Recently Added Chinese Church Voices

Chinese Church Voices—translations enabling the English-speaking community outside of China to listen in on conversations taking place within China’s online Christian community. Drawing from a variety of sources representing both the registered and unregistered Chinese churches, clergy and laity, we translate sermons, articles, blog posts, and micro-blogs that are written by Christians in China. 

The content we translate covers a wide spectrum of theological perspectives. The views represented are entirely those of the original author. Inclusion in Chinese Church Voices does not imply or equal an endorsement by ChinaSource


Nov 8, 2016

The Prosperity Gospel in China

by ChinaSource Team

As China has become more prosperous, it has also become more open to outside influences. This is true of the church as well. In recent years prosperity theology has been gaining influence, mainly through the translated books and resources of Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen. In this article, originally published in the Gospel Times, the author (a pastor) reflects on why this teaching is attractive to many in China.

Nov 1, 2016

What Does It Mean to Be a Pastor?

by ChinaSource Team

An article from the Gospel Times in which a pastor reflects on what it means to be a pastor, particularly in a society that knows and understands little about the profession.

Oct 25, 2016

“Mission China 2030” in Korea

by ChinaSource Team

The mainland site China Christian Daily recently reported on the Mission China 2030 conference held in Jeju, Korea last month. It is part of a movement in the Chinese church to send 20,000 missionaries out from China by the year 2030. 

Oct 18, 2016

Healing the River of Love

by ChinaSource Team

If you’ve lived in China at all during the past 10 or so years you’ve probably encountered the phrases “I believe in me,” and “I just need to be myself” fairly often. In fact, at times these phrases seem to be the mantra of the Chinese millennial. The phrases are often thrown out as the solution to friends who don’t understand you, trials you’re facing, and personal struggles with historical issues in your past. 

In this article, originally published in Jingjie, author Wang Ming Li examines the very public and famous journey of singer Annie Yi, who ultimately decided that the path to overcoming rejection by her father was to “just be myself.” But is this really a panacea for our life problems? How do we as Christians respond to significant family of origin wounds? Wang first examines Annie’s journey, then shares her own personal experience and reflections.

Oct 11, 2016

Remembering Them Every May Fourth

by ChinaSource Team

Like many things in China, history remains firmly under the control of the Party. Only approved topics are allowed to be researched and only approved interpretations are allowed to be taught. The narrative is tightly controlled. 

Very little is taught about the history of Christianity in China, and when it is touched on, it is done so in a negative light. Western missionaries have typically been portrayed as being part of the vanguard of imperialism. Less is known about some of the positive things early missionaries were engaged in. 

In recent years, however, a small space has begun to open up for the exploration of Chinese church history, as many educated Christians seek to understand the historical roots of their faith. 

Oct 4, 2016

The Oldest Church in Wuhan

by ChinaSource Team

Many of the church structures in China were originally built by missionaries in the 1800s and early 1900s. Some are tucked away in old neighborhoods; others surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers or towering apartment blocks. All of them have interesting stories—like the story of Chongzhen Church of Wuchang.

Sep 27, 2016

Leaving Parents

by ChinaSource Team

In a culture that values filial piety, how do Christian couples live out the Biblical teaching that “a man shall leave his father and his mother.” Does it simply refer to geographical leaving, or does it also encompass emotional and psychological leaving? It is a common and difficult question that many Christians face. In the following translated article, originally published on the public WeChat account of Green Olive Books, the authors put forth their understanding of what this means in a Chinese context, arguing that “leaving” is a prerequisite to a happy marriage.

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.

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 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.