Paul Matsushima


Mentoring through Our Failures

My mentor knew that the type of guide, role model, and teacher I needed at that moment wasn’t one who drove me harder or dispensed advice. I needed a mentor who would share his failures more than his successes, his vulnerabilities over his expertise.

Home Renovations & General Contractor Project Tracker

Manage all your projects and individual tasks related to home renovations or general contracting. Perfect for the DIYer and home renovation enthusiast, but complex enough for the small business owner and general contractor.

Updating Our Scripts About Calling

Before working at Fuller Seminary, I carried around a couple of dysfunctional beliefs about work and calling.

Updated Budgeting System – Interfaces, Program Budgets, and More!

Built on, this UPDATED ledger has various views for financial reports, including Income Statement (P&L Report), Balance Sheet (shows cash on hand), and monthly expense reports. Also includes three custom-built Airtable Interfaces.

Finding Peace in the Midst of Burnout

When I was in seminary and pastoral ministry in my mid-twenties, I was burnt out. The mismatching of my pastoral role doing community outreach and building local partnerships with my lack of job experience and personality as an introvert led to feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

When a Dream Job Falls Through

A couple of years ago, I felt stuck after a job opportunity that seemed tailor made for me fell through.

How Should Japanese American Parents Talk to Their Kids About Race and Racism?

Explore some of the conversations Japanese Americans have had with their kids about racism, what they wish they'd talked about earlier, and how the dialogue may have evolved over time.

Opting Out of Social Media

The daily scrolling on social media assaulted my self-worth and I grew disappointed with where I was in life.


Many in the AAPI community are hurting. The Church must speak up.

Finding Meaning in Transition

After one of the lowest points in my life, I was confronted with the idea that our trials, our transitions, our grief, our hardships can be instructive and transformative.

Work Management System

Built on, this is a presentation of a work management setup for 8+ team members.

Kizuna’s Summer Camp

Developed for Kizuna, Summer Camp is a program for students entering 2nd to 8th grade, centered on building a foundation of Japanese American culture & heritage.

Budgeting System

Built on, this ledger has various views for financial reports, including Income Statement (P&L Report), Balance Sheet (shows cash on hand), and monthly expense reports.

Leading and Relating Across Differences

In anticipation to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections, let us not retreat to our echo chambers or jump straight to arguing. Instead, let’s stay connected to each other, listening to different perspectives, and respecting each other’s beliefs.

Gaining Margin to Give Back: An Interview with Stephanie Smith

Margin – or the idea of having the room to be and do what you desire and feel called to – was the theme of this phase of Stephanie’s life, especially as she envisioned her ideal retirement years.

Mom, Dad, I’m Proud of You

I don’t say this nearly enough, but I am proud of my parents. Both were children of resilience, whose parents (my grandparents) had to rebuild their lives after the trauma of the Japanese American incarceration during WWII.

Finding Courage as an Artist: An Interview with Roxanne Fulkerson

The union of Roxanne’s calling of visual artistry with her interests and talents didn’t begin to materialize until she turned 57.

Cranium: Japanese American Edition

Trivia, pictionary, origami, and charades - this game has it all! Test out your knowledge of the Japanese American community with this unique take on the beloved game Cranium.

Struggling with My Conceptions of God, Jesus, Church

For a long time, I struggled with my conceptions of God, of the person of Jesus, of the Church.

Standing with George Floyd and #BLM

The lives of our African American sisters and brothers still matter even if our news feeds have returned to normal.

CRM Database for Small Organizations

Built on, this CRM database designed for small organizations can house client, customer, and donor information.

Just Getting Started: Nada Jones’s Story

Nada’s calling–which includes fashion, storytelling, and empowering women–didn’t happen right away but through a lifetime of exploration, introspection, personal development, and struggle.

Bringing Hope and Healing to a Broken World: Jason Chu’s Story

Jason is a Chinese American rapper with the mission to "bring hope and healing to a broken world."

A Lifestyle of Work-Life Balance: Sarah Magidoff’s Story

Sarah runs a graphic design studio, is an Instagram influencer, and has a calling towards a lifestyle of work-life balance.

Myths of Vocation, Volume 3

Many of us carry around a set of dysfunctional beliefs–or "myths of vocation"–about what work and calling are supposed to look like.

The Struggles of Discussing Race in the Asian American Church

My reflections on why it's difficult to talk about race in the Asian American evangelical church.

When I’m in J-Town

In this (unpublished) children's baby board book, join little Shiro as he visits his favorite place in the whole wide world: Japantown!

Merry Mochi Makers

Republished from The Rafu Shimpo. The children’s book “Thank You Very Mochi,” is a tribute to those family gatherings and offers important lessons learned through their youth training workshops.

Silence: Echoing through the Generations

The Japanese American church must not continue a culture of silence, as it can lead to believing history doesn’t matter, or doesn’t personally affect us, and so we can live with privileged disregard for the racial and social injustices in contemporary society.

Thank You Very Mochi

Full of tradition and culture, this imaginative children’s book will “pound” into children’s hearts the importance of family relationships and cultural traditions.

Finding Common Ground & Discussing Politics at Church

My concerns about the increasing polarization of opinions in American politics and how to have constructive dialogue in the church.

Street Love: My Homeless Experience

This is a true story describing my weekend-long trip in Philadelphia experiencing homelessness.

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