City Harvest Church of Singapore: An Ecclesial Paradigm for Pentecostalism in the Postmodern World

In: Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Author: Kim-kwong Chan

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Despite the introduction of Pentecostalism more than a century ago among Chinese Christians in Greater China and in the diaspora, charismatic influence has remained a fringe element in Chinese churches. Mainstream Chinese Christians view Pentecostalism as unorthodox, irrational, chaotic, and self-enclosed, while some Chinese Christian leaders regard it as heterodox and dangerous. In addition to the strong anti-charismatic theological tradition of Chinese fundamentalism, the Confucian tradition may also inhibit the growth of charismatic worship. Nevertheless, City Harvest Church 城市丰收教会 (CHC) in Singapore, with its emerging version of Pentecostalism, has taken root in a culturally and theologically conservative social context and offers a workable ecclesial paradigm that extends beyond the Chinese community into the postmodern world. The ecclesial mode of CHC has already been replicated in more than forty-seven affiliated churches in nine countries. This chapter examines the ecclesial paradigm of CHC and its paradigmatic challenges to Chinese Christianity in particular, and global Christianity in general.

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