Church Structure and Organization

ChinaSource Perspective

Viewing the Registered Church through Different Lenses

With the media’s incessant focus on official persecution of the unregistered church in China, Fulton reminds us that it is often easy to forget the vibrant dimensions of Christian life playing out in China’s registered churches.

Lead Article

The Three-Self Patriotic Movement

Divergent Perspectives and Grassroots Realities

Vala addresses the history of TSPM churches and the distinction between them and house churches. He looks at their relationship over past years and describes what is happening with both today.

Blog Entries

The Lianghui and Registered Churches

Friends or Foes?

The Lianghui is one of those things that falls into the category of “church with Chinese characteristics.”

Blog Entries

A Brief Look at Leadership Structure in Urban Registered Churches

Who leads China's registered churches and how do they become leaders?

Blog Entries

Denomination Names in Chinese

What, you might be wondering, are the Chinese names for some of the various denominations and sects in China?

Blog Entries

Looking at the Questions beneath the Surface

Swirling beneath the surface discussion of denominations—how they are defined, their relationship to the indigenous Chinese church, and whether or not they are needed—are some core questions regarding the fundamental nature of Christian community.

Editorials

Let’s Be Honest about Denominationalism in China

The guest editor's perspective.

Lead Article

Denominationalism or Nondenominationalism?

Is There a Third Way?

The author looks at the history of denominationalism in China and discusses what being part of a denomination means.

Supporting Article

The Influence of Denominations on Church Organizational Structure in China

The issues of theological stance and church governance that impact the decision of whether or not to be a part of a denomination are discussed.