Lack of desire for leadership in China

On our last trip to China, we learned that there is a very LOW desire among people to step up as leaders.? Seems that their view of leadership is very low.

I made this chart on my flight home comparing the paradigms in the two places of America versus China

America ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHINA
Desire to lead ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?No desire to lead – might lose face
Leaders are strong ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Leaders are weak and serve everyone else like slave
Leaders make a difference ? ? ? ?? Leaders just do all the dirty work
Leaders are criticized ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Never criticize a leader
Good models abound ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? No good models exist


Here are some more things I learned:

Three big challenges that church leaders face in China:

  • Church Workaholics – everyone in China works seven days a week and church leaders do not take a sabbath day off. Pastors are expected to work 24/7 to serve the church.
  • Top down leadership style- Most pastors lead by command as dictators.? But these students this week want to change and lead with a servant leadership style like Christ.
  • Misunderstandings about Servant leadership – the common view sees the pastor as just a servant:? “The pastor serves? everyone and does everything.”

Stay tuned for more!


  1. Dear Hans,
    I heard you speak on a chapel video at DTS(2014), and currently a student on line at DTS. I have gone to Central america, Asia, Africa and Europe teaching pastors, leaders and Physicians with marriage, leadership and surgery. I will be going to Rwanda for a week to teach 200 pastors and about 50 doctors in marriage and surgery ( January 2017). Also, God willing to Myanmar to teach at a seminary on marriage, leadership, etc. If you believe this would be beneficial for our brothers and sisters in China, please let me know.

    • Being rooted in Christ is when He is sufficient. As I abide in Him, He transforms me so those closest to me notice. Then I can give Him the glory. Love you and miss you. Have a wonderful blogging brDka.eebbie

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