Chinese Baptists enrich next-gen ministry

The Chinese Baptist Fellowship added a next-generation ministry leader to its executive team at its 20th Biennial Conference, enriching ministry to second- and third-generation Chinese Americans.

William Eng, who retired in 2016 from the pastorate of Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County, California, joins the executive committee of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the USA and Canada in the new post of vice president for Next Gen Ministry. Eng has more than 30 years of experience leading and discipling Chinese Americans born in the United States.

About 200 Chinese Baptists and their family members attended the conference Sept. 24–28 aboard the Carnival Inspiration cruise ship, boarding in Long Beach, California.

“The conference on board a cruise ship was meant to be a time for participants to take a break from ministry and be refreshed spiritually and have something to take home to help them in ministry,” Amos Lee, executive director of the fellowship, said. “We praise God for His grace that made it happen.”

The group of more than 300 churches adopted helping churches become healthy, training and coaching church planters and achieving holistic ministry as priorities, Lee said, in addition to reaching the next generation. The group adopted a two-year budget of $208,000 to support fellowship ministries.

Canadian-American Old Testament scholar Daniel Block was the keynote speaker at the conference focused on Proclaiming the Kingdom. He is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois, and was previously the John R. Sampey professor of Old Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lousivlle, Kentucky.

Joining Block as speakers were financial adviser and retired United Commercial Bank CEO Sau Wing Lam and Ting Yik Leung, associate senior pastor of Crosspoint Church of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California.

In addition to biblical exposition, the conference included workshops on preaching, financial management, leadership succession, next-generation ministry and Baptist heritage. All sessions were well attended, Lee said, with special activities designed for ministry spouses.

The 21st Biennial Conference, set for September 2020 in San Francisco, will mark the fellowship’s 40th anniversary, Lee said. (BP)