Christian Missions in Taiwan as a Model for Evangeling China

Christian Missions in Taiwan as a Model for Evangeling China

Christian Missions in Taiwan as a
Model for Evangelizing China

Kwok-Sing Cheung, M.Th.
Chairman: Dr. J. Dwayne Howell

Abstract

            The purpose of the thesis is to review the past missionary efforts in China and Taiwan in order to gain insight in strategic planning for future evangelism in China. Chapter 1 is a review of the history of Christianity in China and Taiwan. The chapter provides a background to understanding the state of Christianity in Taiwan today.

            Chapter 2 begins with a review of the people and religions of Taiwan followed by an overview of the state of Christianity in a culturally diverse society. The remainder of Chapter 2 is devoted to a study of three models of evangelism found to be successful in Taiwan: 1) the denominational church modelÍž 2) the independent church modelÍž and 3) the student campus ministry model. The advantages and disadvantages of these church models are discussed.

            Chapter 3 looks at some of the main obstacles in evangelism in Taiwan. It argues that evangelism must be made culturally relevant. Christian theological concepts must be contextualized to the indigenous culture and be included in the curriculum of the theological trainings of local Christian leaders.

            Chapter 4 draws conclusions from the summary findings of the preceding chapters and makes suggestion for further study on the independent church model as one that most likely may find future application in evangelizing China.