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.
âOne of the challenges is that we need to train more pastors,â stated Gao, who at 47 years old is the youngest president in CCCâs 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 â who, for the most part, do not have formal theological training â working as pastors in local churches....
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?
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
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.