Resources by ChinaSource Team

Jan 19, 2016

1·1·1 Missions Campaign

by ChinaSource Team

In September, over 900 church leaders from mainland China attended a large Chinese church missions conference in Hong Kong. At the conference, they announced the launch of an initiative to send 20,000 missionaries from China. A month later churches all across China began to put legs to this initiative with a 1·1·1 Missions Campaign. One large house church in Beijing launched this campaign by handing out “globe banks.” Those in attendance were asked to donate money to missions by putting coins into the globe each day. We have translated the accompanying brochure.

Nov 26, 2013

150th Anniversary of Beijing's Gangwashi Church

by ChinaSource Team

Gangwashi Church, Beijing's oldest Protestant congregation, celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding

Jul 25

20 Things a New Chinese Pastor Needs to Learn About Ministry

by ChinaSource Team

Christians in China today are able to share relatively easily about ministry on social media. Pastors’ personal blogs are one unique vantage point into church life in China. In this article, Chen Fengsheng, a Three-Self pastor in Wenzhou, provides budding pastors with timely advice on how to prepare for a healthy pastoral ministry. He gives “twenty realities” of ministry life that will help set up fresh seminary graduates for the pastorate.  

Aug 16, 2012

25 Danger Signals for Christians

by ChinaSource Team

This anonymous post, on the popular Christian site Living Water, warns Christians to guard against complacency in their relationships, ministry, and pursuit of Christ. 

Feb 5, 2016

30 Minutes towards a Better Understanding of China’s Urban Church

A New ChinaSource Conversations Podcast

by ChinaSource Team

Many people outside of China see the church in China primarily as a persecuted church and as a church with many needs. The reality of the situation for the Chinese church—especially with the emergence of the urban house church—is much more complex.

This month’s ChinaSource Conversations podcast—in just 30 minutes—will give you a head start on better understanding the church in China today as Brent, Joann Pittman, senior vice president of ChinaSource, and Mark Swallow, host of ChinaSource Conversations, discuss the key points in his book.

Apr 13, 2016

3 Questions: Dr. Brent Fulton

China's Urban Christians | FAQ

by ChinaSource Team

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Dr. Brent Fulton, author of China's Urban Christians: A Light That Cannot Be Hidden and president of ChinaSource.

Oct 14, 2016

3 Questions: Dr. Charlie Brainer

Expanding Education Opportunities in China

by ChinaSource Team

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Dr. Charlie Brainer of Taylor University.

May 19, 2016

4 Years of Listening in on the Conversation

A Look Back at "Chinese Church Voices"

by ChinaSource Team

A look back at four years of "listening in on the conversation" with Chinese Church Voices.

Aug 23, 2016

5 Challenges Facing Churches in China

by ChinaSource Team

The Gospel Times recently published an article written by a pastor in Xiamen on what he considers to be some of the key challenges facing the church in China today. Here is a translation of the article. 

Jan 28, 2013

A Beijing Pastor Discusses the Vision of His Urban Church (I)

by ChinaSource Team

The pastor of an unregistered urban church talks about the importance of vision and his churchs vision to serve the community.

Feb 1, 2013

A Beijing Pastor Discusses the Vision of His Urban Church (II)

by ChinaSource Team

This is part 2 of a report on a conversation with a pastor of an unregistered urban church in which he talks about the importance of vision and his churchs vision to serve the community.

Jul 28, 2015

A Bishop Protests

by ChinaSource Team

As the cross demolition campaign in Zhejiang Province continues (despite earlier reports of an order to bring it to a close), Protestant and Catholic believers are beginning to push back. Last week a small group of Catholics staged a demonstration outside of the government offices in Wenzhou, calling on the government to halt the campaign. 

Jul 22, 2014

A Book on Drums and Worship

by ChinaSource Team

As the church in China continues to grow and mature, one of the issues that is coming to the fore is that of music. Until recently, much of the music played and sung in Chinese churches has been on the traditional side translated western hymns or indigenous folk-style music (popular in rural churches). Only in the past few years have we seen the emergence of what might be described as Christian Contemporary Music, popular, as one might expect, among the younger generation, particularly in the cities.

Aug 30, 2016

A Century-Old Church in Xingtai

by ChinaSource Team

In June China Christian Daily posted an article and photo gallery of 113-year-old church in Xingtai, Hebei Province. Originally built by Presbyterian missionaries from the US, it is now one of the main churches of the city.

Sep 6, 2016

A Chinese Christian Funeral for My Grandmother

by ChinaSource Team

A young Chinese Christian faces the challenge of honoring the faith of her Christian grandmother at her funeral in a rural community in China.

Apr 4

A Chinese Missionary to Nepal (Part 1)

by ChinaSource Team

What is it like for Chinese Christians to engage in cross-cultural missions outside of China? An increasing number of Chinese Christians have the opportunity to serve short-term abroad. Their experiences abroad offer valuable lessons for future indigenous mission efforts by the Chinese church. In this interview, translated from Territory, the author testifies to God's hand in the "twists and turns" of his life. His testimony gives a look into the heart and mind of a Chinese Christian and the spiritual renewal and transformation he undergoes while living, serving, and sharing the gospel abroad. This is part one.

