As many as 66 percent of young pastors serving immigrant congregations drop out of ministry in their first few years of service.
The Asian American Ministry Program at Seattle Pacific Seminary actively seeks to address this problem by connecting students with pastors through mentoring relationships, and by connecting pastors with one another through hosting regional gatherings.
In September 2011, AAMP hosted 40 local Asian American pastors for a rich time of fellowship, relationship-building, and vision-sharing. The agenda also included presentations from Seminary leaders.
Doug Strong, dean of the School of Theology, and Jeff Keuss, professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture, spoke on the heart and vision of Seattle Pacific Seminary, accompanied by testimonials from students and pastors who are serving as mentors in AAMP. AAMP Director Billy Vo also described the program’s two-fold mission to equip leaders in the seminary and in the church to witness to the gospel, and the specific ways in which the program will seek to fulfill its mission in 2011-12.
The luncheon was concluded when Miriam Adeney, associate professor of world Christian studies, offered a prayer of perseverance for local pastors, and the AAMP expressed its appreciation to ministry leaders in attendance by giving them a copy of Eugene Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor.