Tag: Urban Church

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Returning Home—The Chinese Church in Transition

Many Chinese believers enter the church at times of personal crisis. Financial troubles, broken relationships, health emergencies—real world trials often reveal to Chinese people the fractured nature of their safety nets, as friends, family, and the state fail to provide them with what they need. These moments of brokenness can be used by God to open people’s hearts to their own weakness and God’s strength.

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Church in China. Or Churches in China?

A reminder that there is not simply the church in China, but there are churches in China.

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When Counting Is Hard . . . in China (2)


More on the challenges of determining the number of Christians in China.

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Ownership and the Church in China

From Boss to Steward

The question of church property ownership points to a much deeper issue within the unregistered church.

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Changing Dynamics of Church Growth in China

What might affect church growth in China today?

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Anticipating Urban China

As ChinaSource celebrates 20 years of service we are digging into our archives for articles chronicling the myriad far-reaching changes in China during the past two decades. Here we look at urbanization.

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Too Quickly to Be Astonished

Surveying China’s extraordinary rise over the past decade, Graham Allison, in his book Destined for War, paraphrases former Czech President Vaclav Havel when he says, “It has happened so quickly, we have not yet had time to be astonished.”

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Toward an Urban Church Theology

When I wrote China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot be Hidden, it was with the conviction that massive urbanization in China had significant implications for China’s church. The emergence of a new kind of church in the city was not merely an extension of the experience of China’s primarily rural house church movements or of churches affiliated with the TSPM. Rather, a fresh set of dynamics was impacting the development of China’s newly forming urban Christian communities.

The latest issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, with its theme of urban church theology, delves into these dynamics. Guest editors Mary Ma and LI Jin have pulled together an impressively well-rounded look at the increasingly complex urban church environment.

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One-in-a-Thousand Millionaires

An Example for China’s Christians?

If you haven’t already read the recent Chinese Church Voices post on the prosperity gospel in China, you need to. Here’s why.

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China’s Church in an Age of Pluralism

In modern societies pluralism has the dual effect of both relativizing faith, forcing religious believers to acknowledge the presence of competing worldviews, and of fostering growth by creating new opportunities for them to live out their faith in the pluralist context.