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New Resource: ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor

In response to the uncertainties resulting from China's new Overseas NGO Law, we've created the ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor.  Here we introduce this new service and explain how organizations can sample the Monitor while helping ChinaSource in its efforts to understand how the law is impacting those who serve.

Together for his glory in China,

Brent Fulton


If you are involved in ministry in China or know someone who is, you have probably heard about China’s new Overseas NGO Law. It’s one of the new initiatives under President Xi Jinping’s “new normal” that is emphasizing national security targeting “hostile foreign forces” that are percieved as trying to destablize China. This new law is causing chaos and confusion for all non-profit organizations engaged in China, regardless of where they are located.

Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” approach for organizations seeking to deal with the new law. Foreign NGOs will likely require a portfolio of approaches depending on the nature of the work, where it is being done, and the degree to which they are willing and able to work with officials at various levels.

However, where we can, we at ChinaSource would like to be of assistance. Earlier this year we announced the offering of consulting packages to organizations to help them understand the implications of the law to their work in China and think through their options. One part of that package is a document called the ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor. It includes major developments in the implementation of the Overseas NGO Law, interpretation and implications of new findings, case studies, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

For a limited time, we are making this document available on our site for purchase and download at a cost of US$15. When you make a purchase we will also ask you to complete a short survey that will help us understand how the law is impacting our constituency. Go to Consulting for more information.

If you are interested in further consulting from ChinaSource that goes beyond the document, please email us at We’d love to hear from you.

News and Notes

ChinaSource Connect!

Join us on May 27 in Hong Kong at ECC’s Ministry Centre in Kowloon at 6:30pm. ChinaSource President Brent Fulton, Joann Pittman (editor of ZGBriefs) and other members of the team and board will be there sharing updates on the ever-changing China scene and its impact on the China-ministry landscape. You won’t want to miss it! Dinner will be provided. RSVP to

Out and About with ChinaSource 

  • On April 30 Brent Fulton spoke at The Bridge Christian Fellowship in Pasadena, CA
  • Joann Pittman spoke at Calvary Church in Roseville, MN on May 7 about her book The Bells Are Not Silent.
  • On May 11, The Gospel Coalition published “Unfinished Journey: How Christianity Came to China,” Brent Fulton’s review of Kathleen Lodwick’s new book, How Christianity Came to China: A Brief History.
  • Brent Fulton was quoted in a World Magazine article, “Taking Prisoners,” on May 13.
  • On May 14 Brent Fulton spoke at New Generation Church in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Joann Pittman spoke at a seniors’ Bible study in Roseville, MN on May 16.

China Ministries Cohort at MissioNexus

We are teaming up with MissioNexus to host a China ministries cohort. This cohort is open to MissioNexus members and will be a place where members serving China or who are interested in serving China can come for discussion, collaboration, and encouragement. We will be launching it on May 29. If you are a member of MissioNexus, we’d love to have you join.

Ways to Pray

  • Members of the ChinaSource team participating in several gatherings in Asia with Chinese believers this month. Ask the Lord to bless their travel and relationships at these events.
  • Also, pray for good conversation and opportunities to reconnect with friends, readers, and supporters at ChinaSource Connect on March 27 in Hong Kong.
  • Pray that the ChinaSource Institute online courses and publications will be effective in equipping many who are preparing for summer short-term trips to China.
  • Teaching and training resources provided through the Faith and Generosity in China Initiative are being used by tens of thousands of believers around China. Pray for Chinese Christians as they develop a deeper understanding of their calling as stewards in God’s kingdom.

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