Resources by Brent Fulton
Brent Fulton is the president of ChinaSource and the editor of the ChinaSource Quarterly.
Prior to assuming his current position, he served from 1995 to 2000 as the managing director of the Institute for Chinese Studies at Wheaton College. From 1987 to 1995 he served as founding US director of China Ministries International, and from 1985 to 1986 as the English publications editor for the Chinese Church Research Center in Hong Kong.
Dr. Fulton holds MA and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Southern California and a BA in radio-TV-film from Messiah College.
An avid China watcher, Dr. Fulton has written and taught extensively on the church in China and on Chinese social and political phenomena. He is the author of China's Urban Christians: A Light That Cannot Be Hidden and co-authored China's Next Generation: New China, New Church, New World with Luis Bush.
Dr. Fulton and his wife, Jasmine, divide their time between southern California and Asia.
Where is China Going?
Statistics released by a Beijing think tank in January reveal that emigration from China is at its highest level ever, with 9.34 million leaving the Mainland in 2013. The "immigration deficit," or difference between those immigrating to China and those leaving, has risen 129 percent since 1990, from...
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "International Involvement in China" (CS Quarterly, 2005 Autumn).
Who Speaks for the Church in China?
Given the relatively opaque nature of China's church, international organizations have often found it difficult to know where to connect. Chinese representation at several high-profile international conferences in recent years has, in some ways, been a welcome breakthrough. These events have ostensibly helped to bring together a wide spectrum of...
Why China Celebrates Christmas
So here I am, eggnog latte in hand, seated in one of the ubiquitous branches of an internationally branded coffee chain. The city is not important. This could be Hong Kong or Beijing, New York or London. The festive holiday decor would be the same anywhere, along with the exhortations...
Why China Needs Two
The big news out of China last week was, of course, the Party’s decision to alter its longstanding family planning policy.
Why Crosses? Why Zhejiang?
The massive campaign against church crosses in China’s Zhejiang province is in the news again with the release this month of the US State Department’s 2015 Report on International Religious Freedom.
Why Divorce Is on the Rise in China
According to The Economist, China is "among the cheapest and easiest places to get a divorce." What are the factors behind China's increasing divorce rate?
Why Stewardship Matters for China
Chinas economic growth is unprecedented in recent history, and the effects have been jarring. Having been involved with China long enough to remember when ordinary citizens needed ration cards to purchase basic necessities, I can also recall my shock and surprise when I first saw advertisements for a new weight...
Will China Become Generous?
According to China Daily, one out of every thousand people in China is a multimillionaire. Yet China’s newfound wealth does not yet appear to be translating into greater generosity. In a worldwide survey, the London-based Charities Aid Foundation ranked China last among 140 countries. Could that change?
Will China’s New Foreign NGO Law Affect Me?
If you’re with a non-profit organization that has activities in China, the new law applies to you, regardless of whether you are actually located in China.
Worship in China
Why Place Matters
The destruction of churches and widespread pulling down of crosses in Zhejiang province during the past year have served to highlight the dilemma facing China’s Christians, whose numerical growth has, for the past several decades, outstripped the availability of suitable venues for worship.
Xi’s “New Normal” and the Chinese Church
Is China’s church facing a nationwide crackdown?
China and the Global Church
傅邦宁 本期期刊的文章主要是从去年在中国大陆的基督教领袖和在该地区的几十个国际组织的代表的聚会中采集。这些领袖们分享他们对中国教会的将来的愿景，与会者一起讨论在中国境内和境外的基督徒如何能在未来的日子里一起服侍。 从至少三个角度，中国的教会于未来的几十年里必将在全球的基督教扮演重要的角色。 光从数字上看，中国在不久的将来极有可能拥有世界上最集中的基督徒群体以及最集中的未得之民。假设在未来国际的教会和中国的官方和非官方教会之间的互动可以增加，中国的基督徒可能被期望在全球的基督的身体中有一个显著的声音。同时，在世界各地致力于让所有人均可以认识基督的信徒将继续专注于中国这主要的宣教工场。 中国不断增长的国际影响力 - 经济的，政治的，外交的，文化的 – 将在所有这些具影响力的领域中反映中国领导人的优先次序。国际社会将要越来越设法顺应"中国人的做事方式。" 但是，如果福音继续成为中国更大的主流，在这些领域的基督徒将有机会为这全球性的对话带来一套新的价值观。此外，他们在其他国家的对口可以带领建立以基督为中心的进路去面对这世界在本世纪的紧迫问题的方向。 最后，当在中国的基督徒到其他国家旅行变得越来越普遍，并且当他们对超越中国的国界的传福音的愿景渐渐成熟，新一波的基督的使者将有可能在中国出现。其中一些刚刚起步的跨文化事工的培训和差送的努力已被确认为对那些被差送的及那些差送的均是令人失望的，显示这个运动将不会在一夜间发展起来。在中国出现一个完全成熟的当代本土的宣教运动之前，需要克服文化、精神和后勤的障碍。然而，由圣灵带领的向基督的名字尚未被宣讲的地区的外向推力的种子已被种植。 在本期期刊中，我们审视让中国教会达致这显著的全球参与的位置的因素。我们持谨慎乐观的态度，通过一些自己有参与在写这新的篇章的人的眼睛去探索这新时代可能有的面貌的轮廓，同时考虑到这些初步的想法仅是将会在未来的几十年中继续发展的对话中的开场白。 傅邦宁为华源协作的总裁及华源协作季刊的编辑。 跟随傅邦宁的微博@BrentSFulton
Chinese Education: From Hallowed to Hollow