中國代禱之頁:不同年代領袖的需要

中國代禱之頁:不同年代領袖的需要

不同年代的教會領袖,他們的需要都是獨特的。第三代領袖正是在教會擔當核心同工,他們在信徒牧養及教會管理上忙不過來;雖然努力完成每項工作,但卻在許多時候忽略了平衡。而預備接捧的第四代領袖缺乏學習榜樣,習慣於停留在理論研習,忽略實踐和情感,成為牧養信徒心靈需要的限制。

求主憐憫第三代領袖,讓他們懂得停下,檢視與神的關係是否親密;也在需要時,接受督導以避免耗盡。並求主為第四代領袖預備生命師傅,與他們既談事奉困難也談個人掙扎,學習成為情理兼備的領袖。

Pray for China: The needs of church leaders of different generations

Church leaders of different generations have different needs. Third-generation leaders, who are now core church leaders, are so overwhelmed with ministering and church management work that they tend to lack a balanced life. Meantime, models are lacking for fourth-generation leaders who have remained at the stage of learning theories but lack practical experience. It limits their ability to address believers’ spiritual needs.

May the Lord have mercy on third-generation leaders, help them learn to pause and review their relationship with God, and avoid burning out. May He prepare life mentors for fourth-generation leaders, ones who can discuss personal struggles and ministry difficulties with them to help them become leaders with the ability to think logically and feel others’ needs.

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中國代禱之頁:初職傳道的生活困難

中國代禱之頁:初職傳道的生活困難

因受內地疫情影響,有些地區的神學院校畢業生仍未能領取畢業證書,在未取得傳道工人的資格時,只能在工場當義工;亦有畢業生因學校的小區在之前的日子被封,嚴重影響課堂的進度而可能要延長一個學期才能畢業。不能預計的延期加上疫情下工資不穩,這確實磨蝕初職傳道服侍的心志。

求主眷顧初職傳道,剛進入前線全職服侍,便經歷工資上的難處,他們不僅要應付自己的生活需要,也要擔心父母的供養,求主堅固他們的服侍心志及供應他們的生活所需!

Pray for China: The financial difficulties of novice preachers

Graduates of some theological seminaries have not yet been able to work properly because the pandemic has kept them from receiving their certificates. They can only work as volunteers now. Others could not graduate in time because of the suspension of classes previously, and they may need to defer one more semester. The delay and unstable income under the pandemic have eroded the determination of some newly-trained preachers.

May the Lord bless the novice preachers who need to provide for themselves and their parents. May He strengthen their determination to serve and provide for their needs!

中國代禱之頁:在性教育上支援父母

中國代禱之頁:在性教育上支援父母

現在的孩子比以往早熟,加上互聯網的普及,孩子和青少年從不同的媒介都可以接觸到性的話題,當中的資訊或會扭曲和不正確。因此,孩子在踏入青春期之前,先從父母那裡獲得正確的性知識是很重要的。然而,許多父母既不願又不懂與兒女分享,又或誤以為這是學校的責任。

求主使用系統性的性教育課程裝備牧者及信徒領袖,並差派他們以此來服侍社區中的家長,一方面提升家長對性教育的認知;另一方面,鼓勵和支援家長承擔責任,幫助子女儘早建立正確的性觀念。

Pray for China: Support parents for sex education

Children and youngsters today mature earlier than ever before, and they are also easily exposed to information about sex through different media, some of which are flawed or distorted. Therefore, it is important for parents to impart proper knowledge to children before they reach puberty. Yet many parents are neither willing nor know how to share related information with their children. Some wrongly think it should be left to schools to provide sex education.

May the Lord equip pastors and Christian leaders with a systematic sex education curriculum, use them to enhance parents’ understanding about sex education, and encourage, support parents to shoulder the responsibility of instilling proper concepts among their children.

