“Divided we are conquered, and united we flourish: Mutual Learning, Mutual Empowerment.”
PastoraLab for Asian American Women Ministers
is a two-year program that equips Asian American women ministers with hermeneutical knowledge, mutual learning, and empowerment to advance their pastoral leadership. This program is comprised of the following cohorts: one in Los Angeles, one in Orange County, and one Online. Each cohort will follow a curriculum developed by the Program Director and shaped by faculty in Biblical Studies and seasoned ministers. The program will also offer mentorships with seasoned Asian American faith leaders, build practices for a healthier and holistic ministry, and cultivate one’s Asian American Christian identity. Participants will receive a stipend and a certificate upon completion.
Los Angeles & Orange County Cohorts
PastoraLab Spotlight: Jean Shim
Jean Shim is a PastoraLab Online cohort member. She is the Pastor of Young Adults and Ministries at Central Square Church in Cambridge, MA. TESTIMONIAL "PastoraLab has been a wonderful space to meet other Asian women in ministry, develop friendships, and learn...
PastoraLab Spotlight: Angel Wu
Angel Wu Chau is a PastoraLab Los Angeles cohort member. She is the English and Youth minister at Evangelical Formosan Church of Alhambra, a former Montessori preschool teacher, lifestyle photographer, and also a Mandarin language teacher. She is a graduate of Fuller...
PastoraLab Spotlight: Esther Jacobe
Esther Jacobe is a PastoraLab Orange County cohort member. She is the Co-Area Director in Orange County & South Bay for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. TESTIMONIAL An oyster, in taking in irritants/debris, will eventually form the treasured pearl. I...
- A Christ-follower who has a lived-out faith and a maturing growing relationship with God.
- A humble learner.
- A leader whom others will follow and has influence, not just having titles or positions of leadership.
- A leader who has experience in serving others and leading projects or teams in an Asian American community setting.
- A leader who values the Imago Dei in each person and is respectful of all people, navigates loving others cross-culturally and intergenerationally, and works collaboratively with men and women.
- A leader who is committed to a local Asian American church or organization.
- A leader who is committed to growing in their character and leadership.
- A leader who can use technology well.
- Mandatory attendance at 8 sessions (for a total of three hours per month) for 2 years.
- One half-day of individual preparation before each session for 2 years.
- One half-day of Professional seminar per year.
- One annual retreat hosted by ISAAC: A 2-3 day gathering with all cohorts, past and current (The gathering may be either in person or virtual. For more information, see the most recent retreat)
- Commitment to constructing field-based Asian American hermeneutics.
Session 1: Listen to participants’ leadership journeys as women, Asian Americans, and church leaders.
Session 2: Identify the stages of leadership from Level 1 to Level 5 and introduce the principles of distributive Yinist leadership.
Session 3: Share preaching preparation and style.
Session 4: Share cultural and biblical hermeneutical tools for Asian American settings.
Session 5: Share the best examples of hermeneutical preaching.
Session 6: Share feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Yinist hermeneutics and their ministry applications to ministry.
Session 7: Share unexamined theological, biblical, and cultural assumptions and collectively examine habits of pastoral leadership and ecclesial structures.
Session 8: Develop a prophetic voice for the pulpit and public witness.
Session 9: Share exemplars of thriving female pastoral leadership.
Session 10: Examine ecclesial culture and leadership structure.
Session 11: Learn how to interpret and navigate power dynamics.
Session 12: Learn and strengthen conflict mediation skills.
Session 13: Practice financial and environmental stewardship.
Session 14: Share obstacles and vehicles of advancing personal and organizational leadership practices.
Session 15: Share testimonials of liberating Christianity from patriarchy and colonization.
Session 16: Share fears and hopes of one’s ministry going forward.