Exploring Sino-Spirituality


  • Enoch Wan


Dichotomized Views: Western and Chinese Cultural Influence Chinese ministers from different backgrounds tend to hold different views on the spirituality of a servant. Generally speaking, those who receive Western theological training insist that the spirituality of a servant should include: having been called by God and ordained by the church, blessed with spiritual gifts and employed by a congregation, authorized by the government to officiate wedding, baptism, funeral, etc., competent in administration, and efficient in his profession. However, ministers from a more traditional Chinese background see these qualities as secularized and Westernized. They believe that the spiritual qualities of God's servants should be: saved and called by God's grace, pious in. orientation, humble in attitude, and faithful in service.