Builders of the Chinese Church: Pioneer Protestant Missionaries and Chinese Church Leaders

Builders of the Chinese Church: Pioneer Protestant Missionaries and Chinese Church Leaders

by G Wright Doyle (Editor)


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From 1807, when the first Protestant missionary arrived in China, to the 1920s, when a new phase of growth began, thousands of missionaries and Chinese Christians laboured, often under very adverse conditions, to lay the groundwork for a solid, healthy, and self-sustaining Chinese church. Following an Introduction that sets the scene and surveys the entire period, 'Builders of the Chinese Church' contains the stories of nine leading pioneers: seven Western missionaries and two Chinese. Here wemeet Robert Morrison, the heroic translator; Liang Fa, the first Chinese evangelist; missionary-scholar James Legge; J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission; converted opium addict Pastor Hsi, Overcomer of Demons; Griffith John and Jonathan Goforth, both indefatigable preachers; and the idealistic advocates of education and reform, W.A.P. Martin and Timothy Richard. Readers will be inspired by their courage, devotion, and sheer perseverance in arduous work, and will gain a better understanding of the origins of the two 'branches' of today's Chinese Protestantism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718894054
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.01(w) x 6.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

G. Wright Doyle is English editor of the online Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity (; coauthor of China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society; editor/cotranslator of Wise Man from the East: Lit-sen Chang (Zhang Lisheng); and editor of and, which feature articles and book reviews about Chinese culture and religion, especially Christianity. His other works include Carl Henry: Theologian for All Seasons and Christianity in America: Triumph and Tragedy.

Table of Contents

1 - Robert Morrison: Missionary Mediator, Surprising Saint —Christopher D. Hancock
2 - Liang Fa (Liang A-fa): Leader in Chinese Indigenization —Jonathan A. Seitz
3 - James Legge: Linking Chinese Evangelical Spirituality with Cross-Cultural Engagement —Lauren Pfister
4 - Griffith John: Faithful Pioneer Missionary —Noel Gibbard
5 - J. Hudson Taylor: Advocate for China’s Inland Millions —G. Wright Doyle
6 - William A. P. Martin: Pioneer of Progress in China —G. Wright Doyle
7 - “Pastor Hsi”—Xi Shengmo: “Overcomer of Evil” through Prayer and Preaching —Yading Li with G. Wright Doyle
8 - Timothy Richard: A Missionary Who Impacted the Late Qing Dynasty —Wenzong Wang
9 - Jonathan Goforth: Tireless Evangelist and Revivalist —G. Wright Doyle
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