Resources from 2017


Jan 20

Giving Up Pork and Other Cross-Cultural Challenges

by Si Shi (四石)

The church in China is in a period of incredible growth. Concurrent with this exponential numerical growth, Chinese Christians have developed a passionate interest in taking the gospel to parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe where relatively few Christians live scattered among two billion non-Christian people. 

Jan 19

ZGBriefs | January 19, 2017

by Joann Pittman

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Have you rented a boyfriend for the Spring Festival? (January 18, 2017, China Daily)
The price of renting a boyfriend to take home with you is surging to as high as 1,500 yuan ($219) a day as Spring Festival approaches, reported on Wednesday. Some single women, who are pressured by their parents to marry, choose to rent a boyfriend for home to soften or dispel parents' dissatisfaction with their singledom. Catering to the market, men are advertising their availability at higher prices on social networking platforms.

Jan 19

Recent Trends Among Chinese Missionaries Toward Contextualization

The Maturing of a Mission Sending Movement

by GJ and Si Shi (四石)

From the series Missions from China—A Maturing Movement

The Chinese church has a growing passion to participate in missionary sending to unreached peoples. Nevertheless, previous studies have highlighted a lack of cultural awareness and linguistic ability among Chinese missionaries hindering missionary effectiveness. I recently conducted interviews with Chinese missionaries. Data from these interviews suggest that Chinese missionaries are being better trained and becoming increasingly adept at culturally contextualizing the gospel message. This kind of forward progress should be strongly encouraged.

Jan 18

The Authors in Our Midst

by ChinaSource Team

As the new year kicks off we’d like to suggest some additions to your 2017 reading list. Last year members of our team along with several of ChinaSource’s regular contributors were busy with book projects. Here we share some of the fruits of their labors. Each of the books presents a different perspective on China. Together they help fill out the very dynamic picture of what God is doing in China today.

Jan 18

Professional Supervisory Unit or Partner—Which Is Right for You?

by Joann Pittman

The new Foreign NGO Law requires approval from a “Professional Supervisory Unit” or “Chinese Partner” in order to conduct activities in China. So what's the difference between them?

Jan 17

Responding to the Smog (Part 1)

by ChinaSource Team

As China moved from 2016 into 2017, a wave of heavy pollution blanketed the Northeast for over a week. The persistent smog not only made headlines abroad, but also generated much online conversation. Although many Chinese have learned to cope with or weather regular pollution, these unprecedented levels of smog caused many to question more seriously what effects the pollution has on their lives. How have some Chinese Christians responded? The journal Territory put together several reflections from Christians on varying contrasting themes related to pollution.

Jan 16

New Wineskins for Cross-Cultural Workers from China

by Brent Fulton

In the latest issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, two Christians in China offer their thoughts on the future of Chinese mission sending structures.

Jan 13

China’s Church Bells: The Window in the Steeple

by Brent Fulton

As Joann Pittman skillfully conveys in her new book, The Bells are Not Silent, the church bells of China provide a valuable—and until now, largely neglected—window into the life of China’s church.

Jan 12

ZGBriefs | January 12, 2017

by Joann Pittman

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China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis (January 4, 2017, Bloomberg)
The outlines of China’s demographic challenge are well-known: By 2050 almost 27 percent of the population will be 65 or older, up from around 10 percent in 2015, according to projections by the United Nations and the China Research Center on Aging. Less recognized is that the crisis will hit hardest in villages like Shangxule, which are suffering the twin effects of China’s one-child policy and decades of migration to the cities.

Jan 11

Supporting China’s Indigenous Missions Movement

by Brent Fulton

As the sending of cross-cultural workers from China gains momentum, many international sending organizations see China as a rich source of potential new workers for the harvest.

Jan 10

Top 10 Christian News Stories in China in 2016

by ChinaSource Team

China Christian Daily recently posted a list of the most popular news stories from the China Christian Times. Some may be surprising.

Jan 9

The Foreign NGO Law: An Infographic

by Joann Pittman

On Sunday, January 1 China’s new law governing foreign NGOs in China went into effect. The good folks at China Development Brief have put together a helpful infographic covering the basic information about the law. 

Jan 9

The Bells Are Not Silent

Stories of Church Bells in China

by Joann Pittman

When Joann discovered a 150-year-old American bell hanging in a church in southwest China she knew there was a story to tell. Who had decided to ship it? How had it been transported? How had it survived the political turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s? She also knew that if there was one bell there must be others. Over the course of eight months she traveled around China looking for old church bells, finding ones from the United France, Germany, Russia, and the United States. This book is a collection of stories about those bells. But more importantly, they are stories of God’s faithfulness to his church in China.

Jan 6

The Challenges of Localization (5)


by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

From the series The Challenges of Localization

This is the fifth in a five-part series on localization of China ministry. Each essay centers on a different issue that the author has encountered as his organization goes through the process of handing over key leadership to local believers. The challenges are real, and the process is ongoing, meaning that some essays contain as many questions as answers.

Jan 5

ZGBriefs | January 5, 2017

by Joann Pittman

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Inside China's 'mosquito factory' fighting Zika and dengue (December 28, 2017, CNN)
Zhiyong Xi is a man on a mission. He wants to rid China -- and potentially the world -- of mosquitoes, specifically the ones that carry devastating diseases like Zika and dengue. And he's doing it in the classic style of good versus evil. "We're building good mosquitoes that can help us fight the bad ones," the entomologist said in his 3,500-square-foot laboratory in Guangzhou, China.

Jan 4

China’s Church at the Threshold

by Brent Fulton

Over the course of 2016, as I have had the opportunity to participate in various gatherings of Chinese Christians, I have heard two conversations going on simultaneously.

Jan 3

Chinese Church Voices—Top Ten Posts of 2016

by ChinaSource Team

Are you wondering which posts you and your fellow readers enjoyed the most in 2016? Look no further; here is the list!

Jan 2

Top 10 Posts of 2016

by Joann Pittman

It’s time for our annual look back at the most popular posts on our From the West Courtyard blog in 2016. Here is what you, our readers, particularly liked this past year: