Ministry in China

What does it look like to do ministry in China? Unlike other organizations, China Partnership does not send missionaries. Instead, we parter with the local churches already in China. We want to help support them as they seek to spread the gospel by renewing existing churches and planting new ones.

Here is a look at the ministry the church in China is actively involved in.

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Why Is Gospel Renewal at the Core of Our Ministry?

For much of its history, the roots of the church in China have not always been established in grace-based theology. Instead, many Chinese believers have at times been overly-focused on purity and piety. But by doing so, they can miss the gospel itself! This leads to legalism, exhaustion, and joylessness.

The solution to this dilemma, however, is not found merely through adjusting one’s theology: the solution is through encounter with Jesus Christ himself. The person and work of Jesus are the very definition of the gospel, and only his Spirit can empower the kind of gospel change necessary to bring renewed life and vision.

At China Partnership, we help support a gospel movement in China. The goal of this gospel movement is to help re-center the Chinese church at large in the historic doctrines of grace, revolving around the person and work of Jesus himself. Such gospel renewal is vital if the church in China is to take root and weather any storm. It is vital for the flourishing of the house church and its pastors. And it is vital for the salvation of the lost people in the Middle Kingdom.

Gospel Renewal in China

Hear from Rev. Tim Keller and others on why the gospel must be central to all aspects of ministry: how we approach culture, how we approach our families, how we approach church planting, and how we approach our own lives.

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Prayer Ministry in China

At China Partnership, we believe prayer should be at the very foundation of all we do. Because of this, we also believe prayer should also be at the very foundation of all that the Chinese church does. Over the last few years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Chinese churches have begun to experience a renewed emphasis on prayer. Thus, we think it is only fitting, as a part of our prayer ministry, to pray for their prayer ministry. We need to pray for the Chinese church to pray! 

Will you join us in praying for prayer ministry in China? Pray for:

  1. Prayer to be central in the ministry of the church
  2. Prayer to be a Christ-centered, daily habit
  3. Prayer training to continue and increase
  4. Prayer to bring continued revival and renewal

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Evangelism in China

Over 1.4 billion people live in China. Yet more than 1.3 billion of China’s population does not know Christ. There is a great need for the gospel in China, but as the country increasingly closes its doors to the West this need is being met first and foremost by the indigenous Chinese church. We can join with them in this kingdom work by helping provide resources, training, encouragement, and prayer.

Will you join us in praying for evangelism in China? Pray for:

  1. The church in China to love Christ first and foremost
  2. The church in China to display Christ’s love by loving each other
  3. The church in China to love the lost in their cities and workplaces
  4. The church in China to boldly share the gospel

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Discipleship in China

The gospel movement in China has grown rapidly over the last decade, and many churches have been planted. But these churches are young. Now, as pressure on the church increases, church leaders are realizing that discipleship is a key area of need for sustainability. Join us in praying that that the church in China will develop a Christ-centered vision for discipleship, grow deeper in the gospel, and pass down the Good News to the next generation.

Will you join us in praying for discipleship in China? Pray for:

  1. Good examples of discipleship training
  2. Sound Christ-centered theology
  3. Gospel-centered ministry philosophy
  4. Skilled disciplers to be raised up

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Theological Education in China

As the gospel movement has spread in China, there is a growing hunger for biblical and theological depth. This hunger is not rooted in a desire for more “head knowledge” alone, but rather for continued growth in the rich gospel of grace. There is a great need for the production and translation of more gospel-centered resources, and for gifted trainers to be raised up who are theologically competent and whose lives model Christlike character.

Would you like to help resource the house church in China with theological education?

Consider giving to the work of China Partnership or joining us in prayer. Pray for:
  1. More gospel-centered training
  2. More sound theological resources
  3. More gifted trainers to be raised up
  4. More “heart knowledge,” not just “head knowledge”

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Church Planting in China

Despite rising persecution in China, many Christians there have not lost their desire to plant new churches. There remains a great desire to form new Christ-honoring communities that can be a “city on a hill” (Matt. 5:14) by showing the world what Jesus is like. At China Partnership, we help support this indigenous church planting movement.

Will you join us in praying for church planting in China? Pray for:

  1. Gospel roots that lead to great fruit.
  2. Christ-centered churches that will multiply in their cities.
  3. Church planters who will model Christ and reach the lost.
  4. Existing church plants to take root and grow.

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Leadership Development in China

With rising pressure and persecution in China, there are two challenges imperative for church leaders. The first challenge is for current leaders to love Christ above all else, and not to stray into legalism or love of the world. The second challenge is to raise up the next generation of leaders, who will humbly model Jesus even if current leaders are arrested.

Will you join us in praying for leadership development in China? Pray for:

  1. Current leaders to grow in their daily walks with Christ
  2. Current leaders to shepherd and raise up new leaders
  3. New leaders who love Christ and will model him to the world
  4. New leaders to love and care for the church

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Get Involved

Would you like to be part of helping China’s gospel movement? Join us in giving financially to support the work, or sign up to join our prayer team.

