Serving Well in China
Are you a Christian preparing to serve in China, or maybe you’re already there?
Are you working with Chinese students in your home country?
This course is definitely for you.
China is one of the few places in the world where a statement can be completely true and completely false all at the same time. With a rich history and strong cultural values that are now being redefined by a complicated contemporary society, China can be a daunting place to navigate.
We’re here to help! This course is less about a set of answers and more about presenting a framework with which to process the complexities of China. When you encounter confusing situations or cultural differences, what you learn here will help you reconcile them with your cultural background and expectations.
What you’ll get?
Whether you are just getting started in China or are a seasoned Middle Kingdom sojourner, this course will deepen your understanding of why China is the way it is, allowing for a more fruitful and effective ministry.
One thing is true in China: nothing is as it seems. In other words, whatever China seems to be at any given moment, it is, in fact, the opposite. Is it Communist? Yes and no. Is it Capitalist? Yes and no. Is it poor? Yes and no. Is it rich? Yes and no! We think you get the picture. This lecture will introduce a paradigm for understanding the confusion and complexity that is modern-day China by highlighting contrasting myths.
This quiz will test your comprehension of lecture #1.
Relationships form the heart of Chinese culture. In this lecture you will learn the meaning of relationship in Chinese culture, and rules by which these relationships are governed. The rules we highlight include the ones that are most likely to "clash" with your own cultural rules.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the material in Lecture #2
Just because we use the same terminology to describe experiences in our own educational systems and the Chinese educational system does not mean that we are talking about the same thing. In this lecture you will learn how the Chinese educational system affects and informs the worldview of Chinese people.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture #3.
We all carry a suitcase load of expectations with us, and this is no less true when embarking on a cross-cultural sojourn. In this lecture you will learn about the expectations that often trip up those living cross-culturally and be encouraged to examine and adjust the expectations that you have in regards to serving in China.
This quiz will test comprehension of the principles taught in the lecture "Expectations."
We all know how to live well where we belong, but what does it mean to live well where we don't belong? In this lecture you will learn basic principles to help you manage your cultural adjustment.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the principles taught in the lecture "Living Well Where You Don't Belong."
In the diverse world of China ministry, where organizations & individuals are engaged in opportunities to serve Mainland Chinese people, inside and outside of China, ChinaSource Institute provides easily accessible, high quality, professional services that are relevant and useful in equipping those who are serving China today. We offer online courses and on-site training on a wide variety of cross-cultural & orientation topics, focusing on the China context and designed to serve to those involved in Christian ministry.
Joann Pittman is Senior Vice-President of ChinaSource. She went to China in 1984 to teach English for one year, and ended up staying for 28 years. During her time in China she lived in three different cities (Zhengzhou, Changchun, and Beijing) and worked as a teacher, program director, language learning coach, and cross-cultural trainer.
She has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), Wheaton College, (IL), and Taylor University (IN), teaching courses on Chinese history, contemporary society, and Chinese language.
Joann has a B.A. from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), and an M.A. in teaching from the University of St. Thomas (MN).
She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is the author of Survival Chinese Lessons.
Amy Young began her China career in 1992, when she set off to be an English teacher. Over the course of her 20 years in China, she taught university students and middle school students. In addition, she worked as a teacher trainer, curriculum director, personnel director, and program director for a large teaching organization. She has also served as an adjunct faculty at Wheaton College (IL) and Azusa Pacific University (CA), teaching courses on ESL and curriculum development.
She is currently on the leadership team of Velvet Ashes, an online community of women serving in an overseas context.
Amy has a BA and and MA from the University of Kansas (KS), and a MA from Denver Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado.
She is the author of Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-cultural Service.
Her personal blog, “The Messy Middle,” can be found at messymiddle(dot)com.