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Choice News THURSDAY, OCT 22, 2009  |  4 comments
Church Growth in China Too Fast to Keep Up With
The Rev. Gao Feng, president of the government-approved China Christian Council, told the head of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, that in his home province there is only one trained pastor for 40,000 Christians.

“One of the challenges is that we need to train more pastors,” stated Gao, who at 47 years old is the youngest president in CCC’s history, last Friday.

Because of the shortage of trained pastors, Gao explained, churches in China have relied on lay leaders. There are nearly 150,000 lay leaders – who, for the most part, do not have formal theological training – working as pastors in local churches. ...


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News Item10/25/09 4:11 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Matthew 9
37 Then He said^ to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
38 "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]

Yes, the Word can be spread by anyone, and by the Bible alone, but it is always good to have someone who is seasoned for several reasons, e.g.,
Speaking of the qualifications of an elder,

I Timothy 3
6 and not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. ---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]

and remember Apollos?

Acts 18:24-26

So, it is advantageous to have trained men, but of course Christians don't "ordain" anyone![URL=http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/Dictionary/viewTopic.cfm?type=getTopic&topic=Ordain%3B+Ordination&DictList=4]]]Ordain; Ordination:[/URL]

I Corinthians 7
17 Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL

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News Item10/25/09 2:54 PM
Frank Dombrosky | Texas  Find all comments by Frank Dombrosky
We must understand that anything "government-approved" in communist China is EXTREMELY limited. This is especially so concerning Christianity. The underground church is spreading the gospel in China, not the state church. The state church is only a token used to impress those of us in other countries.
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News Item10/25/09 11:34 AM
Watch and Pray  Find all comments by Watch and Pray
Why in the world would u need to train a pastor, when the LORD has sent his HOLY SPIRIT
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News Item10/23/09 7:55 AM
Brimstone  Find all comments by Brimstone
"that in his home province there is only one trained pastor for 40,000 Christians."

We may not accept the quote, "government approved China Christian Council" any more than the RCC or Anglicans, BUT we can praise the Lord for the seed and root that is blossoming in China.

1Cor 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

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