“Duplex”: Asian American Church Models

Asian American Pastor: Daniel K. Eng

This is the second post in a series about Asian American church models. Dr. Benjamin Shin, in a lecture for the Doctor of Ministry in Asian American Ministry at Talbot School of Theology, discusses these different models. Credit is also given to Dr. Hoover Wong, formerly of Fuller Theological Seminary.

This second model is the “Duplex” model. This church has two congregations side-by-side. For example, in the Korean church, this would be the KM, the Korean Ministry, and the EM, the English Ministry. Like a duplex house, two units share the same roof–one leadership.

Often we see that the Duplex model is a progression from the “Room for Rent” model. This EM has often developed from a smaller group used to be comprised of just children and youth. As the kids get older and the English ministry grows, there may be room to add a new service. Maybe…

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