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Jesus Family Church, China
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Jesus Family was an indigenous church founded by Jing Dianying (敬奠瀛; 1890–1957) in 1921 in Mazhung, Shandong province, China. He received traditional Confucian education from his father, then embraced Taoism as a teenager. He converted to Christianity in 1914 while attending a missionary school and teaching the Chinese language to a Methodist missionary, Nora Dillenbeck. Eventually, he became a Pentecostal.

Jing’s idea to build up a novel Christian organization not only originated from religious reasons, but also from his concern with the rural problems …

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Tao, Fei Ya, “Jesus Family Church, China”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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