It's not easy to do anything in this world and we shouldn’t expect it to be smooth if one wants to do things for the church. New migrant worker churches face three crises: high needs for pastors, finance, and evangelism difficulties.
If you want to know the past situation of rural churches, you need to ask rural elderly believers and preachers to get a general understanding from them, and you can also listen to their stories about changes to the church. The reason why rural churches are in their current situation lies in how people have changed. Is the environment changing too fast? Are we getting increasingly sophisticated?
Recent years have witnessed many changes of rural churches in evangelism that band musical performance has replaced gospel tract distribution, attracting more people to Christianity.
Sisters largely outnumber brothers in not only rural churches but also urban churches. Why is there such an imbalance? This question is worthy of consideration.
While serving the church, I have learned much from working with some elderly co-workers, especially from aged pastors who have served in the church for nearly 40-50 years. I listened to their touching testimonies of countless times of grace in times of trouble and the miracles that helped them overcome difficulties.
A common phenomenon is when believers share their problems with a pastor and hope that the pastor can pray with them and help to solve the difficulty. However, the pressure, difficulties and pain faced by pastors are often ignored by believers.
Every family expects to have children to inherit the estate and pass on the faith. A sister shared that her daughter-in-law had two miscarriages but finally had a full-term baby girl as she prayed with other believers.
The name “rural church” is given because of its special location. When we hear about the rural church, we always have some subjective views and think that it has a poor environment, a small number of people, insufficient equipment, and the scarcity of preachers. However, with the diversified development of the times in recent years, rural churches have improved and changed in terms of number, quality, meeting mode, ministry and external environmental conditions. Now, we take this chance to carefully analyze the changes of rural churches from the past to the present.
For rural churches, the busy farming season is all too familiar, but the launch of church ministries after the autumn harvest has always been a concern for almost every rural minister.
Many parents of the second generation in China are believers, co-workers, and pastors of a church so the faithful parents will lead their children to become the second generation of believers in the family. Of course, it is easy to bear the title of Faithful the Second, but the second generation may face many challenges in inheriting the Faith.