Christians--China

Christ-centered preaching int he context of urban China to the post-1981 generation

Author
David J Park
Abstract
China is experiencing dramatic changes at every level of its identity. Rapid urbanization, unprecedented economic prosperity giving rise to a new middle-class, tied together with the adoption of the one-child policy in 1981 have created a new set of challenges to church leaders seeking to reach the new generation for Christ. The traditional house church, born in persecution from the government, with its emphasis on separation from the world and zealous personal piety, is no longer able to effectively reach the new generation with the gospel. Urban church leaders must now grapple with how to preach the unchanging message of Christ to this dramatically changing culture.

A Discipleship Strategy to Prepare Chinese International Students to Re-enter China and Continue Following Christ

Author
Paul S Chi
Abstract
The discipleship strategy introduced in this dissertation was implemented at the Harvest Church of Madison located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. The goal of this project was to develop a contextualized discipleship strategy for Chinese international students that prepares them for re-entry into their native country. Qualitative research was used to gain a better understanding of Chinese international students coming to the University of Wisconsin. It also served to assess the effectiveness of the discipleship strategy. The long-term success of this discipleship strategy is unverified. However, the research joins the conversation of churches and ministries trying to reach the enormous wave of Chinese international students studying in our campuses in the United States.

The Institutional Regulations and the Leadership of Chinese House Churches: Theory and Practice

Author
Mark Yong Shen
Abstract
The Chinese House Church are having the tremendous growth in the recent 30 years. Yet they also are facing prodigious opportunities and challenges that are never there before. The greatest among them are internal power struggles of the churches, inadequacy of leaderships, dissension due to disunion, chasing fame and money dysfunctional of church disciplines, compromising to sins.etc. Through a more systematic research and analysis on these crisis and challenges, this thesis is to propose contextual institutional regulations for CHC. Furthermore, through the disciplines of Pastoral Ministries, this research can also help to raise the pastoral leadership strength of the pastors in CHC.

The effect of instruction, spiritual perception, and hands-on experience upon attitudes toward the care of orphans

Author
Deena M Van't Hul
Abstract
A foster home in China was the context for this mixed methods research study. The issue was that local churches often fail to adequately respond to the needs of orphans. The Orphan Care Project was developed as an approach to bridge the gap between orphans and Christians. The hypothesis that the project would increase the participants' understanding of orphan care and encourage personal participation resulting in self-reported deeper spiritual experience was proven. Pre and post-project questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, and focus group discussions regarding the participants' clarity of knowledge and attitudes were used for triangulation, analysis, and interpretation of data.

The strategy of caring and developing pastors' wives on China urban house churches

Author
Wen-Ai Chang
Abstract
This dissertation focuses on China's Urban House Churches pastor's wives discussing their healthy self-image and how they balance their roles in the face of challenges from both home and church. According to the theology of creation and pastoral ministry teachings, we can understand how the female was made and the role of a wife in the plan of salvation. Through the theories and principles of psychology and leadership, we can understand the development of the female life cycle and the development of the whole person. This dissertation responds to a questionnaires received from the wives of pastors.

A training course for teaching rural pastors in China expository preaching

Author
Timothy Loongkei Chui
Abstract
This thesis-project is a training course for teaching rural pastors in China the skill of expository preaching. The task consists of four components. First, to research and to formulate eight core biblical convictions that are essential for the task of expository preaching. Second, to research China and its culture, the Chinese mindset, and the house church movement. It also looks into the learning process of the rural people and the training resources in preaching. Third, to design a biblical preaching course targeting Chinese rural pastors who have a lower level of education. The training material is adapted from Dr. Haddon W. Robinson's step-by-step process as described in his book, Biblical Preaching. Fourth, to field test this training course with over thirty rural pastors for forty hours in November 2007 in China.

A new song for a renewed life: a study of the hymns/worship songs contributing to spiritual revival in the Chinese churches

Author
Thian Seng Lim
Abstract
In the 1930's a revival broke out in China and the Chinese churches in Southeast Asia. Dr. John Sung spoke to the Chinese people in various meetings and many turned to the Lord. While preaching, Dr. Sung would often spontaneously interrupt the preaching to lead the congregation in hymnal choruses. The singing plus his message led many people to the Lord. In the 1990's, the Chinese churches in China increased rapidly and many people were spiritually revived and came to know the Lord. One of the reasons why the number of Christians has grown in China has been because of how God has used a young village girl, Xiao Min, to write hundreds of worship hymns by the moving of the Holy Spirit and many were moved by the hymnal singing. This thesis is a study of the relationship between spiritual revival and the singing of worship songs by using the Canaan hymns in Chinese churches as a central case study.

A manual to help house church leaders in China understand and teach the biblical doctrine

Author
Yan Xiong
Abstract
This thesis presents a rationale for training Chinese house church leaders. The author believes that a true and concise biblical manual will train the Chinese house church leaders, who in turn can help house church Christians to understand the Bible in a way that will eliminate heresies, strengthen faith, and lead them to the kingdom of God. The author researched widely in terms of books, articles, and trustworthy websites. He used a narrative approach as this best suits the subject matter. His conclusion is: a good manual to help Chinese house church leaders is absolutely necessary at this time.

Initiation and retention in Chinese returnee fellowship groups

Author
S Bullington
Abstract
This study examines the causes underlying the large-scale defection of new Christian converts among Chinese international students that occurs after their repatriation, and investigates a new ministry model, the returnee fellowship group (RFG), as a means of increasing retention. The primary goal of the study was to identify methods that are working to initiate and retain Chinese returnees in RFGs. Qualitative field research consisted of semi-structured interviews conducted in China with eighteen members of City A and City B RFGs. The study identified initiation pathways and factors that promote retention in RFGs and also suggested strategies to enhance growth.
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