Discipling Chinese to thrive in China

In our last letter we looked at the first of three characteristics of a successful returnee: they have been discipled as a Chinese Christian to live in a Chinese context. In this newsletter we have some suggested resources.
https://thrivingturtles.org/2017/05/10/what-does-it-take-for-returnees-to-thrive-part-1/

What is Discipleship?
This 12 minute video clip by Tony Payne of Matthias Media is a very helpful summary of Christian discipleship.
http://gotherefor.com/offer.php?intid=29631

Why Contextualise?
What is the importance of considering culture and contextualisation when doing ministry with Chinese? In this podcast Australian Sam Chan and American Jackson Wu discuss contextualisation and how it works out in Chinese ministry.  Note: this podcast talks about some complex issues so you may want to listen to it a few times in order to understand.

http://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/chinasource-conversations/contextualization-and-chinese-culture

Chinese Christians and Chinese Culture
What are some of the issues that Christians face in Chinese culture? This article highlights some of the issues Chinese students and returnees face.

Cultural challenges facing new Christians

Wish Lanterns: Young lives in New China
This book follows the lives of six young Chinese people born in the 80s and 90s. Their stories are a window into what makes this generation tick. This is not a Christian book but it is helpful for understanding the culture and context of Chinese international students here in Australia.

Ash, A. (2016). Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China. Picador (can be purchased on Amazon).

Thriving Turtles – Our Values

In the last two letters we have shared our vision and mission statements.  Below are our values, that is the way we seek to work together as a team as we seek to glorify God by completing the task he has given us.

  • Faith in God – We depend on God to provide all our ministry needs through prayer.
  • Biblical – We are centred in the Bible.
  • Innovation – We value creativity and “out of the box thinking”.
  • Love and humility – We practice love and humility in our team and with other ministries, as we forge a new way forward.

Understanding Contextualised Discipleship

We have pointed out that in order to thrive in China, Chinese returnees must be discipled as Chinese Christians who are prepared to live in a Chinese context.  This is called contextualised discipleship.  Below are links to two resources we have found that explain this important idea.

What is discipleship?

This 12 minute video from gotherefor.com shows Tony Payne from Matthias Media giving a good explanation of Christian discipleship.

http://gotherefor.com/offer.php?intid=29631

What is contextualisation?

What is the importance of considering culture and contextualisation when doing ministry with Chinese? In this podcast Australian Sam Chan and American Jackson Wu discuss these issues .  Note: this podcast talks about some complex issues so you may want to listen to it a few times in order to follow their arguments. 

http://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/chinasource-conversations/contextualization-and-chinese-culture

What does it take for Returnees to Thrive? Part 1

Stuart Bullington has been working with Chinese students in the US, Asia and the UK for more than 20 years. He suggests that students need to be prepared in three ways in order to succeed when they return to China[i]. Firstly, they need to be discipled as a Chinese believer (contextualized discipleship). Secondly, they need to receive specific training in order to understand the issues they will face on returning home and to develop coping strategies (pre-return training). Thirdly, they need to be introduced into networks of churches and other believers in China (networking). In this article we will consider the first of these – contextualized discipleship.

Continue reading “What does it take for Returnees to Thrive? Part 1”