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New generation of Christian leaders elected to serve TSPM/CCC

ICC Note:

The torch has been passed to a younger generation of leaders for the Chinese Protestant churches in China. A conference held every five years took place this January to discuss the major concerns of the Protestant church and the vision for the future of the church in China, especially highlighting the approach to the 2008 Olympics.

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1/23/2008 China (EpiscopalLifeOnline) New leaders of the Chinese Protestant churches were elected January 12 to serve the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and China Christian Council (CCC) at its 8th National Conference in Beijing. The National Conference, which is convened every five years, brought together hundreds of delegates from all over China.

The conference marked the passing of the torch to a new generation of leaders whose average age is about 50. Four out of the 16 new leaders are in their 40s and six are in their 50s. The leaders were unanimously elected through a show of hands.

During the conference, which began in Beijing on January 9, delegates gathered to discuss key concerns of the Protestant Churches in China. They heard the work reports of the 7th National Conference of the TSPM and the 5th National Conference of the CCC. Amendments were made to the TSPM/CCC constitutions and proposals were accepted to support the 2008 Beijing Olympics and recommendations on how Chinese Christians can make contributions to the economic and social development of the country.

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