Resistance to Chinese Missionary Sending and Strategies to Defuse Resistance
Facilitating Sustainable Chinese Missionary Sending in the Present Context
The Chinese church passionately desires participation in missionary sending. In this article, several of the key sources of resistance to Chinese missionary sending are surveyed and strategies to defuse this resistance are considered.
When the Pillar Moves: Transition and Providential Grace
Ministry transitions occur for a variety of reasons, but God is faithful and directs the paths of each person and family.
Debriefing before the Final Goodbye
The author provides debriefing questions that can assist in evaluating life in China and aid in healthy transitions.
Of Returns and Runways
The author shares the experiences of his family and God’s provisions after leaving China and returning to the United States.
Transitions Made Easier
From over 20 years of experience living in Asia, Amy Young has written a handbook to assist cross-cultural workers as they make transitions in a godly manner.
The Church’s Role with Returnees from China
Suggestions are given for practical ways in which churches can help ease the transition of cross-cultural workers returning from China to their home country.
Kids in Transition
An experienced, cross-cultural worker shares important factors that helped his children make a positive transition from Chinese to US culture.
Opportunities and Challenges When Foreign Workers Leave China
A Chinese author reflects on the positives and negatives that leaders, seminaries, and churches face when cross-cultural workers leave the country.
Resources to Help You with Transitions
Information about retreats, seminars, debriefings, and books to help both you and your family with transitions.
9 Best Practices for a Chinese Missionary Sending Organization
Strategies to Assist with Chinese Missionary Sustainability
The Chinese church passionately desires participation in missionary sending. Through a survey of the mission sending literature and field research with Chinese missionaries, nine best practices for Chinese mission sending are proposed that may facilitate long-term Chinese missionary sustainability.
Toward the Development of Mission-Sending Organization in China
Building the Chinese Missionary Sending Infrastructure
The Chinese church passionately desires participation in missionary sending. Mission sending organization musters the intentionality needed to sustain long-term missionary sending. In this article, I present a three pronged approach to Chinese mission sending organization development.
Why Believers Need to Understand Chinese Church History
We must know the past to understand the present. For the most part, Chinese Christians do not understand Chinese church history; therefore, they often have no means to properly respond to changes in society. A look back at Chinese church history shows us that many of the difficulties faced by today’s Chinese church have similarities to those that have confronted the church over the years. Not only can history suggest appropriate ways to respond to today’s difficulties, it can help us discern God’s purposes in the present.
Traditional Chinese Views of History and Contemporary Chinese Christianity
Following a brief review of the ways Chinese have viewed their history over the centuries, the author turns to the consideration of how today’s PRC citizens view their history. All Chinese views of history have included “history” that is promoted nationally and directly serves the interests of the state. This approved narrative means that for most Chinese there is a nation-wide, generally agreed upon social narrative that may well be the only one he or she knows. The author then offers four items for the foreigner to remember when considering Chinese history or Chinese Christian history.
Fragmented and Complacent
The Chinese Church that Lacks Historical Consciousness
The Chinese church’s lack of historical consciousness is longstanding. While the secular world has increased its understanding of history in many areas, the church has lagged behind. Only recently has research into church history begun. As it becomes known, the church needs to recognize that history has practical applications and must learn how to apply these. When this does not happen, there are negative effects, and the author discusses some of these.
Women in China’s Protestant Church and Missions
In both church and mission in China, women make up the majority of workers; however, their contributions and circumstances can sometimes be overlooked. The author looks at how God has used women of bygone days to build his church in China. She discusses three examples of women as well as a trio of women who provided leadership and greatly impacted the development of China’s Protestant faith. She also provides a bibliography for those interested in further study of this topic.
Ecclesiology, History, and the Identity of the Chinese Church
A Book Review
Using a historical approach, this book looks at the early stages of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and Chinese Protestant Christians’ responses to changing church-state relations from 1949-1958. The author proposes that to understand the conflicts between the early stages of TSPM and the Chinese church leaders, theology and Christian identity are significant factors. This work provides valuable insights to keep in mind while studying the history of Chinese Christianity.