10
May
07

ENGAGE SERIES 5: Lessons Learned Accidentally on the Way of the Cross

ENGAGE Speaker Series 5:
“Lessons Learned Accidentally on the Way to Cross”

Pastoral and Laity Ministries and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades Herald Youth Center with funding from the L2 Foundation, are proud to present our fifth ENGAGE (English-speaking Asian American Group Exchange) Speakers Series: This monthly series hopes to build, equip, assist and rebuild lay leaders who serve Asian American churches. This first series focuses on Asian American Youth Ministry and the implications for leadership and developing discipleship.

We hope that you join us as we fellowship and hear from some of the most innovative and engaging ministry practitioners.

This month’s ENGAGE Series will be facilitate by Pastor Joseph Tsang, who have over a decade of youth ministry experience. He will discuss “Lessons Learned Accidentally on the Way to the Cross.” He will discuss the high rate of drop out in ministry and the low number of years ministers stay at churches may indicate that we have the wrong dreams in ministry. We expect glorious resurrection and renewal galore in our tenures but somewhere along the line we forget that the pathway goes through the cross. We preach the cross but when confronted with the cross, we decide it is not in our plan to wind up there. What is it that God calls us to when we calls us to ministry? Here’s a modest and unreasonable proposal to include and re-introduce the cross as the end goal to youth ministry and the lessons he learned accidentally as he stumbled on his way to the cross.

Joseph Benjamin Tsang was born in Brooklyn and raised mostly out in Queens in one of the most diverse zip code in America(11373). He traveled north for high school at the Bronx high school of science; and even lived in a nearby neighborhood briefly after a rough car accident. It was during this time, Joseph began to attend youth group at OCM. Previously, Joseph attended Chinese Evangelical Church on center street with his other aunts and family. He accepted Christ at a Vacation Bible School at CEC and grew as a disciple at OCM.

For 11 years, Joseph was the youth director at the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland in Rockville. He met his wife, Theresa is Maryland and were married in 2003. Joseph spent a sabbatical learning to cook some southern food and finding an apartment before starting his new job as Pastor at Vision Church.

Please RSVP by emailing Peter Ong at peter@palmny.org to confirm your attendance and participation.

The ENGAGE Speaker Series will be held at
7 p.m. at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades (CCHC) Flushing Herald Center,
39-07 Prince St., Unit 4J, Flushing, NY 11354 (the building next to the Sheraton Hotel)

Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 at 7 p.m.

Where:
Chinese Christian Herald Crusades (CCHC) Flushing Herald Center, 39-07
Prince Street (between Roosevelt and 39th Avenue), Unit 4J, Flushing, NY 11354.

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