OMF – Challenges for the Church in China

Oversees Missionary Fellowship (OMF) International is a missionary organisation created by James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905). It was called initially China Inland Mission.

A recent article published on the OMF website describes four current challenges for the church in China. THey are:

1. The challenge of rich and poor.

The challenge to the church is how to reach the rural and urban poor. Methodism reached the masses and transformed society in 18th century Britain, but by Victorian times it had often become “respectable” and lost its cutting edge. It would be a tragedy if the Chinese church goes along the same road.

2. The challenge of the minorities

Over 100 million minorities inhabit well over half of China’s geographical land area. Many Han Chinese now travel to previously inaccessible and exotic places such as Tibet and Xinjiang. Yet prejudices and an innate sense of cultural and racial superiority still exist among the Han. Many churches have little interest in outreach to the minorities, although this is changing.

3. The challenge of worldwide evangelism

China’s economic and commercial expansion worldwide, with its many trade links and aid programs to Central Asia and particularly Africa, mean that the Chinese church is well-placed to play an increasingly important role in world evangelization.

4. The theological challenge

The greatest danger to the Chinese church may not be European and American liberal theologies with their chatter of the “death of God,” “female Christ” and other inanities, which most Chinese believers would reject outright. The more subtle danger is presented by theologies which operate on the margin or even within the pale of Western evangelicalism but have strayed significantly from biblical truth.

China now needs biblical theologians who are able to wrestle with the many problems with which Chinese society is now faced and come up with thoroughly biblical answers. For this we must pray.

You may read HERE the entire article.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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