Soong-Chan Rah

  • Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009).

    Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He has previously been part of a church planting team in the D.C. area, worked for a number of years with IVCF in Boston (specifically at MIT), and had mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.

    He currently serves on the board of Catalyst Leadership Center and Sojourners/Call to Renewal. He has been an active member of the Boston Ten-Point Coalition (an urban ministry working with at-risk youth) and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers. He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching as well as on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, the 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, the 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 ECC Midwinter Conference, the 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference and the 2008 CCDA National Conference.

    Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a contributor author to Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP) and has authored numerous journal articles.

    Soong-Chan, his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.

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    I’m giving money to the poor, what now?
     
    “There’s a vacuum in my spiritual life because I don’t know what it means to worship in the context of poverty and suffering,” says Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Author and Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary. People in the West can mistakenly think that writing a check to a relief organization is all that justice requires of them. We don’t truly begin to see the poor as people until we realize that we need them as much as they need us.
     
    Is Christendom dead in America?
     
    Christendom is the assumption that a culture or nation is Christian or at least primarily Christian. “We’ve definitely seen the end of Christendom in America,” says Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Author and Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary. The future of cultural relevance for the Western church won’t be in the fallacies of post-modernism, but instead in the alternative perspectives provided by the Global South.
     
    History of Christian Cultural Irrelevance
     
    “Fundamentalism of the early 20th century is very much tied with dispensational theology,” says Dr. Soong-Chan Rah. “The perception is – in a pre-millennial dispensationalist perspective – that the world actually needs to get worse before Jesus returns.” Many fundamentalist churches have separated themselves completely from culture and given up any effort to speak into and shape culture.
     

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