An Understanding of Past and Present Outreach to the Chinese in North America for a More Effective Outreach in the Future: A Case Study of the Minneapolis / St. Paul Area
This paper is a study of past and present outreach efforts to the Chinese in North America for the purpose of developing strategies for more effective outreach in the future. The sole focus of this study is reaching the Chinese people living in North America and does not speak to any aspects of activity in East Asia. This research was conducted through a series of interviews of WELS ministries reaching the Chinese people as well as interviews and research of similar outreach efforts by other denominations in North America. The WELS can benefit from a study of additional church bodies’ methodology and philosophy in reaching the Chinese in North America, specifically in the areas of appointing leadership, evangelism strategies, and overall understanding of the North American Chinese culture. If a WELS church analyzes the surrounding community and the subsequent research reveals that Chinese people are living within their area, it is my prayer that this paper can serve as a gathering of examples, strategies, and encouragement to aid the members of the church in sharing their faith with the Chinese people.