30 Days on the Chinese Church

Leadership and Culture (Part 2)

This entry is part 14 of 25 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 25 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 25 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 25 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 25 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

Why we don’t have a Senior Pastor

This entry is part 7 of 25 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 25 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

Growing Pains

This entry is part 5 of 25 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

Why Translated Services Don’t Work

This entry is part 4 of 25 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

The CFC Story: Moving toward Maturity

This entry is part 3 of 25 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

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