Chinese Christian community and network in Germany
Chinese Christian fellowships in Germany can be viewed as significant strands of the transnational ethnic Chinese Christian network or diaspora covering Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. This consists of overseas Chinese, Hongkongese, and Taiwanese Christians who have been establishing a Christian network outside of China. Their aim is to convert mainland Chinese living abroad, with the intention that the converts would eventually return to China, and themselves become seeds of Christianity. Chinese-speaking Christians have, in this way, established a Christian network connecting North America and Europe, in which Hongkong and Taiwanese churches are involved. The project will explore the nature of the connections between North America and Europe of the Christian network. How do they understand their identity in relation to China or in being Chinese? Moreover, the network of North American/European/Southeast Asian Chinese Christians not only has little connection with the Chinese mainland Christian church, but also differs from the Chinese mainland mission. The project will, therefore, compare two Christian networks and their mission by asking to what extent they are dissimilar and why. Is it because of different social-political contexts, or is it based on different theological and biblical training of church leaders who practice a different church governance and organizational system? Or is it perhaps that Chinese House Church Protestantism can be seen as being at an ‘early stage’ of Christianity compared with overseas Chinese groups influenced by longer established Western Christian versions?