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Join Us for 4/30 Lunch for Launch of ReGenerant Network

Pastor Ray Chang and I will be in Orlando next week at the Exponential East 2014 conference, the mother of all church planting conferences, and on Wednesday April 30th, we want to invite you to a free lunch (sponsored by Ambassador Network and EFCA – Evangelical Free Church of America) to experience the public launch of ReGenerant Network and to hear the vision of Ambassador Network‘s ReGenerant initiative.

ReGenerant Network is not just for any church planter, this is focused on multi-Asian/multi-ethnic church planting by Asian American pastors and/or those intentionally reaching the fastest-growing demographic of Asian Americans. (cf. Value of an Asian American church planting network) Our goal is to start 12 churches in Greater Los Angeles this next year and we would love for you to be a part of the journey. And have a great time at lunch too. Space is limited. Please RSVP and let us know you’re coming!

Share this link regenerant1.splashthat.com to invite others you know that are coming to Exponential East 2014.


And, for those who can’t be at the conference in-person, watch the livestream of Exponential East 2014′s Free Webcast 4/29-5/1. Exponential 2014 will take a fresh look at evangelism — proclaiming the Good News — and rethink and challenge some of our old paradigms and rediscover some of Jesus’ old truths anew. Within the context of discipleship, Exponential will rethink five key areas of evangelism: ReThinking Evangelism | ReThinking Outreach | ReThinking Witness | ReThinking Preaching | ReThinking Commission.

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3rd Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium

Understanding Biblical + Theological Foundations of Counseling + Spiritual Maturity in Asian American Cultural Context

The Third Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium

Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 8:30am to 12:00pm

Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley
(323 Workman Mill Road, La Puente, CA 91746)

Dr. Jenny PakThis year Dr. Jenny Pak, Associate Professor at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology is our guest Symposium speaker. Dr. Pak comes to us with many years of professional consultation and counseling experience in both community mental health and ministry settings. With her expertise in cultural psychology and narrative analysis, the subject of her instruction will be Understanding Biblical and Theological Foundations of Counseling and Spiritual Maturity in Asian American Cultural Context.

This Symposium is open to anyone interested in understanding how professional counselors and therapists integrate Christian faith with professional practice. We especially encourage pastors, church leaders, and students to attend.
Third Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium
We will offer 2.5 hours of continuing education credits (BBS #PCE5107) for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs who remain for the entire course which will be from 8:30-12:00.

As with each year’s symposium, we will provide time for Asian American Christian therapists to meet and network. A continental breakfast will be offered during the event. The licensed professional and general public fee will be $35.00 per person. Student fees will be $25.00. An additional $25 will be charged for CEU credits.

More Information and to Register for the 3rd Annual Asian American Christian Counseling Symposium »

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Which Kindles Have Text to Speech?

Not every version of the Amazon Kindle has the text-to-speech function. These are the current Kindles listed at amazon.com that can read text aloud, so you can consume content with your eyes closed! (I just wanted to find a short list like this, is that too much to ask? This list is up-to-date as of 04/15/14)

These 4 Amazon Kindle Fires have Screen Reader, featuring “IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice” ::

And, this Amazon Kindle DX has “Read-to-Me: Kindle DX reads select books out loud with this text-to-speech feature” ::

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Our Schedule for the 2014 OC Easter Tour

We the Chuang family have a tradition of multi-churching during the 2 biggest Christian holidays of the year, Easter and Christmas. Here’s a schedule of church worship services around Orange County, California, that I charted out with 18 churches that had multiple service times for Easter weekend::

This is our proposed agenda for the Chuang Family 2014 OC Easter Tour (with 8 stops):

  • 4/17 Thurs 7pm @ An Easter Together
  • 4/18 Fri 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Irvine + 2pm @ ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa + 6pm @ Ev Free Fullerton
  • 4/19 Sat 4pm @ Saddleback Lake Forest + 6pm @ Mariners Irvine
  • 4/20 Sun 7am @ Saddleback Rancho Capistrano + 11am @ Saddleback Church UCI Venue

Please join us on this special tour if you’re in the area, we’d love to meet you! (I’ll provide color commentary, for free, upon request.) Or build your own schedule using the spreadsheet.

An overview map of the 2014 OC Easter Tour
Aside: wondering what percentage of Southern Baptist Churches have Good Friday services. Can anyone help me find the answer?

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Christian Hackathon near San Francisco 5/30-6/1 2014

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon and an on-going ecosystem where global issues are tackled with a Christian perspective. If you are passionate about impacting the world, join this super-charged event May 30-June 1 in Redwood City, CA, and experience the creativity of an entrepreneurial community to address the challenges confronting our society, churches, and spiritual lives.

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The Present Future of Digital Technologies

At a Leadership Network collaborative event tech-gridfor churches strategizing about “What’s Next”, I made a presentation titled “The Present Future of Digital Technologies.”

I did the 15-minute talk twice. Listen to either 1 of 2 audios and follow along with the slide deck for a useful framework to thinking strategically about how to use current & emerging technologies for current & future opportunities.

Version 1 

Version 2

Honored to be presenting with Nils Smith (OnlineChurch.com) during these sessions. I don’t think he had slides; I do have an upcoming episode with Nils on the Social Media Church podcast [will add link here.] Posting this presentation in reply to this tweet.


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Will churches help to erase shame about mental illnesses?
Hard to Find Christian Support for Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illnesses

Yes there is hope and help for people that struggle with mental illness, but it is not easy to get help when there is so much social stigma about someone needing psychiatric help. Plus, even if stigma weren’t in the way, there isn’t enough professionals and resources to meet the overwhelming need–approximately 61.5 million (1 in 4 US adults) experience mental illness in a given year and only a third receive help!

The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church yesterday was a powerful time of exhortation for how churches around the world must take more of its part to better help people that struggle with mental illness. Here’s why: the church is statistically and anecdotally the first place people go for help with mental illness. 3,200 were in attendance at the sold-out event and many thousands more watching online via the free webcast. Tommy Hilliker announced that the plenary videos and all workshop audios will be posted online for free – what a great & generous resource! 

[photo credit: Christine A. Scheller, Explorations Media]

2 Christian ministries equipping people to run peer-based support groups were featured:


Fresh Hope -  a peer-to-peer Christ-centered wellness approach to mental health recovery that empowers people to connect both their faith and recovery principles

The Grace Alliance - provides personal assistance to navigate professional care and improve personal life management through its Mental Illness Recovery Program (THRIVE) and support groups. Also helps the church understand the biblical and clinical perspective of mental health difficulties and disorders.

I missed hearing about church-based support groups. When I searched for them on the Internet during the past hour, I found no popular programs, though there are a handful of local examples here and there. Maybe a few churches will be prompted to develop church-based programs after yesterday’s event and make their curriculum available to churches everywhere. If history is an indicator, maybe Saddleback Church will be one of those curriculum-makers, like its past roll-outs: Purpose-Driven Church, Purpose-Driven Life, Celebrate Recovery, and Daniel Plan.

Millions are suffering and struggling with mental disorders (cf. NIMH): Mood Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobia, Eating Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Personality Disorders, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder. And I think we/they can use all the help possible. Will the church arise?

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