BCMB Conference Leaders on ACMCC

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On August 8, 2014, BCMB announced that David Leung is appointed to a newly created position ‘Assistant to Conference Minister for Chinese Churches (ACMCC)’ starting from September 2014. This is the first time that we have an official person to relate to Chinese churches in the Provincial conference. In order to understand this new position, the editor held an interview with David (DL) together with the Conference Minister Rob Thiessen (RT).

  •  Why do you think the position “Assistant to Conference Minister for Chinese Churches” (ACMCC) necessary?
    (DL) The position is necessary to facilitate communications, deepen understanding and foster closer ties between the Conference and our 18 Chinese MB churches in BC.
  • What roles will ACMCC play?
    (DL) In addition to liaising between Chinese churches and the Conference, ACMCC also includes proactive pursuit of joint projects, mentoring and coaching, some teaching, as well as supporting Chinese churches in transitional times (second generation and Mandarin speaking congregations). I will be an advocate for Anabaptist values in our Chinese MB churches.
  • Given David’s trainings, experiences and gifts, how do you think he fits into these roles of ACMCC?
    (RT) David brings years of experience in ministry to this role. He has served the BCMB family of churches faithfully in his capacity with Stewardship ministry and that trust will help our team greatly as we nurture the bonds of brotherhood in our BCMB family. David also brings many years of business and leadership wisdom to this role. Our BCMB executive team is very excited to have someone with his back-ground on board as we support our churches in leadership and development challenges.
  • Does the BC Conference have a vision about Chinese MB Churches?
    (RT) Our prayer and vision for the Chinese churches is that they would thrive in their mission to live and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world as God leads. We will work to encourage and equip them to preach the gospel with relevance and impact, to work effectively as a community of believers where each person’s gifts are valued and utilized, and to support and encourage their leaders in healthy and sustainable patterns.
  • What is your personal vision/burden/passion to MB Chinese Churches?
    (DL) I have always been passionate about developing and walking along side with young adults and emerging leaders in their faith journey. With respect to Chinese churches, my burden is to see more collaboration in discipleship training, best ministry practices development, and church planting; drawing upon the vast resource networks available through the MB denomination and other organizations.
  • Do you see any growth area in MBCCA and in Chinese MB as a whole?
    (DL) MBCCA has come a long away from merely hosting an annual joint Good Friday service. There are many inter-church projects and joint ministries currently in place. I see this partnership spirit among our churches continues to flourish. In light of the changing demographics of our member churches and the influx of Mandarin speaking immigrants, there are definite potentials in planting more churches. The shift in Hong Kong’s political scene may usher a wave of expats returning to Canada.
  • What do you think are the major challenges of Chinese Churches? And between BCMB and Chinese Congregations? How do you plan to tackle these problems?
    (DL) It may sound overly simplistic. A major challenge may very well be the issues associated with the transition from a mono-culture to a multi-generational and multi-cultural (i.e. Chinese from different countries and backgrounds) church environment.
    As to the challenge between BCMB and Chinese congregations, I believe the lack of understanding of each other needs and plans is definitely top on my list. In order to tackle this problem, intentional efforts in building long term relationships and effective communications would be required.
  • How does ACMCC fit into the current structure of BC Conference?
    (RT) The ACMCC will be an integral part of our BCMB executive team. David will focus his work among the Chinese churches but since our goal and desire is for increasing partnership, his role is not limited to MBCCA. David will also assist Ron, Betty-Ann and myself as we participate with the MBCCA churches. His help has already been invaluable as we are all somewhat new to this provincial work. We are very excited to work together.
  • ACMCC is a volunteer position. Will BCMB budget for a permanent ACMCC position (or a similar position) in the years to come?
    (DL) The volunteer nature of the ACMCC position was my preference. I will continue to seek God’s guidance serving and making contributions in this role.
    (RT) This is a new position and thankfully David is giving us a generous commitment of his time even though our BCMB budget is very tight. Of course we will be reviewing the position year by year but my hope is that the value added by this position will be evident to all the churches and encourage stronger financial support allowing us to provide this service over the long term.
  • How will ACMCC operate?
    (DL) I will be working as needed from home, and the best way to contact me is by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (604-790-2688).
    I will have regular meetings with our Conference Ministers, MBCCA, as well as pastors and leaders of our Chinese churches. Depending on the nature of issues involved, our Chinese churches can either communicate with the Conference Ministers or me.
  • We want to see more interactions of the Conference leaders with individual Chinese congregations. Will Conference ministers or ACMCC be visiting Chinese congregations more frequently (especially during Sundays)? Meeting with leaders and pastors of Chinese congregations of individual churches regularly?
    (RT) Both Ron van Akker and I have already received and responded to many invitations from MBCCA pastors and churches. David is not coming on board to replace us but to empower us to move to a greater level of partnership in our mutual mission to reach the lost people of BC with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Keeping in mind that we are serving over 100 churches in BC, we appreciate understanding if and when we are unable to accept every invitation. So far we are managing well but our Sunday calendars are fairly full and we are meeting with various MBCCA pastors each month.
  • Will ACMCC respond to Chinese church needs out of BC?
    (DL) I have been and will continue to coordinate the needs of our churches outside of BC with MBCCA and other MB entities.
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