All financial gifts go towards equipping and resourcing the church in China with theological education, translation of resources, training, staff, and more. In addition, you can sign up to receive weekly prayer emails and a monthly newsletter in order to support the church in China through prayer.

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Shenyang is a city located in northeastern China and is the capital of Liaoning Province. It is known for its rich history and cultural heritage, including the Shenyang Imperial Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shenyang is also a hub for China’s heavy industry, with companies such as the China First Automobile Group and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation having their headquarters in the city.

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About Qingdao

Qingdao is a city located in eastern China and is famous for its beaches, beer, and seafood. The city is home to several landmarks, including the Zhanqiao Pier and the Badaguan Scenic Area. Qingdao is also a major port and has a thriving economy, with industries such as electronics, petrochemicals, and machinery.

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About Xiamen

Xiamen is a city located in southeastern China and is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful coastal scenery, including Gulangyu Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is also a hub for China’s high-tech industry, with companies such as Huawei and ZTE having research and development centers in Xiamen.

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About Chongqing

Chongqing is a city located in southwestern China and is a major economic center in the region. The city is known for its spicy cuisine, especially its hot pot dishes, and is also famous for the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam. Chongqing is also home to several historic sites, including the Dazu Rock Carvings, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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About Nanjing

Nanjing is a city located in eastern China and is the capital of Jiangsu Province. It is one of China’s ancient capitals and has a rich cultural history, including the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, the Nanjing City Wall, and the Confucius Temple. Nanjing is also a modern city with a thriving economy and is home to several universities, including Nanjing University and Southeast University.

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About Changchun

Changchun is a city located in northeastern China and is the capital of Jilin Province. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to several historical landmarks such as the Puppet Emperor’s Palace and the Jingyuetan National Forest Park. Changchun is also a hub for China’s automotive industry, with several major automobile manufacturers having their headquarters in the city.

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About Guangzhou

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is a city located in southern China and is the capital of Guangdong Province. It is one of the country’s largest and most prosperous cities, serving as a major transportation and trading hub for the region. Guangzhou is renowned for its modern architecture, including the Canton Tower and the Guangzhou Opera House, as well as its Cantonese cuisine, which is famous for its variety and bold flavors. The city also has a rich history, with landmarks such as the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. Additionally, Guangzhou hosts the annual Canton Fair, the largest trade fair in China.

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About Kunming

Kunming is a city located in southwest China and is the capital of Yunnan Province. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its mild climate, Kunming is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and cultural diversity. The city is home to several scenic spots, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Stone Forest, Dian Lake, and the Western Hills. Kunming is also famous for its unique cuisine, which features a mix of Han, Yi, and Bai ethnic flavors. The city has a rich cultural history, with ancient temples and shrines like the Yuantong Temple and the Golden Temple, and it’s also a hub for Yunnan’s ethnic minority cultures, such as the Yi and Bai peoples.

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About Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a city located in southeastern China and is one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises. The city is renowned for its thriving tech industry, with companies such as Huawei, Tencent, and DJI having their headquarters in Shenzhen. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, art galleries, and parks. Shenzhen is also known for its modern architecture, such as the Ping An Finance Center and the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center. Despite its modernization, Shenzhen also has a rich history and cultural heritage, with landmarks such as the Dapeng Fortress and the Chiwan Tin Hau Temple.

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About Chengdu

Chengdu is a city located in the southwestern region of China, and the capital of Sichuan province. It has a population of over 18 million people, and it is famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine, laid-back lifestyle, and its cute and cuddly residents – the giant pandas. Chengdu is home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where visitors can observe these adorable creatures in their natural habitat. The city also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with numerous temples, museums, and historical sites scattered throughout its boundaries. Chengdu is a city of contrasts, with ancient traditions coexisting alongside modern developments, making it an intriguing and fascinating destination for visitors to China. 

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About Beijing

Beijing is the capital city of China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of over 21 million people. The city has a rich history that spans over 3,000 years, and it has served as the capital of various dynasties throughout China’s history. Beijing is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in China, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. The city is also a hub for political, cultural, and educational activities, with numerous universities and research institutions located within its boundaries. Beijing is renowned for its traditional architecture, rich cuisine, and vibrant cultural scene, making it a must-visit destination for travelers to China.

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About Shanghai

Shanghai is a vibrant and dynamic city located on the eastern coast of China. It is the largest city in China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of over 24 million people. Shanghai is a global financial hub and a major center for international trade, with a rich history and culture that spans over 1,000 years. The city is famous for its iconic skyline, which features towering skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Shanghai Tower. Shanghai is also home to a diverse culinary scene, world-class museums and art galleries, and numerous shopping districts. It is a city that is constantly evolving and reinventing itself, making it a fascinating destination for visitors from around the world.

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