Things are changing for the church in China.
February 19, 2013 marked the beginning of a “Week of Thanksgiving” for the newly built church in Liushi Township, Yueqing District of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang Province. According to news reports, it is now China’s largest church, with regular seating for 5,000 people. During Thanksgiving Week there will be 6000 to 8000 people in attendance. The cross on top of the church tops out at 63 meters. Wenzhou is one of the most gospel-saturated regions in China, and is sometimes referred to as “The Jerusalem of China.”
If the trend continues, one day China will have some of the largest church congregations in the world.
If history is a guide, as the church receives a more favourable status in society, the the rate of increase in new disciples and new churches will drop.
As "Barney" once told me, "Until now the Holy Spirit and the Communist Party have been in cooperation to produce the best possible conditions for church planting movements in China."