中國代禱之頁:禱告記念受感染的牧者

中國代禱之頁:禱告記念受感染的牧者

三年來,內地教會因應新冠疫情的反覆,在聚會安排及信徒牧養上不斷作出調節,付上的心力可想而知。但近月令他們更感吃力是,不少牧者也受感染,分別有東北區及中南區的牧者分享他們和家人接連受感染,身體不適,這些情況在其他地區也有出現。加上,有許多信徒病倒,聚會要暫停;社區有許多民眾發燒,相關藥物的供應不足。

求主醫治受感染的人們,讓他們的身體能儘快恢復,後遺症減至最少;並求主保護社區中的民眾,特別是老年人,減少重症,以及有穩定的藥物供應。

Pray for China: Pray for the infected

The fluctuating pandemic over the past 3 years has forced churches to make adjustment in gatherings and ministries, adding to pastors’ workloads. What’s worse is that many pastors have also been infected recently. Pastors from the Northeast and South-central regions respectively shared that they and their families were infected one after another and felt unwell. These situations also occurred in other regions. Some gatherings had to be cancelled due to believers getting sick. Medicine in some communities where many people were struck down with fever was in short supply.

May the Lord heal the infected, help them recover as soon as possible with minimum lasting effects. May the Lord protect communities, especially the elderly, reduce the number of serious diseases and keep a stable supply of medicines.

中國代禱之頁:生命師傅,建立領袖!

中國代禱之頁:生命師傅,建立領袖!

面對現今複雜多變的環境,如:疫後的服侍新常態、經濟下行帶來社會民生的影響、線上牧養的空間受限等,作為教會領袖在信徒牧養及教會管理上,需要多方面的裝備。領袖需要整合個人經驗、知識與技能,以及順著聖靈的感動來帶領,但這都不是在課堂上可以學習到的。

求主為教會領袖預備「生命師傅」,藉著同行與持續引導交流,讓領袖透過榜樣及故事來把複雜的實況與理論整合,能應對信仰及生活層面的牧養挑戰。

Pray for China: Life mentors, Build up leaders!

In an environment full of change, such as the new normal after the pandemic, economic downturn impacting people’s livelihood, limitations on online ministry etc., church leaders need to be equipped for various areas such as pastoral for believers and church management. Leaders need to integrate personal experience, knowledge, and skills, and follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance as they lead. All these cannot be learned in the classroom.

May the Lord prepare ‘life mentors’ for church leaders who can, through exchanges and walking with their mentors, integrate theories with life’s complexities to cope with the challenges to their ministry.

中國代禱之頁:走進社群,祝福社區!

中國代禱之頁:走進社群,祝福社區!

教會需要進入社群,才能接觸未信的一群。然而,要讓教會融入社會,傳道人需要認識及善用所在社區的民眾需要。其中一位中南區縣城教會的傳道人,她帶領詩班通過喬遷之喜、祝壽、結婚、治喪等聚會來傳福音,一方面能關懷居民需要,同時也能為主作美好見證。此外,一些在城市的教會,傳道人會帶領信徒,籌劃不同的康體活動,接觸青年人。

求主悅納教會領袖和信徒走進社群的服侍,盼望不同年齡層的市民能藉此接觸福音;並求主賜智慧給傳道人,能在社區中尋找更多服侍的機會。

Pray for China: Enter and bless the community!

Churches need to enter communities to get in contact with non-believers. Yet for churches to integrate into society, preachers need to understand and make good use of residents’ needs. A preacher in a church in the Southcentral region preaches the gospel through choir ministry, singing at housewarming gatherings, birthday celebrations, marriage ceremonies, funerals etc. Her team witnesses for the Lord while extending care and concern to the people. In some urban churches, preachers lead believers in organizing various recreational activities targeting the youth.

May the ministries of the church leaders and believers be pleasing to the Lord, and expose people of different ages to the gospel. May the Lord give wisdom to preachers to help them find more chances to serve Him in the community.

中國代禱之頁:走進家庭,活出主愛!

中國代禱之頁:走進家庭,活出主愛!

中國北部(包括華北、西北、東北)是國家防疫政策下最受影響的一群。當地神學院校的老師,他們同時又是教會牧者,卻沒有因為政策而停止牧養,當中有老師安排日程來關愛居家隔離的弟兄姊妹、老人、近期有病臥床的,更給幾位彌留之際的弟兄姊妹做臨終關懷,陪伴談道,唱詩禱告等。這段日子,老師們善用探訪、陪伴、關懷的具體行動,成為了最重要及最能活出主愛的牧養。

願主賜福這些牧者為小子們送上一杯涼水的事奉,更願主的名在每個家庭被高舉,得榮耀。

Pray for China: Enter families, live out God’s love!

