Continuing Education for Chinese Church Leaders
About Our Partner
As part of our commitment to building the capacity of global partners, The Outreach Foundation has responded to requests from the Church in China for continuing education for their leaders. “The average pastor in our province has a congregation of 6,500 members.” With those words, Rev. Keyun Zhang, chairman of the Provincial Committee of TSPM and president of the Theological Seminary, explained why the development of Chinese pastors is so important for the ongoing health of growing congregations in the Jiangsu Province. Our response has taken many forms. Since 2004 we have hosted groups of Chinese visiting U.S. churches; taken groups of American Christians to China for encounters with Chinese Christians; partially supported two Chinese pastors in master’s programs in the U.S. and brought visiting scholars to China to teach at Chinese seminaries and lead retreats for pastors. A delegation of Chinese Church leaders recently interacted with faculty and administrators of Fuller Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary to explore innovative programs for theological education. While their realities are very different, common elements such as the use of technology and the importance of the spiritual formation of pastors were carefully considered.
This project has enabled groups of American Christians to get to know individual Chinese Christians one-on-one, deepening their understanding of the Church in China. Chinese leaders testify that they have developed new and broadened perspectives for their ministry through the continuing education experiences outside of China provided by this project.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $5,000 to support continuing education opportunities for Chinese Church leaders.