This is the first of a series of clips with Pastor Ken Fong of Evergreen Baptist Church, Los Angeles. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and subsequent relocation of over one hundred thousand people of Japanese descent into internment camps uniquely shaped the leadership and direction of the church community. These social dynamics brought a younger generation into leadership, and the church made the first steps toward being a Japanese-American Church. → On p. 50 Branson writes, “Any church that wants to learn about and be shaped by God’s agenda of gospel reconciliation will need to study its historical context.” On p. 81, Branson and Martinez call attention to the role of historical narratives in forming a church’s identity. Use this video along with the personal reflection exercise on p. 48 to prompt attention to your church’s history.
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