Regardless of whether young people are believers or non-believers, they don't need high-and-mighty preaching and advice; they need listeners who can sit down to hear their stories and provide advice to address their anxieties.
Cruel historical memory makes us tend to yearn for material possessions. In the practice of the Christian faith, we have constantly materialized Jesus. We have shaped the image of Jesus and the gospel according to our national memory of suffering.
The Spring Festival is a great opportunity for family reunions and catching up with relatives and friends. For Christians, it is also a chance to share the message of the Lord. How can we seize these opportunities to better share the gospel?
While the development of the economy and the rise of rural migrant workers contribute to the collapse of rural traditional ethics and social structure, public activities in rural areas have not been established. The church needs to respond and take up the public function of shaping values once more.
In contemporary society, New Year's visits have become a custom, that enhances relationships through mutual blessings. This is different from the old custom of worshipping idols, and Christians should not reject it.
A pastor who has been practicing a small group model in his church for around five years emphasized the importance of the mission and vision of the small groups as well as a mature concept which prevents one from blindly copying from others.
Building churches is not just about creating a place for worship. It involves a complex process of approvals, funding, design, and construction. An experienced pastor shares his insights into making a strategic plan.
This story tells how a large church in southern Fujian adopts their pastoral ministry to build up Christ-centered families and lead the church to achieve unity in their missionary vision.
This article tells how a grassroots town church in Southern Fujian, with a vision amidst prevalent folk beliefs, has led the whole family of believers to overcome idols and turn towards Christ.
If elderly church workers can’t accept aging and do not earnestly retain and nurture youth workers, the future of rural churches is a cause for concern.
Some believers consider the Bible to be divine words with magical powers. Therefore, in some zombie movies, scenes depict the Bible alongside Buddhist and Taoist artifacts during the exorcism of zombies. However, this is not only a scene seen in TV dramas but also occurs in real life.
Should the church hire Christians with jobs as the staff? Can pastors with secular jobs lead the church? Pastor Chen shares his personal experience of serving as a pastor while with an additional job.
To ensure that believers truly comprehend the truth, there is a need to improve the teaching in baptismal classes, as the quantity is over the quality of believers.
As many believers have felt the crisis of Christianity with concerns about the way forward in 2023, a possible way out is to learn from the spirit of a grain of wheat which breaks from inside.
"In our church, anyone, once they reach the age of 55, must step down from the position of church leader," said Reverend Chen, a retired church leader in a northern region. "Because we witnessed many churches decline due to poor succession, which leads to serious consequences."
Those churches that have declined speak silently to today's Chinese churches with a heavy cost—churches must prioritize succession and consider it a specialized and particularly important task, even if it requires a significant amount of time and effort.
A pastor mentioned that in the 1980s and 1990s, many churches experienced significant revivals. However, he noted that most of them had essentially disappeared. According to him, a crucial reason for this decline is the failure of church management and succession.
Inheritance should not merely be passing on the baton or finding a successor; it's the continuation and development of life, mission, and culture.