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Until the 2008 Beijing Olympics, illegal, unregistered churches in China had been flourishing right under the nose of the Communist government. Shanghai had its first megachurch, led by an ethnic Korean Chinese who borrowed church growth techniques from ...

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Evelyn Sims

December 13, 2013  6:48pm

I can't help being reminded of the challenge to the Church in the 70's of the need to prepare for persecution in the West by having smaller, simpler services able to function when scattered by persecution. It seems, since then, we've become rather enamoured by the size of congregational gatherings rather than that of (even if hidden) of the true Church. Smaller groups also give opportunity to exercise spiritual gifts rather than competing for recognition on a larger stage. I do love the larger gatherings, such as conferences, that allow for gifted leaders to give a unifying voice and fresh perspectives, but even more, the encouragement of worshipping with a huge crowd that gives us a tiny taste of the throngs around the throne, that we are part of a larger Body than the world believes exists!

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NANCY WOOD

December 13, 2013  4:45pm

Reminds me of what I have always read about the early church and how they multiplied under persecutory Roman rule. In addition to praying for them, we should probably sit at their feet.

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