Resources on Serving

Jan 6

The Challenges of Localization (5)

Pride

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.

Dec 30, 2016

2016: Not “Business as Usual”

by Brent Fulton

In his recent post, “The Challenges of Localization,” Swells in the Middle Kingdom says developments this year in China are pushing organizations like his own to hasten the process of turning their work over to local believers.

Dec 28, 2016

The Challenges of Localization (4)

Money

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

From the series The Challenges of Localization

This is the fourth 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.

Dec 26, 2016

Does a Story Go with This?

by Barbara Kindschi

Celebrating Christmas as an English teacher in China was the gift of a lifetime. 

Dec 19, 2016

These Thirty Days

by Rev. Mark

In order to experience his Muslim friends' Ramadan period, Rev. Mark chose to observe this Muslim holy month. He shares some of his experiences during that month and the lessons God taught him. He finds similarities between his experiences and those faced by Christian workers who cross cultures to share the gospel.

Dec 19, 2016

The Challenges of Localization (3)

Authority

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

From the series The Challenges of Localization

This is the third 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.

Dec 14, 2016

The Challenges of Localization (2)

Culture

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

From the series The Challenges of Localization

This is the second 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.

Dec 12, 2016

3 Questions: Hannah Lau

by Joann Pittman

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Hannah Lau, a non-profit marketing consultant and the author of Wherever You Go: A Conversation about Life, Faith, and Courage

Dec 9, 2016

The Challenges of Localization

Why Localize Now?

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

From the series The Challenges of Localization

This is the first 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.

Dec 2, 2016

Changing Ministry in the New Normal

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

It had been an engaging but exhausting two days. Pastors and ministry leaders from all across China had gathered with a smaller number of expatriate China workers to reflect together on some of the key trends in the mainland Chinese church. The meeting was conducted almost entirely in Chinese, and the range of topics addressed was dizzying, but also encouraging: indigenous mission and sending agencies, social engagement, theological education, Christian schooling, global partnership—in all these areas interest is high and progress encouraging. 

Nov 21, 2016

Some Things Don't Change

by Joann Pittman

Fifteen years ago, a Chinese writer who goes by the name of Huo Shui, wrote an article for the ChinaSource Quarterly called "Keys to Effectiveness in an Ever-Changing China." While China has continued to change, the things he talked about have stood the test of time. Or, as a friend of mine used to say, “things are the same, only more so.”

Nov 18, 2016

7 Recommendations before Saying “Zaijian” to China

by Mark Wickersham

Saying goodbye to China and hello to a new culture and home—and doing it well.

Nov 11, 2016

What Every Expatriate Christian Serving in China Should Read

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

Yes, those are bold words, but if you are newly arrived in China, have been here for decades, or are just beginning preparations to head someday to China, you need to read Mabel Williamson’s Have We No Rights?

Nov 2, 2016

4 Drivers of Change for Foreign Workers in China

by Brent Fulton

A look at the underlying "drivers" that are affecting ministry opportunities and personnel in China.

Sep 14, 2016

The Ordinary in the Midst of the Extraordinary

by Brent Fulton

David Joannes is a self-proclaimed “missionary,” trailblazer, and ragamuffin whose newly released memoir, The Space Between Memories, chronicles twenty years of pioneering work among the minorities of Southwest China.

Sep 9, 2016

The Value of Interdependence

by Christine Novak

First, let me confess that I am not an expert on China, nor have I lived in China. My exposure consists of supporting New Song’s in-country program director while working remotely from the US. Twice a year for 6-8 weeks at a time I travel to China for direct interface with those Chinese nationals who are trained and equipped to implement self-worth development curriculum. Through these committed community leaders New Song has impacted children and youth across China with what I believe is a culturally relevant and biblically based message of the intrinsic value of every individual. As a Westerner, my knowledge of China is shaped by this sliver of a window into Chinese culture and the church in China. It is more exposure than the average Westerner but not as much as some of you who read this blog.

Sep 2, 2016

One Last Summer Reading Recommendation

by Amy Young

It’s September and the autumn semester has started for most students, but before the leaves start to turn and the temperature plunges, we have one more summer reading book recommendation for you.

Aug 5, 2016

The Day China Changed Me

by Steve Schirmer

It was June 2000. I was on my first trip to China. In fact, it was my first time to leave the United States. My team and I spent six weeks meeting students, sharing the gospel, and helping in other ways.

Jul 29, 2016

"Waffle House" of Northwest China

by Tabor Laughlin

Come visit me at the “Waffle House” of northwest China!

Jun 15, 2016

7 Trends for Foreign Christians in China

by Brent Fulton

The traditional roles of foreign Christians in China are changing. 

Jun 8, 2016

On the China Bookshelf

by Brent Fulton

What books should be on your China bookshelf?

Apr 1, 2016

Serving Well Where You Don't Belong

by Joann Pittman

Today we are launching our first-ever online training course titled "Serving Well in China" for people working in China or preparing to work in China.

Mar 31, 2016

5 Keys for Adapting and Thriving in Chinese Cultural Settings

A ChinaSource Podcast

Brent Fulton, president of ChinaSource, talks with Joann Pittman, senior vice president of ChinaSource, and Amy Young, author of Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service about five essential keys for adjusting well to the cultural challanges of China. They also introduce ChinaSource Institute and its first on-line course "China: Serving Well Where You Don't Belong," taught by Joann and Amy. 

