house churches

“Jesus Loves China, Too”

Since news broke of activist Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest late last month, Chinese-born and Texas-based Pastor Bob Fu and his organisation ChinaAid have often featured prominently. Fu was a major conduit of...

Inside China’s Underground Churches

At China Real Time Report, Brian Spegele describes two pastors and the house churches they lead, whose differences illustrate the broad spectrum of Chinese drawn to Christianity. The amiable Mr. Zhang had a propensity for...

China Detains Church Members at Easter Services

The crackdown on the Shouwang house church in Beijing intensified over the Easter weekend. From the New York Times: The authorities stepped up a three-week campaign against an underground Christian church on Sunday, detaining...

China Detains Underground Church Followers

Police have again detained followers of Shouwang church, an underground house church in Beijing. Last weekend, more than 100 worshippers were detained by police during a service, but most were later released. From AFP: Police...

Beijing Christians Detained (Updated)

A group of Christians in Beijing’s Haidian district has been detained by police, a week after their eviction from the restaurant where they had previously held services. From the Associated Press: Beijing police on Sunday...

Christians Come Under Attack in China

Members of a Christian house church in Linfen were violently attacked by local officials, the Toronto Star reports: As he lay there he could hear a man yelling, “Beat them. Beat them as hard as you like. I’ll take responsibility...

Supporting Chinese Christians

From “Before there was persecution. Now there is pressure” said an elder from Beijing’s Shouwang church in private conversation in autumn this year. He was optimistic about the group’s...

Fast-Growing Christian Churches Crushed in China

AP reports on the closure of China’s first mega-church: LINFEN, China – Towering eight stories over wheat fields, the Golden Lamp Church was built to serve nearly 50,000 worshippers in the gritty heart of China’s...

Pastors Say China Easing Up on Churches

Protestant pastors operating out of illegal “house churches” in China may soon be able to practice their religion in the open. From UPI: Recent meetings between government officials and leaders of banned underground...

Raids on Chinese House Churches

From RFA: At least 10 members of an unofficial “house” church in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu have been injured after a local property developer launched an unannounced eviction raid Wednesday on the...

Sons of Heaven

The Economist reports on growing number of Christians in China and the political impact it might have on China someday: Zhao Xiao, a former Communist Party official and convert to Christianity, smiles over a cup of tea and says...



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