Pathway Webinars (2017)

We are delighted to offer five 90-minute webinars to support Asian American Church leaders and church leaders who do ministry in Asian American settings. The topics will broadly address the following:

I. Caring for the leader’s soul: Leadership Self-care (March 18)
II. The Asian American Contexts (May 13)
III. Discipleship Jesus-Style: the Tumbler Model (June 11)
IV. Asian American churches in a multiethnic world (September 17)
V. Public Witness (October 29)

This year’s Pathway  webinars are open to the public. The webinars are free; however, providing a donation in any amount would be appreciated. [DONATE HERE]. You may register at the links below when the webinar is ready. After registration and payment, instructions will be emailed to you about how to participate. Contact Tim Tseng if you have any questions.

Note: To participate, you need a computer with a camera, wifi connection, and any web browser. Or you can use a Zoom app for your computer or mobile device. To download an app go to:

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Webinar 5. Faith in the Public Square: Justice and Christian Witness with Nikki Toyama (October 29, 2017 at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific)


Nikki Toyama-Szeto

  • Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action will lead a discussion on bringing faith and discipleship into the areas of public discourse.  This webinar will look at the connection points between justice, witness, and discipleship.  It will also take a look at popular theological frameworks for justice informed discipleship.


Suggested reading:

  • “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” by Ron Sider
  • “God of Justice” Nikki Toyama-Szeto, and Abraham George
  • “Social Justice Handbook” by Mae Cannon
  • “The Justice Calling” by Bethany Hoang and Kristin Johnson

Nikki Toyama-Szeto is the Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action. She works  with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church.  She speaks and trains leaders globally, most recently in Nepal for Tearfund.  She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  She served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010), helping to develop the plenary program.

She was a co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006). The book is a collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women.  She also co-wrote Partnering with the Global Church (IVP, 2012) with Femi Adeleye and edited the Urbana Onward series. Additionally, she is a co-author of The God of Justice: IJM Institute’s Global Church Curriculum (IVP, 2015).

She has a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University and completed her masters in organizational leadership at Eastern University studying in South Africa. Nikki resides in the DC metro area with her family.

Past Webinars in this Series


Rev. Dr. Steve Wong

Webinar 1. Caring for the leader’s soul (March 18, 2017)

The recording for this webinar is available here: [RECORDING]
Password: 20170318

How is your soul today? Spiritual leadership starts from within. Jesus said that we can gain the world but lose our souls. Losing our souls will affect both our leadership and our well-being. This webinar will look at what it means to flourish in the context of spiritual leadership and consider six dimensions of soul care for the spiritual leader.

Some suggested books:

  • Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the soul of your leadership. Uses the life of Moses to help the leader understand how to develop rhythms for soul care.
  • David Benner. The gift of being yourself: the sacred call to self-discovery. Helps the leader see her/his true self honestly and be able to receive God’s transforming grace.
  • Helen Cepero. Journaling as a spiritual practice. The title is misleading: Cepero describes many different spiritual practices, i.e., types of prayer, and situations in which each might be helpful.
  • James Martin. The Jesuit guide to (almost) everything. An accessible description of the Ignatian approach to soul care.
  • Henri Nouwen. In the name of Jesus. Describes the basic temptations of and needed spiritual practices for spiritual leaders.

Steve is the founder of Grace Community Covenant Church and brings over 25 years of ministry experience with an MDiv in Theology from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Asian American young adult development. He was a contributing writer to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press, 2006). He has been trained as a spiritual director through North Park Seminary’s certificate program in spiritual direction. He is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Steve, his wife, Winnie and 3 teenagers live in San Jose. Steve is a big U2 fan, loves playing the guitar and cheering for the Warriors, and admits to enjoying Chinese bitter melon.


Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee

Webinar 2. The Asian American Contexts (May 13, 2017)

The recording for this webinar is available here: [RECORDING]
Password: 20170513

In this webinar, Dr. Lee will provide a vocabulary to articulate our Asian American experience. This vocabulary of concepts and ideas will serve as our toolbox, enable us to identify issues of spirituality and ministry in our lives and in our communities. Our goal is to understand the deeper dynamics of what’s happening in our lives and in our churches so we can know where to look for help and what kind of resources we need.

Readings for this Webinar:
– “Practical Theology and Multicultural Initiatives” by Mark Branson from Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson and Juan F. Martinez. [Download article]
– “Who are Asian Americans?” from Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives edited by Nita Tewari and Alvin N. Alvarez. [Download article]

Dr. Daniel D. Lee is the director of Fuller’s Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry and an adjunct assistant professor of Asian American Ministry. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Daniel has served in a number of ministry contexts, including campus ministry, chaplaincy, immigrant church, pan-Asian ministry, and multi-ethnic churches. Daniel is the author of the upcoming book Double Particularity: Karl Barth, Contextuality, and the Asian American Theology (Fortress, 2017) and a contributing author to The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture (Zondervan, 2016).

Rev. Dr. Grace May

Webinar 3. Discipleship Jesus-Style: the Tumbler Model  (June 11, 2017)

The recording for this webinar is available here: [RECORDING]
Password: 20170611

We will consider the Tumbler model of discipleship that Jesus left us and consider some of its advantages over one off’s. Discernment, Bible study and fellowship (one of the pillars of the Asian American church) are primary examples of Tumbler discipleship. At the same time, we will look at developing the individual through mentoring and spiritual direction. The goal of the webinar is to provide some practical tools for growing disciples and core values of discipleship, such as love, equity, community, grace, mission and hope.

Readings for this Webinar:

— Richard Lamb, “Michelangelo or the Tumbler? The Disciplemaking Strategy of Jesus” [Download Article]
— Elias Chacour on The Beatitudes: [view at]
— Simon’s Mother-in-Law by David E. Malick: [download pdf at ]

Rev. Dr. Grace May serves as the Executive Director of Women of Wonder, Inc. (WOW!), a ministry that seeks to see Christian women leaders soar by fulfilling their God-given dreams. Dr. May is also the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she pastored at the Chinese Christian Church of New England in Massachusetts and the First Chinese Presbyterian Church, Oversea Chinese Mission and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. She is the contributing author to The Global God, Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross, Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches, Seeking Harmony and most recently The Quest for Gender Equity in Leadership. She lives in the New York City with her mother and relishes tasting different cuisines, traveling and meeting God and the body of Christ in new and diverse ways.


D. J. Chaung

Webinar 4. Asian American churches in a multiethnic world (Sept 17, 2017)

The recording for this webinar is available here: [RECORDING]
Password: 20170917

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, projected to double in population by 2050. While many ethnic Asian churches are reaching an immigrant generation by ministering in Asian languages, new kinds of next generation multi-Asian and multi-ethnic churches are more effective with reaching English-speaking Asian Americans and a multi-ethnic community. We cover statistics and trends as well as unpacking how these new kinds of churches are doing ministry. Plus, we’ll consider the 3 best opportunities where Asian Americans can make their most valuable Kingdom contributions.
Recommended Reading
  • MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World by DJ Chuang [participants receive a free digital review copy]
  • Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities in Asian American Life and Ministry by Benjamin C. Shin and Sheryl Takagi Silzer
DJ Chuang is the author of MULTIASIAN.CHURCH: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World and a co-founder of Thirty Network, an initiative that’s advancing the leadership of Asian American pastors and church leaders. Professionally during the day, DJ works as a strategy consultant with the .BIBLE Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible.
DJ is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Virginia Tech. He has been blogging at since 1999, curating links to resources pertaining to church innovations, including Asian American and multiethnic churches, churches with internet campuses, livestream worship services, and even multi-lingual, multi-racial churches.