“The church in China? Isn’t Christianity illegal there?”
Maybe this has been your reaction to hearing about the church in China or maybe you’ve heard others react this way. As with many things in China, the answer is ‘yes and no’ but the part that is an absolute ‘yes’ is that Christianity in China is growing.
The religious climate in China, especially for Christians, may be messy but it’s not beyond understanding. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the Church in China, ranging from a historical understanding of how far the church has come, to the struggles it endures in present day, to common misconceptions about the state of the church.
Whether you’re simply interested in China or looking to serve there, this course will provide you with excellent foundational knowledge on the church in China today. The lectures are conducted by Dr. Brent Fulton, author of China's Urban Christians: A Light That Cannot Be Hidden
In the West, the dominant narrative of the church in China is one of persecution. But it in reality, there are numerous narratives that must be observed in order to get a full picture of the complex reality. This lecture will focus on the four prevailing narratives about the church in China and implications for those seeking to serve.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 1.
Many of the issues facing the church are symptoms of larger dynamics that have been present ever since Christianity first came to China. Understanding the history of the interaction between Christianity and Chinese culture and the state provides a context in which to address the challenges as well as the opportunities facing the church today. These are the themes that will be explored in this lecture.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 2.
The “church in China” comprises three identifiable "faces," each with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. As the church’s context has changed with modernization and urbanization, so have Chinese Christians’ expressions of their faith.This lecture will take an in-depth look at the three faces.
This quiz will test your knowledge of the material presented in lecture 3.
Our misconceptions about the church may tell us more about ourselves than about the true situation of Christians in China. Four common myths continue to color the perceptions of many regarding China’s church. Here we examine the origin of these myths and both the realities and misconceptions behind them. We also introduce four questions to ask whenever you hear something about the church in China and are not sure whether it is true.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the material presented in lecture 4.
The church in China has much to share with the global church. In this lecture we will look at five spiritual lessons coming out of the Chinese church’s unique experience of growth amidst suffering.
This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 5.
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.
An avid China watcher, Dr. Fulton has written and taught extensively on the church in China and on Chinese social and political phenomena. He is the the author of China's Urban Christians: A Light That Cannot Be Hidden and co-authored China's Next Generation: New China, New Church, New World with Luis Bush. He holds MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a BA in Radio-TV-Film from Messiah College.