In June of 2012, ChinaSource launched a blog called Chinese Church Voices where we have been posting translations of content taken from Mainland Christian online sources websites, blogs, and micro-blogs. Our goal is to help give outsiders a chance to "listen in on the conversations" that Chinese Christians are having online.
I recently went back through the articles that we have posted to see if there were any observable trends. Here's what I noticed (with links):
1. Churches are actively looking for ways to legitimately engage with and impact Chinese society.
2. Evangelism is a hot topic. There are numerous stories about churches and individuals doing evangelism; encouraging people to do evangelism; how to do evangelism.
3. Christian celebrities are becoming more open about their faith, writing about it on their personal blogs and speaking about it in public appearances.
4. Christians are joining conversations about and commenting on contemporary social issues. Christians write blog posts and articles in response to things happening in China. An example is the recent kidnapped and murdered baby in Jilin Province.
5. There is coverage and commentary of what is happening in the church in the West. Many articles from Christianity Today or other similar sources are translated and posted on the major sites or on personal blogs.
6. Christians, especially pastors, are openly discussing some of the unique challenges facing the church in China.
7. Pastors, particularly, are speaking and writing about leadership and management issues. How does a church do vision? How does it organize itself? What is the role of small groups?
8. There are discussions on the role of the Chinese church in missions. Occasionally there are reports from Chinese missionaries, and calls for prayer.
9. There are numerous straight news stories of what various churches around the country are doing holding training seminars; conducting revivals; engaging in social welfare activities.
10. There are numerous reports on churches in minority areas of SW China, but fewer on churches in the northwest.
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Joann Pittman is senior vice president of ChinaSource and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University... View Full Bio