A History of the Church in China since 1949

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A History of the Church in China since 1949


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 43 MinutesTime Required: 34 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


With almost twenty percent of our world’s population, China is a large mission field. This course presents a history of Protestant Christianity in China since 1949, tracing the development of the church within the context of modern Chinese history. Learners examine the influence of politics on religious and church life, and study the Party’s influence upon both the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the independent house churches. The course begins with a discussion of church and state relations and concludes with spiritual lessons learned from Chinese history. Students are encouraged to appreciate the tremendous needs and opportunities in China, and to reflect on how God might use them for Chinese ministry.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorJonathan Chao, PhD (1938-2004)
  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD
  • Westminster Theological Seminary, MDiv
  • Geneva College, BA


  1. Explain the history of state and church relations in China.
  2. Trace the political development of China since the Communist Party’s establishment in 1949 and show the effect of politics on religious policy.
  3. State the nature of Chinese communist religious policy and explain how it functions in conjunction with the Religious Affairs Bureau, the patriotic religious organizations, and the Public Security Bureau.
  4. Develop viable approaches to China ministries for the present and future.


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