Mar 17, 2016

Serving Well in China

A Cultural Framework for Serving in China

by Joann Pittman and Amy Young

This course is less about a set of answers and more about presenting a framework with which to process the complexities of China. When you encounter confusing situations or cultural differences, what you learn here will help you reconcile them with your cultural background and expectations.

Mar 11, 2016

Dancing with Elephants

by Lisa Nagle

Ministry partnerships are complex and challenging. Throw in the cross-cultural dimension and one is certain to encounter some form of conflict. As Westerners, our first reaction is to confront and resolve. Unfortunately, our swift and direct action may leave our Chinese colleagues reeling from the confrontation and feeling hurt.

Mar 4, 2016

Patience Needed

by G. Wright Doyle

As I have reflected on effective methods for reaching Chinese with the gospel, it seems that one theme keeps recurring: the need for patience. Without patience, coupled with perseverance, we are not likely to have a lasting impact on our Chinese friends or upon their society. 

Jan 27, 2016

Partnering with Churches in China

Toward a New Paradigm

by Brent Fulton

How can churches outside China that seek to make a meaningful contribution to the church in China continue to serve effectively? Here are some initial suggestions.

Jan 13, 2016

Looming Transitions

The Backstory and the Benefits

by Amy Young

Preparing to go overseas or getting ready to return to your passport country? This book is for you.

Dec 30, 2015

4 Reasons to Consider Joining a Sending Agency, Part 2

And 3 Reasons Not to

by Carrie Smith

More on the pros and cons of being part of a sending organization.

Dec 23, 2015

4 Reasons to Consider Joining a Sending Agency

And 3 Reasons Not to

by Carrie Smith

A look at the pros and cons of being part of a sending organization.

Dec 11, 2015

After Four Years Away

The Joys and Challenges of Re-entering China

by Tim Brookings

In addition to the superficial, easy-to-spot changes in China, there are also subtle changes that may affect serving in China in significant ways.

Nov 16, 2015

3 Questions: Compiler of the Prayer Calendar

“Intercessors for China”

by Joann Pittman

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource "3 Questions" interview with the compiler of the Intercessors for China prayer calendar.

Oct 5, 2015

China Expert? Far from it!

by Joann Pittman

Anyone who comes to you claiming to be a "China expert" is either deluded (and thus to be pitied), lying (and thus suspect), or out to separate you from your money (and thus to be avoided).

Oct 2, 2015

How Important Is Education for Chinese Serving Cross-culturally?

by Tabor Laughlin

In recent years Chinese cross-cultural workers have started to be sent out to other countries but there has not been a great amount of effectiveness in their work. One reason for their lack of effectiveness is that many who want to serve cross-culturally do not have formal education, often having not gone to high school, much less to college.

Sep 22, 2015

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 17, No. 3

by ChinaSource Team

Items that require your intercession.

Sep 22, 2015

Encouragement and Advice from our Chinese Colleagues

by Suzanne

An anonymous, small-scale study done by an agency among its Chinese coworkers provides insight into benefits foreign workers bring to their workplace or team as well as advice for improving relationships with their team members and friends.

Sep 22, 2015

Changing China, Changing Roles, Unchanging Commission

Foreigners in China Today

by G. Wright Doyle

The changes in China are both positive and negative, and they require us to rethink the kinds of foreign Christians who are still needed in that country. Some kinds of foreigners are not needed while there is a great need for another kind—those who exemplify biblical values and priorities in all aspects of their lives. Not only can they help strengthen the testimony of Chinese believers and those who shepherd them, they can also act as evangelists.

Sep 22, 2015

Understanding and Engaging with the Post-Eighties Generation

In China, the “post-eighties” denotes those who are were generally born during the 1980s. They are the earliest generation of those who became known in the West as the “Little Emperors” of China. Typically, they were raised in a family environment where all adults focused their attention on their only heir. R and J review the family relationships, psychological characteristics, and spokespersons for this generation. They then give suggestions for Christian expatriates working with this group.

Sep 22, 2015

Some Things Change, Some Are Timeless

by Bill Job

The author shares how his worldview has changed over the decades and how his relationships with others have changed as a result of this. As China continues to develop and grow, its need for foreign interaction will change. The deepest benefit foreign believers can bring is the benefit of a life that flows from God through Jesus; however, those whom China invites to come and stay will change according to the country’s felt needs.

Aug 24, 2015

Learning from a Bad Sermon

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

The sermon was "not good," or at least that was my impression. 

Jul 17, 2015

Towards a Chinese Hospitality

by Carrie Smith

A family learns new ways to show hospitality and build relationships in China.

Jul 10, 2015

Learning is a Treasure

My First Visit to China

by Jeffrey Robertson

A first time traveler to China shares what he learned.

Jun 1, 2015

Just One Book

by Joann Pittman

Must-read books for those who want to serve in China.

May 27, 2015

How Can We Better Prepare People for the Field?

An Interview with Lauren Pinkston

by Amy Young

An interview with Lauren Pinkston on preparing people for cross-cultural work. 

May 20, 2015

How Do You Measure Success?

by Brent Fulton

Faith-based organizations have, for too long, adopted a secular business model for gauging their effectiveness. This is the conclusion of Gary Hoag, Scott Rodin and Wesley Wilmer in their short but provocative book, The Choice.

May 4, 2015

Visas for “Short Term Tasks”

by Joann Pittman

New visa regulations and how they might affect you on your next trip to China.

Apr 17, 2015

Is Compassion Conditional?

by Joann Pittman

One of the difficult realities of life in China (or any other developing country) is the daily encounter with beggars.