Many believers in the church know that the salary of pastors, especially young pastors, is notoriously low. As a result, often no single female Christians are willing to marry them. In fact, most single female believers are aware that those single pastors are actually very good on all aspects, except for one problem, that is, being poor with no money.
The church is a platform that can often reach out to different social groups. For instance, there are workplace groups, rural migrant worker groups, intellectual groups, stay-at-home mothers and disabled groups and so on. Recently, the Christian Times interviewed brother W who specializes in serving the intellectual community, and he shared his experience and sentiment of herding this community for more than 10 years.
After God’s calling came upon him, Pastor C engaged in pastoring male members. During his 20-year pastoral ministry in south China, about two-thirds of the people under his care are married male believers. Recently, he was interviewed to share his pastoral experiences and insights.
Pastor Y. from southern China, who has nearly 15 years of experience in small groups, has learned from different groups’ pastoral care models and found the model of a dual track of discipleship training and small group suitable for his church, actively putting it into practice. After experiencing success with his model in his own church, he began to help many churches in different provinces to reform their small group fellowships and saw good results in many churches.
Three Christian professionals who have been engaged in IT technology for many years had a technical dialogue and explained their understanding of some terms in the Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services. They gave suggestions on how the churches should be responded to the Measures.
With rich pastoral experience, Pastor L who has moved to a city from the countryside confessed, "I don't want to grow an urban church in rural church style." His meaningful words embodied his persistence and insistence on the proper function and positioning of the church.
During the lockdown. some people whose lives were in trouble became desperate because they worked outside their hometown, trapped in other places due to the epidemic. But there were also people who found a way out of hardship and had a new direction in life...
Under the lockdown due to COVID-19, if pastors can restore pastoring through small groups and improve the insight into the healthy structure of the church, then the revival of small group ministries will surely ease the urgency of finding solutions to the difficult development of the church.
Christian Times, an online Chinese Christian newspaper, invited Nai Yaguang, a Chinese music producer, to have an interview on which themes of “How to Understand Worship and Praise”. Nai believes that it will take two generations for Chinese worship to really rise.