The History of 4Pointes
4Pointes Church began as a dream in the living room of an apartment in the “Perimeter” of Atlanta with just a handful of people who believed that there needed to be a church that reached out and brought back home the thousands upon thousands of Asian American/Third Culture people of the metro-Atlanta area with the hope filled and grace filled message of Jesus Christ.
You may be wondering why another church? Especially here in the metro-Atlanta area? And that is a very good question. We don’t want to have another church simply for the sake of having another church. We truly believe that there is a tremendous need for a church like ours here in the metro-Atlanta area. We correlate it the “Goldilocks Phenomenon” (Third Culture). There are many who simply can’t connect at a traditional immigrant church. Whether it be hurt or language or history, whatever it may be, it is simply too difficult. And then when they go to a mega-church or an “American” church, though the praise and the Sunday message may be phenomenal, they simply can’t connect with the broader community. Perhaps it is because the church is too large or perhaps it is because of cultural differences but the end result is dissatisfaction. Simply put, the immigrant church is “too hard” and the “American” church is “too soft.”
Regrettably, at this point, many people simply give up on church and community or at very best just “attend” without truly being part of a community.
This is the reason why we started 4Pointes. We want 4Pointes to be that church where those who can’t fit in at an immigrant church or at an “American” church can call their spiritual home…”The Goldilocks Phenomenon.” This is really our way of describing what is called “Third Culture.” The term TC was used to describe children of missionaries. They were “Americans” who lived their formative years in foreign nations. Consequently, they never truly fit into the foreign culture or the culture of America. Though they spoke the foreign tongue and understood the foreign customs, because they were “Americans” they never truly fit into the foreign country. Conversely, though they were “Americans,” because their cultural mindset was that of the foreign country, they never truly fit into America. Why? It is because they were neither the culture of the foreign country or the culture of America. They were altogether a “Third Culture.”
We believe that Asian Americans by default are “Third Culture.” For many of us, though we are Asian, because we grew up and lived in America, we never truly fit in with our mother country. Conversely, though we are “Americans” because we are Asian, we didn’t quite fit into the United States. We are a “Third Culture.” But Third Culture goes beyond being Asian American. It is a mindset of people who simply don’t fit in to a particular culture, regardless of ethnicity, but because of life experiences. And this Third Culture experience spills over to our faith and our church experience and that is why an immigrant church doesn’t feel quite right but neither does a megachurch/“American” church. 4Pointes exists to be that “Third Culture” community…aka “Goldilocks.”
Therefore, 4Pointes was started to reach this community with the hope filled message of Jesus Christ and in so doing become a “Spiritual Home” for the spiritually homeless.
Behind the Name "4Pointes"
The name 4Pointes actually has three layers of meaning.
• It is our way of describing the Cross of Jesus Christ in referring to the 4 points of the cross.
• It was our vision to plant 4Pointes where the 4 major highways of the metro-Atlanta intertwined (400, 285, 85, & 75).
• Finally, in Chinese, the number 4 is associated with death. Therefore, for a church that reaches out to Asian Americans, using the number 4 in our name can be an affront. However, the message that we are trying to deliver is that in Jesus Christ, he redeems everything and turns death into life.