Steve Z.

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


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?

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Four Decades of Church Growth in China

Looking beyond the numbers to understand the factors that contributed to the unprecedented growth of the church in China.

Supporting Article

The Expectations of the Chinese Church

China’s churches desire partnerships with overseas entities. However, as the church has become increasingly urban, the nature of those partnerships must change in response to the changes occurring in society and thus, in the church. Overseas organizations must understand these changes and consider carefully how they can best partner with the church in China.