30 Days on the Chinese Church

An article series on English Ministry in Chinese churches in North America.

Leadership and Culture (Part 2)

This entry is part 14 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Yesterday I shared some thoughts about the way in which culture influences leadership. Today I want to continue that theme and focus in a little more on how it affects a Chinese church. Continue reading

Leadership and Culture

This entry is part 13 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

There are universal biblical principles of leadership, but we must recognize that leadership does not operate in a vacuum. The way that leadership operates and is perceived is also affected by the culture(s) of the people in the church. Continue reading

How to Equip Spiritual Leaders

This entry is part 12 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Yesterday I wrote about the central importance of equipping spiritual leaders. Today I want to share a few thoughts about the process of preparing people for leadership in the church. Continue reading

Why Leadership Training is Job #1

This entry is part 11 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

I want to follow up yesterday’s article about The Resource Pyramid with a few more thoughts about leadership training. This topic is not specific to the Chinese church, but it is so important that I want to address it. I will also share some thoughts about how it applies specifically to the EM in a Chinese church. Continue reading

The Resource Pyramid

This entry is part 10 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

I’d like to start this week by sharing the concept of The Resource Pyramid. This simple concept helps us to understand what we need to do to develop a ministry to the next level. I originally shared this concept in a message in a joint worship service in June 2006. You can listen to the message and view the notes on the church web site. Continue reading

Maintaining Unity in a Chinese Church

This entry is part 9 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

How does a bilingual Chinese church maintain unity? It has to be more than history or convenience. There must be a vision that encompasses both congregations. Continue reading

Unity and Diversity in a Chinese Church

This entry is part 8 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

One of the big challenges in a bilingual Chinese church is to maintain the overall unity of the church while giving each congregation adequate freedom to develop their own ministry. What is the basis of our unity? How can we allow diversity without tearing the church apart? Continue reading

Why we don’t have a Senior Pastor

This entry is part 7 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

While I am on the topic of church structure I thought that I should explain why CFC does not have a Senior Pastor. I don’t intend to focus on structural issues all month, but I thought that this would be of interest to others. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Mailboxes

This entry is part 6 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Sometimes the way that things are actually done in a church are a better indicator of the true structure than what is written on paper. I want to follow up the last few posts on the stages of develop of the English Ministry by illustrating it with pictures of our old and new church office mailboxes. Continue reading

Models of Ministry in Chinese Churches

About 7-8 years ago someone gave me a copy of an article by Victor Lee of Toronto on “Models of Ministry in Chinese Churches.” I thought that it was quite helpful at the time, and even made copies for our church board members. His description of the stages of development in a typical Chinese church fits in very well with what I have described in the past few posts. I will summarize some of the key ideas from his article. The names of the models are his, but the the descriptions are based partly on my own experiences. Continue reading

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