In 1980 the China Christian Council (CCC) was established. Within the CCC, institutional protestant denominations no longer exist and believers worship together. Differences in theological or liturgical background are dealt with according to the principle of mutual respect. Pastoral work of the Chinese churches has been expanded during the last twenty-five years. More than 60,000 churches and meeting places have been opened; 70 percent of which are newly built. Of the more than 26 million Protestant Christians, 70 percent live in the rural areas.
Lay training, theological formation and Bible distribution are among the top priorities of the CCC. From 1980 to 2014, 70 million Bibles were printed and distributed in China. Social service has developed in recent years. There are currently 22 theological seminaries and Bible schools and hundreds of lay training centers throughout China. Since the China Christian Council was founded, it works closely together with the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China (TSPM) to achieve the full program of the ministries of Chinese Christianity. CCC/TSPM is advocating theological renewal and sinicization in the Chinese church to build up theological thinking that is biblically grounded, rooted in Chinese culture, encapsulates the special experience of the Chinese church, and is able to provide a sound explanation of Christian faith in the modern Chinese contexts.