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Welcoming the Arrival Church Planter: Preparing Immigrant Church Planters for North American Training

Many North American leaders in Christian mission and evangelism would consider immigrants arriving in North America from all around the world a key opportunity to engage and reach the nations with the gospel. While that certainly holds true, it should also be taken into consideration that the largest number of immigrants coming to North America are already Christian, many of whom are arriving with a missional call. Many church leaders pray daily from Luke 10:2 that the Lord of the harvest would send more workers to North America. One answer to this prayer are the arrival church planters who are emerging from immigrant communities all across North America. This paper uses concepts from organizational socialization and learning theory to analyze how North American church planting organizations often struggle to adequately integrate immigrant church planters into their training and concludes by offering four ways to better socialize these planters into the training process, thereby offering a better learning experience.

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Daniel Yang

Daniel is the Director of the Church Multiplication Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and involved in global and multi-faith engagement.

Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also the co-author of Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church (InterVarsity, May 2022).

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