Resources

If you want to go fast, travel alone, but if you want to go far, travel together.”
– African Proverb 

We are different cultures and generations.
We are from various churches and denominations.
We are each called by God to serve and lead in different ways.
We believe God is glorified through collaborative partnerships.

Here we feature our podcast (Biblical leadership teaching from pastors and teachers across denominations), contributing writers, and event partners.

Blogs & Articles

Freedom in the Spirit

Freedom in the Spirit

Ministry is an extroverted business. It requires prolonged periods of energy exertion. Whether you are the leader or the participant, the church is a community that thrives off of social interactions and connections. So if you’re an introverted person, church involvement can drain you, and quick. At such times, activities that are meant to be life giving and geared towards encouragement can become suffocating and cause social anxiety.Introversion doesn’t mean shy or unfriendly or a person that doesn’t like people. In fact, many introverts are very social and can appear on the outside to be extroverts, because they enjoy people a lot. Introverts are people that draw energy from their inner lives, and so even though they have a good time socializing, they also need to withdraw and be alone for large spaces of time to refill the well. Such retreating from the world isn’t often understood or appreciated by church communities that like to sign on their members to every activity.Being a pastor’s wife and having been a church planter’s wife, I understand deeply the concern for both numbers and wishing that church members would commit more time and energy to help grow and cultivate the church. My job description was to welcome strangers and make conversation. As much as I often ended up enjoying those conversations fter getting over a deep struggle with many levels of anxiety, I would return home and plop down on the couch exhausted. I felt like a wet towel that had been squeezed out and left to dry.Because my efforts never seemed good enough, and I never felt smart enough or accomplished enough to play my role, I decided to meditate on and memorize 2 Corinthians 3. It was a great comfort to me that Christ is my confidence and that my competence comes from being a minister of “a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit.” Being an introvert in an extroverted sphere often felt like losing my “self,” but it was a great encouragement to know that it was the Spirit creating and recreating and building and accomplishing the goal of the church and its community. "ruly, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Not by my righteousness or righteous acts or trying to be the “right” person for the job, but through Christ’s righteousnes, I could rest in my identity in Him. What freedom and comfort there is when “we, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, and are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Event Partners

Freedom Road

Ruby Woo Pilgrimage, Chinatown, New York

2017-2019

Read Event/Partnership Description

For 3 consecutive years, WOW! has been bridging the Ruby Woo Pilgrimage with local historical church, First Chinese Baptist Church, to feature and highlight the legacy of Dr. Mabel Lee, a pioneer, suffragette and advocate in the Chinatown community.

Learn more at:
https://freedomroad.us

Nyack College

SheLeads Summit, New York, NY

2018

Read Event/Partnership Description

WOW! co-sponsored a satellite location where local leaders who affirm women in pastoral leadership were invited to discuss their process, ideas, and dreams in elevating women into leadership roles. Professor Amy Davis facilitated this rich conversation and is part of WOW!’s seminar teaching rotation.

Learn more at: https://www.missioalliance.org/gatherings/churchtogether

Fullness in Christ Fellowship (FICF)

Renewing Gender Relations: Living Out the Fullness of Christ Conference, San Francisco, CA

2013

Read Event/Partnership Description

WOW! coordinated and led the English track for this bilingual conference. Local leaders: Rev. Ken Fong (Evergreen Baptist Church), James Choung (Area Director of IVCF) and Melanie Mar (Campus Ministry Director of EPIC) led workshops and participated with Rev. Grace May, (WOW! Executive Director) as panelists on creating gender justice opportunities for women to lead and to co-lead in pastoral positions.

Learn more at: https://www.ficfellowship.org/about-ficf-e.html

Hope & Love

Women’s Conference, Yonkers, NY

2019

Read Event/Partnership Description

WOW! sponsored Hope & Love’s first conference for women living in the shelters of Yonkers, NY. Pastor Lourdes Delacruz invited speakers who have walked similar paths of homelessness, abuse and are still currently navigating their challenges to share their stories of hope and faith in God to encourage the women attending. There were times of prayer and healing for all of us at this very unique conference.

Learn more at:
https://www.facebook.com/MovementofHopeandLove

Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC)

Refresh Silent Retreats, Bethlehem, PA

2014 – present

Read Event/Partnership Description

Since we began hosting silent retreats in 2014, Sister Eleanor Goekler of SMIC, has been a partner in helping shape, plan and execute our Refresh gatherings into its unique space and time of quietness and solitude which have deeply ministered to all who have attended. 

Learn more at: http://www.missionarysistersofic.org

PaLM (Pastor & Laity in Ministry) & ISAAC East (Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity)

Asian American and Multicultural Leadership Conference, New York, NY

2018

Read Event/Partnership Description

This 2 day conference resulted from the first ever collaborative effort between our three parachurch ministries featuring the impact of multicultural and multigenerational leadership, specifically, in the Asian American Church. Dr. Sheryl Silzer (co-author of Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities in Asian American Life and Ministry) taught both days to an audience of pastors and lay leaders.


Learn more at: 

https://www.palmny.org
https://isaacweb.org

 

Oversea Chinese Mission (OCM) Church

WOW! Seminar Series, Chinatown, NY

2017 – present

Read Event/Partnership Description

WOW! is grateful to the OCM community as they have graciously offered their classroom space to host our monthly seminars on biblical teaching emphasizing women, leadership and calling.

Learn more at:
https://www.ocmchurch.org/