Resources from 2006

December

Dec 19, 2006

Open for Business

by Dwight Nordstrom

China is "open for business." This was not true twenty-five years ago. In order to "win" in China's marketplace, this author has found, inter alia, the following to be best practices.

Dec 19, 2006

Between Riches and Poverty: Chinese Christian Business People

by Huo Shui

In China, the number of Christians is growing constantlyeven the official figure is increasing. The latest estimate from the TSPM/CCC is sixteen million Christians. Among these Christians are a group of people who are busy with their business on weekdays but worship God on weekends; they are the Chinese Christian business people.

Dec 19, 2006

The Shop Church: The Second Mile

by Ronald Yu

Filling the gap for rural church planters working in urban factory areas, shop-churches provide both income and position for effective outreach to factory workers.

Dec 19, 2006

Business as Ministry

by Patrick Lee

A look at one business that is being used effectively to bring the gospel to the people of one community.

November

Nov 8, 2006

When East Meets West in the Market Place

by Brent Fulton

One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China by James McGregor. New York: Free Press, 2005, 312 pp., ISBN: 0743258398, US$27.00.

Reviewed by Brent Fulton

September

Sep 22, 2006

Staying in China

The Issues

by Peter Anderson

He was given twenty-four hours to leave the country. After a week of uncertainty, following an investigation by the police, it was finally made clear he was being expelled for "religious activities incompatible with his status as a foreign expert." Meanwhile, in another city, another foreigner is hailed as a true friend of China and given, what was at the time, the rare honor of permanent residence. These experiences of two equally committed Christian professionals, both of whom felt called to serve in China, are drastically different. There are several issues here, but clearly "retention" or longevity of in-country service is one of them.

Sep 22, 2006

Flourishing in Demanding Environments

by Steve Spinella

Stress and Trauma Handbook: Strategies for Flourishing in Demanding Environments edited by John Fawcett. 

Reviewed by Steve Spinella

Sep 4, 2006

The Challenge of Returning Chinese Scholars

by Jeff Mennen

With the number of Chinese scholars studying abroad increasing and many of them coming to faith in Christ, understanding the challenges they face in returning to China is vital for their ongoing spiritual growth. What is being done to deal with those challenges?

Sep 4, 2006

The Challenge of Returning Chinese Scholars

by Jeff Mennen

With the number of Chinese scholars studying abroad increasing and many of them coming to faith in Christ, understanding the challenges they face in returning to China is vital for their ongoing spiritual growth. What is being done to deal with those challenges?

Sep 4, 2006

The Challenge of Returning Chinese Scholars

by Jeff Mennen

With the number of Chinese scholars studying abroad increasing and many of them coming to faith in Christ, understanding the challenges they face in returning to China is vital for their ongoing spiritual growth. What is being done to deal with those challenges?

Sep 3, 2006

The Road Home

Returnees Serving in China

An Interview

by ChinaSource Team

In the past few years, returning Chinese scholars have played an increasingly important role in China's economic construction. At the same time, more and more of them are returning with the goal of spreading the gospel. Is this an easy or difficult path to take? What obstacles does one encounter, and how can these be solved? What should one do to prepare to return?

The following interview with Chen Guoguang addresses these questions. Originally from Beijing, Chen worked in the U.S as an electrical engineer and also spent three years in seminary. In 1993, he returned to work in China with the goal of spreading the gospel. Looking back on these years, he has much in his heart to share with those who also have this goal.

June

Jun 21, 2006

The 4/14 Window

by Dan B.

The "4/14 Window" refers to children and young people between the ages of four and fourteen. What does the 4/14 Window look like in a Chinese context? What are the needs and is the church responding?

Jun 21, 2006

Twice Forgotten

by Brent Fulton

Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Children at Risk" (CS Quarterly, 2006 Summer).

Jun 20, 2006

When Can I Go Home?

