On the first Sunday after the lunar new year, I visited a rural church which can accommodate 100 people at least, but there were only 11 people attending the service.
As there is a great need to care for left-behind elderly people and children in the countryside, some urban churches have extended ministries to rural areas.
The liveliest places during this Spring Festival, aside from tourist attractions, are temples and wealthy temples. The expectation for the God of Wealth and good fortune far outweighs the desire to celebrate the Spring Festival joyfully. People seek help from deities in the hope of improving their economic income for the coming year.
The ninth China-Japan-Korea YMCA Peace Forum was hosted in Shanghai from February 1 to 4 to promote "peace, mutual assistance, and common progress."
As the largest annual migration in the world is ongoing, a large percentage of the church in China has suspended services and many migrant workers stop attending church in their hometowns during the Chinese New Year.
The Wutongshu Youth Growth Service Center of the Taicang Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, conducted a psychological charity workshop on winter vacation.
An urban church explores to expand its marriage ministry to local communities to become a purely public welfare ministry independent of the church.
Korean Cult 'Shincheonji' Suspected to Host Christian Conference in Hong Kong to Attract Mainland Believers
A special conference, claimed to be initiated through collaboration among churches and pastors from Hong Kong and mainland China, was suspected to have been organized by the Korean cult 'Shincheonji Church of Jesus.'
A pastor from a northern church pointed out that Christians need to have a correct mindset toward serving in the church.
Through observation and analysis in 2023, Christianity in China became the same as it was before the pandemic, but many differences also emerged, resulting in far-reaching changes.
Full-time pastors and ministers often face a significant income gap compared to the need to support their families and children's education. It is a matter of concern whether pastors can venture into business. Five pastors from different provinces in China, each with over 20 years of pastoral experience, expressed their views on the issue.
Christmas is one of the most important festivals in global churches, and it is especially so in China. Compared with Easter, Christmas is obviously more atmospheric and receives more attention in China.
As pastors have been studying external teaching materials to increase memberships, issues have arisen during the process. Three pastors discuss how to make these materials more contexualized in the Chinese context.
A pastor highlighted three things the church in China needs to focus on: teaching truth, tracing church history, and sharing the gospel.
A pastor highlighted that before marriage and love, Christians should first build a strong foundation of faith. They should then seek someone whose beliefs and life align with their own rather than pursue those who excel in varied areas.
A pastor suggested that Christians have clear spiritual eyesight, correct misconceptions, and renew their minds.
A church in Guangxi held a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of a new church.
Sister Yuan who becomes much less committed to her church since the pandemic is not a single case. Her life experience may offer a conclusion about a current situation in Christianity: believers may tend to be more atomized.