Resources on Leadership
Chinese Church Voices
Training Lay Leaders in China
The Hou Zaimen church in Jinan, Shandong Province has developed a system for training lay people and managing meeting points which are contributing to the spiritual growth of believers.
Chinese Church Voices
The Pastor's Identity
Three-self church pastor Chen Shengfeng reflects on the identity of the pastor.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Spiritual Authority and Power Abuse
A Reader's Response to "Leadership Ethics"
Barriers and keys to finishing well as a leader.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Is It Time for a New Approach to Leadership?
To whatever extent the leadership forms taught by the west, and our approach to church polity have done a disservice to the church in China, we should ask for forgiveness.
Online Videos on the Church and Misuse of Authority
Four videos that deal with the abuse of power in the church.
The Church’s Greatest Crisis Comes from Inside
With the lack of pastoral ethics and recent church expansion, the use of power often becomes a problem. The causes of power abuse and the church’s response are explored.
Beyond Courageous Leadership and Servant Leadership
What Does Leadership Failure in the West Teach the Chinese Church?
The author looks at positive and negative results of both courageous and servant leadership. From Willow Creek Community Church and the moral failure of its pastor, he draws out lessons to be learned for China’s churches.
Not Ruling Over but Feeding the Sheep
Thoughts on the Boundaries of Authority and Power in the Chinese Church
What type of church structure would be best for China’s churches? Considerations include China’s historical church governance, the church’s place in society and government, and how to handle situations of power abuse.
Being on Guard against “Spiritualized Political Correctness” in the Church
Spiritual political correctness is a form of legalism shrouded by an appearance of spirituality. While it shapes believers’ thoughts and behavior, over time it harms faith and the church and prepares the ground for the abuse of power by pastors. This requires our serious attention.
3 Questions: A Look in the Mirror for Leaders
Jordan Wei is an experienced Christian worker in Asia who has spent more than 20 years developing leaders. He shares some recent insights from his own experience that have transformed his understanding of the leader development process.
The Steward Leader
Transforming People, Organizations and Communities
This is not a “how-to” book on leadership. It is a “who” book. Its thesis is based on the premise that without a clear understanding and commitment to the “who” of leadership, talking about the “how” will be unfulfilling, impossible to sustain and ultimately will do a disservice to the...
Beyond Theological Education
Advances in theological education over the past 35 years have gone a long way toward satisfying the church’s still urgent need for trained leaders. It is increasingly common, especially in China’s cities, to find pastors who have received formal graduate-level theological training, including many who have studied overseas. But is...
Are China’s Best Being Lost to the West?
Why are many Chinese believers who go overseas for seminary training not returning to China to serve?.
The Changing Face of Political Leadership in China
Since rising to power three years ago, President Xi Jinping has frequently been called the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Such comments often refer to the way Xi has consolidated power by bringing the various Communist Party organs firmly under his control and to how he has eliminated...
3 Questions: Spiritual Formation in China
In the final segment of the “Walking with Leaders” series on ChinaSource Conversations, our monthly podcast, we looked at the spiritual formation of leaders. One of our guests was John, an expat and trained coach whose14 years of service in Asia have included facilitating retreats and leading people through creative spiritual...
Walking with Leaders | Episode 4
In the fourth and final podcast in the “Walking with Leaders” series, we want to focus on the topic of spiritual formation—the big picture and landscape of ones journey to becoming more like Jesus. If coaching is about drawing out and mentoring is about pouring in, spiritual formation is the big...
3 Observations from Teaching Biblical Interpretation
For many international organizations working in China, the transition to local leadership can be a challenging one. In particular, it is not always easy to achieve high levels of spiritual formation when many local leaders are either first generation believers or fairly recent converts.