New Series: 30 Days on the Chinese Church

This entry is part 1 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

During the month of May I am going to write a series of articles on the Chinese church. Today is already May 2, but since May has 31 days I still can get in a 30 day series. I plan to write something every day, as much as possible. But I don’t plan to write anything on Sunday, since that is a busy ministry day for me. Maybe if I get especially ambitious I will write two articles on Saturdays to make up for it. This is the first time that I have attempted to write such an intensive series, so it should be quite an adventure. I hope that you will join me for the ride. Continue reading

Developmental Stages of a Chinese Church

This entry is part 2 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

This article is part of the series “30 Days on the Chinese Church.”

I want to start this series by sharing about the history of my own church. Don’t worry, I won’t overwhelm you with lots of names and dates! But it is important to understand the typical development pattern of a Chinese church in the U.S. I will share our story with you to illustrate a common pattern. Continue reading

The CFC Story: Moving toward Maturity

This entry is part 3 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Many Chinese churches are content to remain in Stage 3 of the development of the English Ministry (see the previous post). But there is one more step that needs to be taken to have a mature, effective English Ministry. . . Continue reading

Why Translated Services Don’t Work

This entry is part 4 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Many Chinese churches use simultaneous side-by-side translation in their services. I have spoken many times in various churches using this arrangement. But I think that in terms of building the English ministry, translated services should be used as little as possible. Today I will explain why. . . Continue reading

Growing Pains

This entry is part 5 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

In Chinese churches, we often compare the church to a family. Just as a family goes through many changes as the children grow up, immigrant churches also go through predictable stages. Today I want to share a few more thoughts about the developmental stages of Chinese churches, with particular focus on the process of growing a mature English ministry. 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

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

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

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

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

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