Northern China (including the North, Northwest and Northeast) is the region most affected by the country’s anti-Covid19 policy. But teachers of theological seminaries there, who are also church pastors, have continued with their ministry despite the policy. Some took time to care for brothers and sisters being quarantined at home, elderly people, and the bedridden. They even sat beside brothers and sisters who were on the verge of death, sharing the gospel, singing hymns, praying for them. By visiting, accompanying, and caring for the sick, the teachers engaged in the most important ministry that also reflects God’s love.

May the Lord bless the pastors and may His name be exalted and honoured at every home.

中國代禱之頁:珍惜食物,從小養成!

中國代禱之頁:珍惜食物,從小養成!

中國科學院地理科學與資源研究所一直關注如何減少食物浪費的問題,他們提倡「食育」,就是有關飲食知識和良好飲食習慣的培養教育,告訴孩子們吃甚麼、為甚麼吃、如何吃。近年有一些小學也關注這方面的教育,華北區有小學開設農事課堂,帶學生走進農田,認識食糧種植與生產的不易,培養珍惜糧食的好習慣。

求主憐憫,在世界不同角落,有些地區物質較豐富,有些卻面對糧食短缺,期盼人們從小養成珍惜食物,並將這種飲食教育延伸到人格培養上,如:學習節儉、願意與缺乏的人分享等。

Pray for China: Cultivating the habit of cherishing food !

In order to reduce food waste, the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences is promoting ‘eating education’, cultivating among children proper eating habits, why we eat, and how. In recent years, some primary schools have engaged in similar education, e.g., some in Northern China have taken students out to farmlands to let them understand the difficulties of growing food crops, so as to nurture in them the habit of cherishing food.

May the Lord show mercy to the world where some regions are facing the problem of food shortage while others have abundant crops. May children develop the habit of cherishing food since a tender age and positive character traits such as being frugal and willing to share with those who lack resources.

中國代禱之頁:「信二、三代」,信仰的挑戰

中國代禱之頁:「信二、三代」,信仰的挑戰

在過去二三十年教會增長期內,有不少信徒成家並誕下「信二代」甚至「信三代」,這批年輕生命已進入大專或初職階段,但礙於生活日程、靈命不深又或移居其他內地城市而減少參與教會,信仰追求並不熱切。

求主賜智慧給牧者,除了邀請青年人出席崇拜和團契外,嘗試更多善用貼近他們的溝通方式,如:社交平台、短聚或優閒活動等,先了解他們切身的生活現況,待建立關係後,才按他們的需要展開信仰的分享,及鼓勵他們重投教會生活。

Challenge to the faith of second, third-generation believers

As a result of church growth in the past 20, 30 years, the second or third generation of believers have already entered tertiary institutions or started working. But due to hectic schedules, migration to other cities or lack of deep faith, many are not zealous about religious pursuits.

May the Lord give wisdom to pastors to communicate with them in ways they are used to, e.g., through social media, short gatherings or leisure activities etc., and then after establishing relationships with them, share faith and encourage them to develop a church life.

中國代禱之頁:復常路上,教與學的挑戰

中國代禱之頁:復常路上,教與學的挑戰

隨著不少內地神學院校已於9月下旬舉行開學禮,面授課堂也開始恢復,但在復常路上仍有不少挑戰,如:老師及學生們需要時間重拾課堂的節奏、同學之間建立群體生活及團契等;又如:有些學校的老師被派到其他省份進修,學習國情,學校減少了教學人手,令其他老師教學的擔子百上加斤。

求主眷顧院校學生面對挑戰時,能視作操練的機會,以助未來全職服侍時,能靈活應對不同處境的困難。此外,院校教學人手一直也有殷切需要,求主感動及差派更多教牧領袖願意接受裝備,委身神學教育的服侍。

Pray for China: The challenge of teaching and learning

Though face to face teaching has resumed at many theological seminaries in China, challenges remain on the road of returning to normalcy, e.g., teachers and students need time to adjust to classroom learning, students need to establish a group / fellowship life etc.; in some schools, teachers are under a heavy workload after some of their colleagues were sent to other provinces for further national studies.

May the Lord help students cope with the challenges and look at them as chances to learn to adjust to difficulties with flexibility, as a preparation for the future pastoral service. May He move and send more church leaders to take part in theological education.