Believing God in a Chinese context : a practice of promoting the deeper mutual understanding between Christian faith and Chinese traditional culture

Jungang Wang
Most Chinese people, within whom traditional culture is deeply embedded, reject Christianity because they see only conflict between the values of the culture they cherish and the Christian faith. After the author lays out the biblical-theological foundations for the lecture series by analyzing the biblical resources, this dissertation explains the practical process of this research project including the survey before the lectures themselves, the observation description of the lectures, and the communications after the lectures. The analysis suggests that the lecture series is an effective way to remove misunderstanding of young adults in the Beijing Nankou Church. It not only benefits young adults but also the whole congregation.

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Mission Strategy of Chinese Urban House Churches

Yunhong Xuan D.Min.
This paper introduces the theory of ecosystem into missiology for the first time, and it puts forward the theory of mission ecosystem. The so-called theory of mission ecosystem refers to the healthy interaction among mission-driven church, mission-driven leaders, mission-driven disciples, missionaries, and mission strategies which form a system in world missions, thus establishing a complete mission ecosystem.
This paper emphasizes that God is the source of power in the entire mission ecosystem. Just as the energy of the natural ecosystem comes from the sun, the energy of the mission ecosystem comes from God. Missionary God is the core of mission, the driving force of mission, and the essence of mission. Missionary God is like the engine of the mission ministry. Only God-centered missions can receive a constant supply of missionary power.
This paper emphasizes that in the engineering of the mission ecosystem, the establishment of the mission-driven church, the cultivation of mission-driven leaders, the training of mission-driven disciples, the dispatching of mission-driven missionaries and the formulation of mission-driven strategy form a complete mission bio-chain. When the influence and interaction between them achieve a dynamic equilibrium, it enables effective world mission.
This paper provides strategies for establishing mission-driven church, cultivating mission-driven leaders, training mission-driven disciples, dispatching mission-driven missionaries and formulating mission-driven strategies.
Key Words: Mission Strategy, Missionary God, Missional Church, Missional Leader, Missional Discipleship, Missionary.

The Development Strategy of Small & Middle Size Church - The Case Study of Midwest Chinese Churches

Kuoan Huang D.Min.
The purpose of the dissertation was to study the development strategy of small Midwest Chinese churches.The study was based on the Biblical and Theological foundation in five categories: church growth, church essence, church strategy, church transform, and church healthiness. This dissertation designed an questionary survey to five selected churches located in Midwest. Based on the analysis of the survey the development strategies were developed. These strategies were implemented in one of the selected five churches. There was obvious improvement in the areas of church spirit, mission, vision, worship attendance, prayer meeting, baptized members etc. after implement development strategies.

The Role of Parents and Churches in China in View of Winning Back the Next Spiritual Generation.

Beng Wah Lim
The purpose of the study is to identify influential components of parents and church involvement that lead to spiritual growth and vibrancy in adulthood. Twelve parents of spiritually vibrant adults were surveyed from house (10) and three-self churches (2) throughout provinces (7) and municipalities (5) in mainland China. The survey revealed the parents' regular prayer life, loving and respectful marriage, commitment to faith, and positive parent-child relationship as the most influential components of family life. It was concluded that spiritual modeling in everyday activities by the parents are more influential than formal teaching of the Bible or trainings from the church.
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