Steve Z.

Steve Z. (pseudonym) is a pastor, writer, researcher, and specialist on church development.

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Reflections on the Pew Report

In recent years, the Chinese government has tightly controlled the dissemination of key societal information while treating grassroots Christianity like a political opponent. This situation has left independent Christian researchers in a predicament as they struggle to access the necessary research materials while fearing unintentionally harming Chinese Christians, particularly well-known independent scholars.

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The Holy Spirit at Work in China’s Churches

Reflections on the 2023 Summer CSQ

Entrusting the development of Christianity in China entirely to Almighty God and following his will alone in leading Chinese Christians in the twenty-first century is undoubtedly the most important path to experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit.


A Survey of the Situation of Han Christian Churches and Christian Groups in Mainland China


The ten-part blog series, "God at Work: How the Church Grows in China," was based on church growth research done by Steve Z. This is the research paper, in both Chinese and English.

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5 Thoughts on How the Church Grows

What can we learn so far from this research?

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Why Chinese Become Christians

3 Additional Factors

Who and what most influenced Chinese believers to follow Christ?

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Demographics Beyond Numbers (2)

This set of demographics helps us understand the spiritual backgrounds of believers in China and their reasons for believing.

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Demographics Beyond Numbers

This first set of demographics helps us see who is in the churches we visited and who is responding to the survey.

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Seeking to Understand Church Growth in China

A survey to better understand fundamental questions about the state of the church and church members in today’s China.

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Unanswered Questions

We know the church in China has grown, but what has influenced individuals to place their trust in Christ?

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National Religion Surveys of China

What do two nationwide studies tell us about the growth of the church in China?