In China, exist mainly two types of Christian Church, state-owned church and house church. The population in the house church has outnumbered the state-owned church. What kind of the ministry mode and pastoral system should be suitable for the house church in the urban cities all over China? I have reflected on this question from the perspective of my grassroots pastoral experience combined with contemporary Pastoral Theology and then come to the following conclusion.
Currently, Chinese urban house churches lack the core guiding principle and could not bear good witness for the glory of God in the special culture background based on the doctrine of atheism. Thus, the mode of pastoral ministries should have the flexibility to be adjusted according to the need of environment, believers, and religious orientation changes. Furthermore, church would be boldly innovating the new one while maintaining the traditional mode. So we put forward the "view of integrated method of pastoral ministries" for this purpose. And we expect it could make contributions to the church ministry and mission in the period of social transition in China. We hope to learn from the updated experience of practical theology and church management abroad, satisfying the needs of church ministry on family life, Sunday study and social service, as well as integrating three sectors of Pastoral Theology, family counseling, Christian education in terms of the view of integration which is popular in the Chinese society.
We hope that all these theories can apply to our real church life. How is the effect? We use the SWOT analysis method to explain this theory which could arise more public interests, driving out better solutions, motivating and guiding them to a new direction and casting light and inspiration to the church workers serving in the Chinese urban churches.