this world? Pastor Ray Chang dives into this subject and so much more in his interview with Rachael Lee posted on Christians Daily.

Here’s is the link: http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/8381/20160811/interview-ray-chang-why-reach-more-gospel.htm

Church Planting Podcast with Ray Chang

60405Last month, our director, Ray Chang, spoke on a podcast called Hardcore Church Planting, with Pete Mitchell and Peyton Jones.  He shared about how he came to faith in God, his journey into church planting, and his vision for Regenerant, and the status of our current beginning cohort.  Listen in if you would like to hear the story behind Regenerant.

Ray brings his refreshingly honest perspective, where he expresses that church planting and expansion of the Kingdom are really God’s work in the end, and that we are merely following what we believe is His call for us for the time being, until the Spirit leads us in a new direction.  In that process, we may not always know all the answers, but that uncertainty is okay to live in as we follow in faith.  Thanks for patiently joining us as we are eager to see what God has in store for Regenerant, and for each Regenerant staff and cohort member in their own personal journeys.

To hear Ray’s podcast, listen here:  HCP #12 Podcast with Ray Chang

Multiplying Missional Leaders

What is the need for multiplication of leaders?  ..of churches?  Ed Stetzer has some thoughts on that.

37371Pastors of growing churches know all too well the old adage of there being two sides to every coin. The excitement and energy of a growing congregation brings with it new needs and a constant demand of more people to help carry out the ministry.

When the numbers are lacking, the pressure increases on the pastor and staff to solve every problem, run every small group, set-up every service, and clean every toilet. The stress can become so heavy that the growth feels more like a crisis than a blessing.

Underground Church in North Korea – Lessons for Church Planting

Though American and North Korean contexts are vastly different, church planters can still learn a thing or two from the type of movement happening over there.

12 Unconventional Church PlantingPrinciples From … North Korea?

An American pastor has set forth 12 unconventional – even seemingly counterproductive – church planting principles that he learned from a highly unlikely source – North Korea, where the Christian community is completely underground.Flag-map_of_North_Korea

Pastor Eric Foley, who has worked for ten years with North Korean underground Christians, says the way church is done in America would get a believer in North Korea immediately killed or imprisoned. Yet despite having to hide their faith, North Korean Christians have a lot to teach American Christians when it comes to church life.

>>>Click here to read more.

Why Church Plant?

Here’s a link to an article that initiates discussion on the need for church planting and multiplication.  Be sure to read the comment thread below the article as well for counterpoints.

HAVE CHURCHES FORGOTTEN HOW TO REPRODUCE?

12ReproducingChurches_400_495600557Seems to be that churches must be on some powerful birth control. They are not reproducing. And I don’t get why.

It’s natural. It’s normal. It’s essential. And we all know how to do it. But somewhere along the way, church reproduction and multiplication became unusual or strange in North America. And I am not happy about it.

The church is the most powerful institution in the world. Where no electricity and running water exist, you will still find a church that is planting churches. When governments grow corrupt and economies crash, the church still stands and plants more churches. Nothing in the world and nothing in the last two millennia of history can compare to the church. It advances best by exponential and explosive multiplying. But not here.

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October 2014 Update for ReGenerant Partners

The month of October has been an extremely busy but fruitful time for ReGenerant Network. As a new organization focused on mobilizing the next generation of Asian Americans to plant churches here and abroad, we are still developing our resources and our team. We are excited to announce the newest member of our team, Aimee Han. She will serve as our primary Administrator for ReGenerant Network. Here is her short bio. Welcome aboard Aimee!

“Hi!  I moved out here about a month ago from Michigan in order to work with ReGenerant, and to take a step of faith into God’s purpose and plan for my life.  I am a certified and experienced teacher, and though I find teaching incredibly rewarding, there was another part of me that was longing to be more immersed in missional ministry.  I am here to learn, grow, and serve in whatever capacity I am able.  There are many uncertainties ahead, in working with a start-up and in missional living, but so far, I cannot express to you how much I am loving it!”

The past two years, we have partnered with Exponential (exponential.org), the primary church planting conference in the United States. We launched ReGenerant in April at Exponential East in Orlando and continued our partnership at Exponential West at Saddleback at the beginning of this month.  There, we participated in one pre-conference (Prelaunch) and four seminars (The Future of Asian American Church). The highlight for the conference was gathering 30 Asian Americans for a luncheon to share the vision of launching churches in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

We were also able to guest teach at Talbot Seminary in Dr. Gary McIntosh’s Pastoral Ministry class. The topic was on leadership and church planting. Throughout the month of October, we have been presenting the vision of launching church plants in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and recruiting potential church planting candidates.  We have been blessed to partner with Talbot and Fuller for this endeavor, and have been receiving applications from a wide range of church planters.

We are looking for ways to expand God’s kingdom by planting Gospel-centered churches. Our first mission is to recruit, train and deploy 12 planters for 2015-2016. If you are interested in partnering with us, here is how you can get involved:

  • Share this email with a friend who might interested in planting a church.
  • You can make a donation on our website Regenerant.org
  • You can pray for us as we begin this new journey.
  • We are excited about how God is mobilizing the next generation of leaders and planters.

Thank you for joining us in this venture.

In Christ’s Service,

Ray Chang
Regenerant.org

Reaching the Next Generation of Asian Americans @ Exponential East 2014

Thanks for all who came to our workshop session on the Reaching the Next Generation of the Asian American Church at Exponential East 2014 in Orlando. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in America today, and exponential numbers of next-gen multi-Asian churches are being planted that better reach the next generations of not just Asian Americans but also multiethnic America. Here’s the slides and links to references mentioned and a some bonus resource links too:

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Future of Asian American Church in LA

3Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in America today, and exponential numbers of next-gen multi-Asian churches are being planted that better reach the next generations of not just Asian Americans but also multiethnic America.

We’ve just launched in LA

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We are excited about the ReGenerant Network and we have officially launched today! We see a world one day where churches are started all over the world. Our goal is to start 12 churches in Los Angeles this next year and we would love for you to be a part of the journey.