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Podcast Episode 02: DJ Chuang: Asian American Church and Mental Health

DJ ChuangWhat are two pressing issues for the Asian American community? Church and Mental Health.

DJ Chuang is a consultant, social media giant and faith entrepreneur. He has observed the Asian American church for the past 20 years and he shares his insights on where the Asian American church has been and where it’s going. He shares his hopes and needs for the church as well as the needs for Asian Americans to embrace mental health. Mental health is perhaps one of the biggest issues not discussed enough in the Asian American community.

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Be authentic to who you are and step out in faith. Just because you go to seminary doesn’t mean that your life trajectory is set to be a pastor forever. I think most of us have a narrow and limited view on the roles and jobs in the church world. I know I did, but once I got to explore and see different things, I have realized that there is more out there. There are a variety of jobs and opportunities for people going into ministry. And if there isn’t something that fits, we can create something new that fits our passions and skills. In order to do this, people need to know their strengths, weaknesses and passions. When we know who we are and what we have called us to be, we can serve in such a unique way for the kingdom of God. So step out in faith and get ready for this beautiful journey.
  2. Get your voice out there. All pastors have a voice as leaders. It’s vital for pastors and leaders to know their unique leadership voice and style because they are leading their families, churches and people. We need to hone in on our own leadership voice and philosophy. The best way to do that is by writing, blogging, and sharing those ideas with people. The more leaders share their thoughts and insights, the better we can hone in on our beliefs and methodology on leadership. And the best part is, it’ll bless so many people.
  3. Get help.  Leaders typically don’t like other people helping them. We don’t like to appear weak. What’s worse is that when we are weak, we think we can fix it ourselves. That’s probably the worst thing a leader can do. What a leader needs to do is admit they need help and get help. Great leaders know when they need to get help before things turn for the worse. I highly recommend leaders to see a counselor and get a coach or mentor. Seeing a counselor doesn’t make a leader less. It makes them stronger. When more leaders do this, they’ll see that they can lead more effectively and wisely.

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