The China Christian Council (CCC) and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of Protestant Churches in China (TSPM) delegation, led by Rev. Dr. Feng Gao, President of the China Christian Council, visited Global Ministries at the United Church of Christ's office in Cleveland Sept. 22-24, 2016. Both sides shared their fruitful and joyful mission works as well as past challenges. The CCC has more than 40 million church members with 400,000- 500,000 people baptized every year. However, there are only about 3,000 pastors, 6,000 elders, and 190,000 church volunteers to serve the church in China. The number of graduates from the 22 seminaries in China is far below the needs of the church. Together we are looking forward to a closer ecumenical partnership in the future.
Members of the Chinese delegation came from Anhui, Henan, and Shandong Provincial Christian Councils, Nanjing Theological Seminary, and the CCC/TSPM national office.