Changing the Rules of the Game
China’s New Era and New Media
The author explores the opportunities as well as negative effects brought by increased freedom of speech allowed in China in recent years. He then discusses why communication ethics and public theology need attention. Finally, he addresses the more recent, stringent regulations and overall tightening of freedom of expression and what is being done to respond to these changes.
New Media, New Direction
What happens when the regulations increase, and the darkness seems to grow? Jerry An of ReFrame Ministries reflects on the changes God has brought in the past year.
Rethinking Church in Today’s World
A continuing conversation on the use of digital tools and trends in how the church gathers for worship and teaching and how they serve their communities.
New Media and the Church
How WeChat Changes the Dynamics between the Registered Church and Other Believers
Chinese Christians’ views of digital media, especially WeChat, are discussed, including the changes brought about by the coronavirus. The authors continue by looking at the use of digital media in the future, seeing the church as a shaper, not just a userin this digital age.
Beyond Courageous Leadership and Servant Leadership
What Does Leadership Failure in the West Teach the Chinese Church?
The author looks at positive and negative results of both courageous and servant leadership. From Willow Creek Community Church and the moral failure of its pastor, he draws out lessons to be learned for China’s churches.
Urban Public Space and New Media Ministry
After defining “new media” and what it encompasses, An looks at the various ways the church in China views it, what it means for the church, and how it can affect the church. He then gives some thoughts on how the church should deal with it—not only the challenges it brings, but how it can be used positively.