CCC&TSPM office on Jiujiang Road, Shanghai

The China Christian Council (CCC; Chinese: 中国基督教协会; pinyin: Zhōngguó Jīdūjiào Xiéhuì) was founded in 1980 as an umbrella organization for all Protestant churches in the People's Republic of China with Bishop K. H. Ting as its president. It works to provide theological education and the publication of Bibles (mostly in the Chinese Union Version), hymnals (the Chinese New Hymnal mostly), and other religious literature. It encourages the exchange of information among local churches in evangelism, pastoral work and administration. It has formulated a church order for local churches, and seeks to continue to develop friendly relations with churches overseas.

HistoryEdit

In the spring of 1979, Chinese churches resumed worship after the Cultural Revolution. In order to revive the church, the China Christian Council was founded at the third national Christian conference in 1980, to unite and provide services for churches in China, formulating Church Order and encouraging theological education. Daniel Bays suggests that there is "a real desire for pastoral and congregational nurturing and spiritual development in the CCC, and perhaps a desire to separate from the direct political role of the TSPM."[1]

Together with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the organizations are known as the lianghui (两会), or "two organizations."[2] Through the CCC, the registered Protestant church participates in the World Council of Churches. The CCC serves to unite and provide services for churches in China by formulating Church Order, encouraging theological education through seminaries and Bible schools, such as Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, publishing Bibles and other Christian materials, and coordinating training programs for churches.

In the recent 30 years, Christianity in China has developed rapidly. It introduces the best developing period in Chinese Christian history. Incomplete statistics indicate that there may be over 23 million Christians throughout the country, 30 times than in 1949. There may also be over 56,000 churches and meeting points, 70 percent of which are newly built. More than 55 million copies of the Bible have been printed, 3,500,000 copies per year in recent years. There are a total of 21 theological seminaries with more than 1900 students in China.[citation needed]

The CCC/TSPM headquarters are No. 219, Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Postcode: 200002). The organizations jointly publish the Tian Feng magazine.[3]

LeadershipEdit

The current leadership were elected at the tenth National Christian Conference held in November 2018.[4][5]

  • President
Rev. Wu Wei Chinese: 吴巍
  • General Secretary
Rev. Shan Weixiang Chinese: 单渭祥

MinistriesEdit

  • The Ministry of Theological Renewal
  • Publication Ministry
  • Theological Education and Training Ministry
  • Social Service Ministry
  • Overseas Exchange Ministry

DepartmentsEdit

  • Overseas Relations Department
  • Training Department
  • Publication Department
  • Tian Feng Editorial Department
  • Social Service Department
  • Research Department
  • Administration Office

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bays, Daniel H. (2012). A New History of Christianity in China. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 189. ISBN 9781405159548.
  2. ^ Frequently asked questions about the Protestant church in China Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Anderson, Allan; Tang, Edmond (2005). Asian and Pentecostal: The Charismatic Face of Christianity in Asia. OCMS. p. 431. ISBN 978-1-870345-43-9.
  4. ^ "The Tenth National Christian Conference Closes Successfully". National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Church in China / China Christian Council. December 7, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ 中国基督教网. www.ccctspm.org (in Chinese). Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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