ADVERTISING
 
Friday, February 22   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Millennials
 

Christianity is growing among Chinese youth

Chinese Millennials look to the church for answers to life's big questions. 62% of China's believers are between the ages of 19 and 39.

SOURCES CBNNews AUTHOR Evangelical Focus SHANGHAI 05 AUGUST 2016 13:40 h GMT+1
62% of China's religious believers are between the ages of 19 and 39.

China's big cities like Shanghai are filled with Millennials. Twenty-four million people live in Shanghai and three-fourths of them are between the ages of 20 and 33. Chinese young people say they're moving to Shanghai for several reasons.



"I moved to Shanghai a few years ago. My friends kept on telling me I could find better jobs here. I want to earn more money for my family", Zhao Giang, a young Shanghai resident, explained.



Besides looking for jobs, China's next generation appears to be turning toward Christianity, with many Millennials looking to the Church for answers to life's big questions.



 



LOOKING FOR ANSWERS



One study from the Chinese Education Department found that 62% of China's religious believers are between the ages of 19 and 39.



"One day, my friend invited me to church after work. It was new to me. As I listened to the music, all of a sudden, I felt so peaceful. I felt something special", Li Gang, a young believer, said.



Christian leaders in Shanghai say young people are attending churches because they long for places where they can "take a break" and "express themselves openly."



"Living in the big city is not easy for them. Many of the young people share with me they face burdens all the time. Some of them just cried to me and asked me to help them", faith leader Kate Gu said.



 



BIBLE TEACHING AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE



Church leaders use biblical truths to help Millennials cope with life. They share their own experiences and tell them about God's grace.



"For the single people, I understand their concerns. I read the (biblical) story of Ruth and explained the meaning to them. I want to make sure they understood I had the same struggle before. But God is faithful," Gu said.



 



Young Chinese attend church services regularly



With the leaders' help, some young Chinese attend church services regularly. They learn to pray for themselves and their families, and they no longer feel empty inside.



"Now, I am a Christian. I am not afraid of anything. Jesus is always with me. I am not alone when I face difficulties. I won't see church as a building, it means a family to me", one Chinese youth testified.



Today, Shanghai remains one of the most important cities in China. Many churches are planning more events to reach younger generations. They believe these young people could help bring the city's residents closer to God.



"We want to use all the resources to build the bridge between young people and our Savior. They could do some amazing work for Jesus", Gu affirmed.



 



CHRISTIANITY GROWING IN CHINA



Although China is officially an “atheist country”, many experts believe that, on current trends, there will be 250 million Christians by around 2030, making China’s Christian population the largest in the world. Besides, China is also the biggest producer of Bibles worldwide.



The expansion of Christianity concerns Chinese politicians, who continue to pressure on Christians, demolishing church buildings, taking down crosses, and harassing lawyers who defend non-official churches.

More than 1,200 places of worship have been attacked since 2013, and some weeks ago, Chinese authorities ordered the closure of churches during the two-day G20 summit in September, “to create a safe environment.”



Despite all this, the first Mission China 2030 Conference has been held in Hong Kong last year, with the of sending out 20,000 native missionaries by the year 2030.Next year, the Conference will take place in Beijing.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Christianity is growing among Chinese youth
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God

Prayer, truth, dialogue between the parties and justice are some of the actions of the Church in Venezuela.

 
10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu 10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu

After one year in captivity, “the least we can do is to stand with her, to protest and to pray until we see her released”, says Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

 
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.