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

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

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

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

The Jerusalem Council: Consensus Decision Making

This entry is part 15 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

We often look to the church in Acts as an example of a vibrant, Spirit-filled, unified church. But when we look at it more closely we discover that they had many of the same problems that we do. The Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 provided perhaps the most detailed look at the decision making process of NT leaders. What can we learn from this example? Continue reading

English Ministry Pastor Shortage

This entry is part 16 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

There is a shortage of pastors to serve in English Ministry in Chinese churches, and those who do serve there are often subject to discouragement and drop out. There have been a number of articles and studies designed to explore this problem. Continue reading

Reaching Adults: The Importance of Ownership

This entry is part 17 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Do you want the English Ministry in your Chinese church to grow beyond a youth/college ministry? If so, it is necessary to reach English speaking young working adults and young families. But many Chinese churches struggle in reaching these groups. What does it take to reach them? Continue reading

The Power of Vision

This entry is part 18 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

When people are looking for a new church (or deciding whether to stay at their old church), they want to know not merely what the church is like now but also where the church is going. The vision of your church will attract certain people, but may turn other people away. Continue reading

Caring for Co-workers

This entry is part 19 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

The most precious resource of any church is its lay leaders and co-workers. Yet all to often churches take these people for granted and fail to give them the care that they need. Today I want to share about how this applies to Chinese churches. Continue reading

Culture and Biblical Truth

This entry is part 20 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

When a missionary goes to another culture with the Gospel, he or she must learn to distinguish between biblical truth, which has authority over every culture, and cultural practices, which should be changed to adapt the church to each culture. There have been many heated debates about which beliefs go into which category. Continue reading

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