Apr 18

A Chinese Missionary to Nepal (Part 2)

by ChinaSource Team

Earlier this month we posted the first part of an article from Territory about a Chinese missionary’s call to Nepal. The first part of the article discussed the author’s struggles amid social pressures in China. As the Chinese church increasingly looks outside of China’s borders to engage in ministry this article provides insight into what factored into one Chinese missionary’s call to foreign missions. This week in part two we see how his struggles influenced his call to ministry, as well as the lessons he learned about foreign missions and about himself while in Nepal.

Apr 16, 2013

A Christian Actress Comments on Marriage

by ChinaSource Team

A famous Christian actress in China shares her thoughts on marriage.

Dec 4, 2012

A Christian Band on Chinese TV

by ChinaSource Team

Reality shows, along the lines of "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" are popular on Chinese television. This article from the Gospel Times is about the appearance of a Christian band on the show "Chinese Dream," produced by Zhejiang Television.

Jun 21, 2016

A Christian Lawyer Discusses China’s New Domestic Violence Law

An Interview

by ChinaSource Team

In March China introduced its first-ever comprehensive domestic violence law. While celebrated as an important step toward the protection of women and children (and, occasionally men experiencing abuse) the law also raises a number of questions within the Christian community. Here lawyer and Christ-follower Cheng Pangzhi wrestles through these issues, ultimately offering hope for reconciliation of families and a call to make use of the new law in order to protect victims of violence.

Jun 30, 2015

A Church Celebrates 80 Years

by ChinaSource Team

On May 28, the Gospel Times reported on the 80th anniversary celebrations of a church in Yunnan Province. The church’s history is an interesting window into the denominational twists and turns (some might say confusion) that were often a part of church growth and development in China.

Jul 1, 2014

A Church for Hani and Yi People in Yunnan

by ChinaSource Team

While much is written about the explosive growth of the church among the Han (dominant ethnic group in China), less is written about the spread of Christianity among the minority peoples. The article translated below is about a county in Yunnan Province that is praying and raising money to build a church.

Sep 1, 2015

A Church for Lepers

by ChinaSource Team

Sometimes in the wave of negative reports coming out of China the stories of local believers living out the gospel in daily life get buried. This Gospel Times article shares the work of three churches who are actively seeking to serve a portion of society that continues to deal with intense rejection in this day and age—victims of leprosy. 

Oct 6, 2015

A Church Without Walls

by ChinaSource Team

The exhortation of a pastor in China to "Build a church without walls."

Aug 25, 2015

A Closer Look at the China Religion Survey

by ChinaSource Team

In July, People’s University released the results of a multi-year survey of the religious environment in China. Many news outlets, both inside China and outside, covered the story, choosing to emphasize the growing popularity of religion among young people in China as well as the growth of Islam. But the survey was much broader and revealed other interesting data points about religion in China. The mainland site Christian Times took a close look at the survey and highlighted some of the other findings that did not get much play, particularly in the western press. 

Apr 25, 2013

A Conversation About Music in the Church

by ChinaSource Team

A conversation with a worship leader in a Beijing house church regarding the issue of music in the church. 

Sep 13, 2016

A Conversation with a Rural Preacher (Part 1)

About the Need for Innovative Training

by ChinaSource Team

An editor from Christian Times recently had an extended conversation with a rural pastor (born in the 1980s) about his thoughts regarding the current situation of China’s rural church. They talked about the problems and potential, particularly as they relate to the need for training. What follows is a translation of the article. Due to the length of the article, we will publish it in two parts. This is part one.

Sep 20, 2016

A Conversation with a Rural Preacher (Part 2)

About the Need for Innovative Training

by ChinaSource Team

Last week we posted the first part of an interview with a rural pastor that was published on the mainland site Christian Times. The topic of the conversation was models for training in rural churches. This week we post the rest of the interview.

Jul 5, 2013

A Discussion of Seminary Education in China

by ChinaSource Team

A reporter interviews leaders from various seminaries and Bible schools throughout Mainland China (and Hong Kong and Taiwan) for their perspectives on the issues related to seminary education in China.

Jul 14, 2015

A Discussion of the Divorce Rate

by ChinaSource Team

On July 8, Global Times, an English language newspaper in China published an editorial in response to statistics recently released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on the divorce rate in China. It was only one of numerous editorials and comment pieces examining divorce in China. The Christian Times took a look at some of the commentary, and offered their own opinion. It's an interesting look at a difficult problem that we don't often hear about, as well as a reminder to pray for God to strengthen marriages in China. 

Sep 25, 2012

A Domestic Media Report on Jeremy Lin's Faith

by ChinaSource Team

In the past year, Chinese NBA fans have been gripped by "Linsanity," as Chinese-American star Jeremy Lin has taken his place in the NBA firmament. He has close to 3 million "followers" on his Weibo account (@JeremyLin). Not surprisingly, he has been especially popular among Chinese Christians because he is outspoken about his faith in Christ.

Jun 19

Affluenza: A Documentary on Urban Consumerism

by ChinaSource Team

A look at the affects of affluence on American society with a view to better understanding what is happening in China today.