Caring for China's Homeless Children

by Huo Shui

Mid-January in Zhengzhou, the temperature dipped to -7C after a snowstorm. Chuan, a 13 year-old boy from the far west province of Gansu, was rummaging through a trash bin in a corner inside the Zhengzhou train station. His face was covered in soot; he was wearing an ill-fitted, filthy cotton jacket, lightweight trousers and a pair of tattered tennis shoes. The previous night, he had stowed away on a coal car headed for Zhengzhou. Cold and starving, he searched frantically for anything edible. Alone in a strange city, without money and not knowing a soul, Chuan wondered aimlessly.

Jun 20, 2006

China's Children

A New Generation, New Opportunity, and New Commitment

by Patrick McDonald

God is on the move. Could this tiny article change the lives of many? Could it do more than inform and challenge? I think so. Those of you reading this could be part of a journey, led by the Holy Spirit, that commenced about a year ago. Intrigued? Read more.

Jun 20, 2006

Children, AIDS and the Church

by Michelle Woods

Children in China are being affected by HIV/AIDS. Their numbers are increasing and the effects are devastating. What is being done to help these children?

Jun 20, 2006

Chinese Children at Risk

by Amy Lewis

Children at risk in China include orphans and disabled children. Services and support for these children are increasing. However, another wave of children at risk is sweeping across China with needs that also must be addressed. These trends are identified along with what is needed to care for the children and what is being done.

Jun 20, 2006

Children: At the Heart of Mission

by Ian A.

Children—the Great Omission? by Dan Brewster and Patrick McDonald. 

Reviewed by Ian A.

April

Apr 25, 2006

Back to Jerusalem

A Difficult Subject

by Wu Xi

Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Beyond Back to Jerusalem" (CS Quarterly, 2006 Spring).

Apr 25, 2006

The Present and Future of the BTJ Movement

A View from the Church in China

by Wen Mu

In the following article, I affirm Back to Jerusalem's (BTJ) significance and commend these principles to the people of the twenty-first century. BTJ is a missionary vision received by Chinese pastors in the 1940s.

Apr 22, 2006

Chinese Christianity and Global Mission

by Kim-kwong Chan

With the enthusiasm of China's global ambition and the rapid growth of the Chinese Christian communityone of the fastest growing churches in modern times with unofficial figures ranging from 35 million to 80 millionone may easily speculate on a merging of these two elements into a new missiological movement. These three emerging issues of Chinese Christianity may have a bearing on contemporary global mission: the diasporic Chinese community, Chinese Christian merchantsthe Wenzhou Christians, and the Back to Jerusalem Movement (BTJ).

Apr 22, 2006

Beyond "Back to Jerusalem"

by Yi Du Kam

An overview and assessment of the "Back to Jerusalem" movement.

Apr 12, 2006

A Piece of the Puzzle

Training Mainland Chinese to be Cross-Cultural Missionaries

by L. K. Chiu

Among all debates and controversies about the Back to Jerusalem (BTJ) phenomenon, the issue of training Chinese missionaries seems to have fallen on the sidelines. More attention has been given to issues such as the controversial number of 100,000 missionaries, abuse of the genuine grass-root missionary spirit, and who has the right to represent BTJ. Despite the legitimacy of all these concerns, traininga critical component that determines the outcome of missionshas not been given enough attention.

Apr 12, 2006

A Piece of the Puzzle

Training Mainland Chinese to be Cross-Cultural Missionaries

by L. K. Chiu

Among all debates and controversies about the Back to Jerusalem (BTJ) phenomenon, the issue of training Chinese missionaries seems to have fallen on the sidelines. More attention has been given to issues such as the controversial number of 100,000 missionaries, abuse of the genuine grass-root missionary spirit, and who has the right to represent BTJ. Despite the legitimacy of all these concerns, traininga critical component that determines the outcome of missionshas not been given enough attention.

Apr 3, 2006

Back to Jerusalem

A Moving History

by Tony Lambert

The "Back to Jerusalem" movement can be traced back to a vision for evangelism which God gave to several different indigenous Chinese Christian mission movements in the 1940s.

March