Asian Ministries

Asian Ministries is a mission program of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). At present, more than 130 Asian-American Baptist churches, congregations and fellowship groups exist within ABCUSA. These groups are comprised of first-, second- and third-generation Asian-Americans, and their descendants include Japanese, Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Burmese, Chins, Karens, Kachins, Mienh, Vietnamese, Thais, Laotians, Indonesians and Cambodians. More than 18 different languages and dialects are spoken—a fact that makes Asian Ministries one of the most culturally rich and ethnically diverse groups within our denomination.

We are strengthening Asian Ministries’ mission and ministry, while responding to ABHMS’ mission goals by providing:

  • pastoral and lay leadership development,
  • church planting and transformation,
  • evangelism and discipleship,
  • recruitment and placement of professional church leadership,
  • resource development,
  • scholarships for theological and higher education,
  • sensitization for Asian-American concerns,
  • bridge-building and networking among language groups,
  • interaction and cultivation ofrelationships with Intercultural Ministries,
  • support for Asian women in ministry and,
  • partnership with the Asian-American Baptist Caucus.


Asian Conference Includes Recognition of 100-year-old Church

Approximately 20 ethnic groups—including Asian-American, Latino, African-American and European-American—participated in "Pursuing God across the Generations: Community, Vitality, Justice," the 2014 Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches (AAABC) Convocation and Asian Conference held in early August at First Baptist Church of Glendale, Calif. Read full story


The forgotten Pearl Harbor story: Video lifts up American
Baptist ministry in World War II internment camps

During World War II, thousands of men, women and children of Japanese descent were unjustly imprisoned, by executive order, in U.S. internment camps because of wartime hysteria and fear that they would serve as spies for the country of their heritage. Subjected to harsh living conditions, Japanese immigrants in the camps included parents of American-born young men fighting in U.S. military units. Watch the video


ABHMS Co-sponsors successful Asian conference

In August, more than 150 individuals representing 17 languages attended the 2012 Asian Conference at First Baptist Church, Waltham, Mass. Jointly sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and the Asian American Baptist Caucus (AABC), the event featured the theme “Challenges and Opportunities for Asian and Asian American Churches.” Read full story


Asian conference, Asian Caucus convocation slated for Aug. 20-22

“Challenges and Opportunities for Asian and Asian American Churches” was the theme of the 2012 Asian Conference and Asian Caucus Convocation held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 20-22, at First Baptist Church, Waltham, Mass. The event was sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and the Asian American Baptist Caucus (AABC). Read full story

At Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand, songs are sung in the Karen language.

ABHMS staff member participates in ecumenical solidarity visit to Myanmar

The Rev. Rothangliani Chhangte, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) liaison for Burma refugees, was part of an international ecumenical solidarity team of the World Council of Churches (WCC) that recently visited Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The purpose of the August 2011 visit was to gain a better understanding of the peace and security issues in the new political landscape since the country’s November 2010 elections. Read full story

Students bring their children along to an English Language Learning class held in an apartment.

Two Congregations Seek to Strengthen Their Multicultural Relationship

Georgia Chin Baptist Church (GCBC) meets regularly at Oakhurst Baptist Church (OBC), Decatur, Ga. Although Chin and English services are generally held separately, the GCBC/OBC Partnership Mission Group, formally organized in June 2010, has introduced events and activities that strengthen the churches’ relationship with each other, while promoting multiculturalism and helping Chin individuals adjust to American life. Read full story

Approximately 350 youth and their adult leaders attended the Karen Baptist Youth Conference at Houghton (N.Y.) College in July 2011. Photo by Law Eh Soe

Karen Baptist Youth Conference focuses on building self-confidence, balancing cultures

Approximately 350 youth and their adult leaders participated in workshops, worship and Bible study at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)-co-sponsored Karen Baptist Youth Conference at Houghton (N.Y.) College in July. Read full story

July 2011 Karen Youth Conference

Twenty-four youth accepted Christ and were baptized at the Karen Baptist Youth Conference in summer 2010.

ABHMS to co-sponsor Karen Baptist Youth Conference in July 2011

Youth and young adults, ages 15-30, are invited to the Karen Baptist Youth Conference to be co-sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) July 21-24, 2011, at Houghton (N.Y.) College. The theme—“Be a good example”—derives from I Timothy 4:11-12. Read full story

During the “Together in Ministry Retreat for Pastors with Burma Refugee/Immigrant Ministries,” pastors spent significant time meeting in small groups.

Serving churches that aid immigrants, refugees from Burma

When American Baptist churches need help with resources and funding to aid people who immigrate to the United States from refugee camps in Thailand, Malaysia and India, they often turn to the Burma Refugees Task Force, a cooperative effort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and other American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) ministries. Read full story

Pastors from Burma now living and serving in the United States received intensive ministry training.

Ministry Training Blesses Pastors, Facilitator Alike

At a training session for recent refugee pastors from Burma (Myanmar), the Rev. Rothangliana Chhangte, who facilitated the event, found herself reminded about the reason she chooses to work for American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS). The liaison for Burma refugees was profoundly touched by these pastors now residing in the United States who minister to refugee congregations here. Read full story

Asian American Baptist conference worship service

Asian American Baptist conference

At Asian American Baptist conference and caucus, participants find inspiration, enrichment and fun Read full story

"Taiko" (traditional Japanese drums) create a dramatic musical opening for the Multi-Cultural Celebration.

Asian Ministries Demonstrates Mission-Focused Teamwork

"How Then Shall We Live?" and "How Then Shall We Serve?" were twin themes respectively of two Asian Ministries events held back-to-back in Seattle, Wash., in August. A retreat hosted by Asian Ministries for emerging leaders took the lead, followed by the first Asian American Baptist Convention sponsored by the Asian Caucus. Read full story

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