When we hold ChinaSource Connect events or answer questions at other times, people invariably ask about whether it is safe to share the gospel online with Chinese friends and what online resources are available to help Chinese friends learn more or grow in their faith. These can be difficult questions to answer because the situation is, as with everything else related to China, complicated.
In recent years, we have published a number of pieces on this topic, including the following:
- The Inconvenience of Incarnational Ministry (April 2021)
- Rethinking Church in Today’s World (May 2021)
- To WeChat or Not to WeChat (May 2021)
- Christian Spirituality in China’s Walled Garden (September 2021)
- Next Generation Missions (May 2022)
What we are seeing, however, is that despite restrictions and an increasingly tight environment, there are still creative ways to use the internet to reach and serve Chinese by providing avenues for evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and encouragement.
On May 31, we will be hosting a webinar called “WeChatting to the Glory of God,” during which we will present a picture of what God is doing through four different ministries involved in digital engagement.
We have invited four speakers who have extensive knowledge and experience in this burgeoning field, all of whom are involved in developing innovative digital engagement strategies. Each one will present their work and resources, as well as tips on how to use digital engagement to minister to your Chinese friends. Following the presentations, there will be time for you to ask all your questions about safely sharing the gospel online.
Sean Cheng is Asia Editor of Christianity Today. He has been active in internet evangelism for 28 years using all kinds of media and platforms. He is the host of a YouTube channel, podcasts, and Twitter Space, and author of three books in Chinese. He has served the Chinese church as a Christian media worker and diaspora missionary for over 10 years.
Andrew Feng serves as the US Director for Indigitous which engages the next generation to use their marketplace skills beyond the four church walls. Andrew advises on global strategy related to faith and tech. He is exploring crowdsourcing missions via remote work. He aims to help young adults utilize their abilities to support the great commission. Andrew and his wife served in East Asia for five years where he pastored at an international fellowship and adopted their son with special needs.
Tsun-En Lu is the director of Discipleship Resource Center at Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. The organization equips and mobilizes Chinese immigrant churches to reach Chinese-speaking young intellectuals in North America. Tsun-En and his team are responsible for providing comprehensive, strategic, integrated, and accessible resources. They adopt a membership management strategy for micro-communities of the same target audience to connect and collaborate online and onsite.
Travis Todd is the East Asia Field Strategies Leader for Cru. He served in China from 1998 to 2020. Over the last year he has led the Cru staff to connect with over 30 million people in-country as they “win, build, and send.” His heart is in evangelism.
Date: May 31, 2023
Time: 7–8:30PM (US CDT)
Online via Zoom
We hope you can make it to the live event! Even if you can’t, you can still sign up and be notified as soon as a recording is available.
Image credit: Sabine Kroschel via Pixabay.
Joann Pittman is Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement 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
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