The Church in China Today
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The Church in China Today

It's Not What You Think
4.7 (93 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2017
English
Price: $30
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the prevailing narratives about the church in China and implications for those seeking to serve.
  • Understand the history of the interaction between Christianity and Chinese culture and the state and how that provides a context in which to address the challenges as well as the opportunities facing the church today.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics, strengths, and weakness of the three identifiable streams of the church in China.
  • Identify common myths that continue to color the perceptions of many regarding China’s church.
  • Identify spiritual lessons coming out of the Chinese church’s unique experience of growth amidst suffering.
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Requirements
  • No materials or prior knowledge of the subject are required.
Description

“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

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for members of the Christian faith-based community who are serving in China or who plan to serve in China.
  • It will also be helpful anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the complex nature of the church in China.
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5 Lectures
01:27:54
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The Church in China Today
5 Lectures 01:27:54

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.

Preview 12:30

This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 1. 

Quiz 1: One Church, Many Narratives
4 questions

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. 

Lecture 2: We've Come This Way Before
19:59

This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 2. 

Quiz 2: We've Come This Way Before
3 questions

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. 

Lecture 3: Faces of the Chinese Church
17:32

This quiz will test your knowledge of the material presented in lecture 3. 

Quiz 3: Faces of the Chinese Church
5 questions

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.

Lecture 4: Whatever You Hear About China
17:50

This quiz will test your comprehension of the material presented in lecture 4.

Quiz 4: Whatever You Hear About China
4 questions

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.

Lecture 5: Lessons from the Church in China
20:03

This quiz will test your comprehension of the content of lecture 5. 

Quiz 5: Lessons from the Church in China
4 questions
About the Instructor
ChinaSource Institute
4.7 Average rating
431 Reviews
1,703 Students
2 Courses
Serving the China Ministry Community

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.

Dr. Brent Fulton
4.7 Average rating
93 Reviews
683 Students
1 Course
President of ChinaSource

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.