The Korean Seventh-day Adventist church in North America is at the crossroads of a generational shift.
In this first extensive sociological study of second-generation Korean Adventists in the United States and Canada, Won Yoon examines issues and concerns related to generational transition in immigrant churches. This book is a report on the findings of a survey project termed Vision 2020, which is a major source of information about second-generation Korean Adventists in North America and their views on the future state of the Korean church. More than 1,000 second-generation Korean Adventists provided the empirical data for this study. Yoon analyzes this data and also provides sections titled “In Their Own Words” which represent the real voices of survey respondents stating what they like and dislike about their Korean churches.
Context and Continuity traces the historical roots and reports on the current condition of the Korean Adventist church in North America. Yoon demonstrates that the church is in the process of reexamining priorities, which is necessary if it is to be relevant to the concerns of upcoming generations. Students of Asian religions in general and Asian immigrant churches in particular will appreciate the significance of Yoon’s findings. Anyone interested in the relationship between ethnicity and religion will deem this work to be relevant and insightful.
Won K. Yoon is professor of sociology at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, where he has also served as assistant vice president for graduate studies and research. After earning a bachelor’s degree in theology at Korean Union College (now Sahmyook University) in Seoul, Korea, he taught religion in Korea before coming to North America. Dr. Yoon holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Louisiana State University. He has been a member of the Loma Linda Korean Adventist Church for thirty years, and has been a speaker at various Korean Adventist meetings and on television and radio programs.
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Introduction: My Church
Chapter 1: Ethnic Church and the Korean American Community
Chapter 2: The Roots of the Korean Adventist Church
Chapter 3: The Church at Present
Chapter 4: The Church in Transition
Chapter 5: Studies on the Children of Immigrants
Chapter 6: The Survey and Its Participants
Chapter 7: The Second Generation and Their Churches
Chapter 8: Future Commitment to the Korean Church
Chapter 9: Korean Pastors in the English Ministry
Chapter 10: Summary, Prospect, and Suggestions
Appendix A: The Vision 2020 Survey Questionnaire
Appendix B: The Early Development of the Korean Adventist Church in the History of the Korean Protestant Church
Appendix C: A Brief History of the Korean American Community in the Context of Asian American History
Appendix D: Biblical Significance of the Ethnic Minority
Appendix E: Reasons for Pursuing a Multiethnic and Multicultural Korean Church in North America
Appendix F: Reasons for Maintaining the Korean Church in North America
Appendix G: Avoiding Ethnic Traps in Minority Churches