Trends and Traditions

The Gospel in China

There’s some clear trends among modern missions efforts in China. Missionaries and their organizations are, in general, moving…

  • AWAY from urban centers, TOWARDS rural areas…
  • AWAY from church-planting, TOWARDS supporting roles…
  • AWAY from language-learning, TOWARDS English-based ministry…
  • AWAY from bold witnessing, TOWARDS secretive witnessing…

These trends are… discouraging. But over the past couple weeks, I have happily been exposed to the works of several independent Baptist missionaries across the country who are bucking these trends. They are bright exceptions to the dull landscape that is Chinese missions. While I’m sure that there are good men of other affiliations who are equally opposed to these trends, I have yet to encounter a group in China with higher percentages of people moving in the opposite direction of the trends listed above. Though there’s not many of them, our missionaries, by and large, are ministering in Chinese. They are located primarily in big…

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