Asian Americans Hope to Build a Movement of Mentorship in Churches and Society

by Rachael Lee  |  published on November 14, 2014

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Relationships between older and younger people in an Asian setting tends to be considered in a negative light, and is thought to be stiff, hierarchical, and not very comfortable. However, church leaders have recognized that there is a need for relational and deep mentorship in order for the younger generation to be raised up as the next leaders of the church and of society as a whole.

In an effort to build a movement of mentorship in Asian American church culture, the Asian American Ministry cohort of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) program at Talbot School of Theology in Biola University decided to host its first annual Asian American Ministry Conference (AAMC) on November 7, and to focus on the theme of “Mentoring for a Lifetime.”

“Mentorship is the future of the church,” said Cory Ishida, the senior pastor of Evergreen Church in San Gabriel Valley. Ishida spoke during the second and last plenary session at the one-day conference. “We need to mentor so that we can be sure that the church will be in good hands.”

The conference, which took place at Biola University, focused on three main aspects of mentorship. What is mentorship? Who should be a mentor? How should we mentor?