On September 5, we hosted our first ever live webinar, titled “Living as a Christian in China.” The presenter was Dr. Mary Li Ma, a research scholar at the Henry Institute of Christianity and Public Life at Calvin University.
In the webinar, Mary helped us understand the historical, social, and political context for Christians in China, as well as the external and internal challenges they face.
She touched on three broad topics:
1. China’s changing tolerance of Christian growth
2. Living as Christian communities in urbanizing China
3. Walking the narrow path in a more restrictive environment.
Forty-four participants signed up to view the presentation and interact with her during a time of Q & A.
A recording of the webinar, in its entirety, is now available!
The cost to access the webinar is US$5.00, payable by credit card or Paypal.
We think that purchasing access to the webinar is worth your time and money; but don’t take it from us. Hear what three of those who participated live have to say:
China is a current hot topic in the news. Everything from trade wars, suppression of minorities, surveillance and Hong Kong protests. For those of us involved in ministry to Chinese people it can be hard to see through all this and understand what it’s like to be a Christian in China today. ChinaSource, together with Mary Li Ma produced a webinar on this topic which was run on September 5, 2019. The webinar was recorded and the video is now available online. It’s not an exhaustive analysis of China but a concise and accessible look at some of the key issues that Christians are facing today. The recording is only an hour long, including the Q & A session at the end . . . . Our ministry in Australia is planning to use this video along with an online discussion forum as part of our training program for ISM workers. This is something you could easily do for your team as well to equip them with up-to-date understanding of the China context.
A ministry leader in Australia
If you are working with or even just praying for China, please check out this webinar! Today, depending on your news source, there can be many opinions and conflicting messages regarding what is happening with the church in China. It was clarifying, equipping, and refreshing to hear from a native Chinese a concise understanding of what is happening with our brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe. One thing was reaffirmed for me; everything you hear about China is true somewhere in China, but not everywhere! And that God’s good plan is in control.
Nick Romanin, international student ministry with Chinese students in the United States
During a season of many unknowns in China, I found this webinar extremely helpful. Dr. Mary Li Ma gave us an overview of China's history, helping us see trends that have repeated themselves. From there, participants were able to ask specific questions, and Mary’s and Joann's answers added clarity and insight for everyone. My favorite piece of advice was, "We must all live in a place of informed awareness." I encourage you to listen to this webinar, and join the next one!
A ministry leader in the United States
It is our hope that this resource will be a blessing to you in your work.
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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
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