May 26, 2015

A Foolish Way to Build the Church

by ChinaSource Team

For this post, we have translated a sermon given by Pastor Wang Yi, of Early Rain Reformed Church, one of the prominent house churches in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. In it, Pastor Wang reflects on what it means to build a church. 

May 2

A Gospel Choir in China, Part 1

by ChinaSource Team

An interview with Huang Bo and members of the Baoti Cornerstone Choir.

May 9

A Gospel Choir in China, Part 2

by ChinaSource Team

Last week we posted the first part of an article from Territory about the Baoti Cornerstone Choir. The first part of the article interviewed the choir’s director, Huang Bo about his conversion to Christianity and subsequent call to start a gospel choir in Xiamen. This week in part two we see how Huang has led members of the team to grow both in their performance skills and in their faith.

Jul 17, 2013

A "Gospel Team" at West Lake

by ChinaSource Team

Evangelism is something that is increasingly emphasized in Chinese churches, both official and unofficial. Christians are being encouraged by their pastors and by one another to look for creative ways to share the gospel with those around them, whether at home, in the work place, or in society.

Apr 25

A Hundred-Year-Old Hospital in Jiujiang

by ChinaSource Team

Many hospitals in Chinese cities, particularly along the coasts or along the Yangtze River, were originally founded by western missionaries. After the missionaries left in the 1950s the hospitals were nationalized and, in many cases, became the leading hospitals in the community. They serve as important and interesting legacies of the work of the missionaries. Recently the Gospel Times published an article about one such hospital in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, founded more than 100 years ago by Methodist Episcopal missionaries.

Mar 20

A Journey of Opportunity

Following God’s Direction in China

An Infographic

by ChinaSource Team

An infographic for understanding the needs and perspectives of the 1,200 Chinese church leaders voiced in the 2016 survey of the China Gospel Research Alliance.

Sep 22, 2015

A Life that Belongs in Heaven

by ChinaSource Team

One issue for younger Christians in China is where to turn for good teaching on issues related to relationships and marriage. Because there are fewer Christians in the generation that preceded them, there are few role models. Therefore, the need for resources and training for the Chinese church in this area is great.

One man who is speaking to this need is Yuan Datong (Andrew Yuan), a Christian marriage counselor who conducts marriage workshops in churches all over the country. He has also authored a number of books on the subject, including Marriage: A Covenant for Life.

Jul 20, 2012

A Marriage Testimony

by ChinaSource Team

This is from the testimony section of the website for Zion Church in Beijing. It is the story of Gods grace in a difficult marriage. 

 
Jul 5, 2016

A Monument to a Swedish Missionary

by ChinaSource Team

The mainland site Gospel Times recently reported on the discovery of a stone monument commemorating the life of a Swedish missionary named Anna Karlsson.

Nov 15, 2016

An “American Granny” on Chinese TV

by ChinaSource Team

Eunice Moe Brock was born in 1917 in Hebei Province; her parents were American missionaries. She later spent her early years in Liaocheng, Shandong Province. She left in the 1930s but returned to Liaocheng in the 1990s to the land that she loved. She lived in Liaocheng until she died in 2013. Shortly before she passed away, CCTV aired a story about her on the nightly news broadcast. 

The public WeChat account called Window of Christ’s Grace (基督恩典之窗) recently posted about a story about the broadcast and how inspiring it was to see a story about a Christian on national television. The writer reflects on the importance of Christians living lives that bring honor to God. 

Jun 4, 2013

An Anti-Abortion PSA and a Call for the Church to Repent

by ChinaSource Team

The following article from the mainland site Gospel Times tells of an anti-abortion public service announcement that was posted online as well as played on Bus-TV in Chengdu, urging people to avoid having abortions on International Children's Day (June 1), and of other anti-abortion activities in Changchun, Jilin.

Jan 23, 2015

A New "Quarterly" and a New Website

by ChinaSource Team

The winter issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly has just been published. In this issue we explore the spiritual journey of Chinese people who are finding Christ and growing in him through the ministry of the Catholic Church in China. Brent Fulton, editor of the Quarterly, writes in his introduction to “A Window into Catholicism in Today’s China:”

May 31, 2013

An Interview with a "Pastor Mom" in Beijing

by ChinaSource Team

An intereview with a woman pastor of a Three-Self Church in Beijing about the unique challenges of balancing here ministry with being a mother. 

Sep 10, 2012

An Interview with Pastor Yuan Zhi-ming

by ChinaSource Team

Last week the New York Review of Books blog published an interview of American-based Chinese pastor Yuan Zhi-ming conducted by journalist Ian Johnson. In the 1980's Yuan Zhi-ming was a documentary film-maker in China. Because of his involvement in the 1989 protest movement, he was forced to flee China, eventually ending up in the United States. He became a Christian in 1992, and started the China Soul for Christ Foundation, which produced the documentary The Cross: Jesus in China.

Mar 19, 2013

Another Baby Slaughtered; Where is God?

by ChinaSource Team

A Chinese Christian writes in response to the kidnapping and killing of an infant in China.