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Chinese Christian Formation for the World

The China Initiative supports Chinese seminarians and pastors of mainland China, Southeast Asia, North America, and beyond with Bible-based instruction and theology-based practices, enabling a faithful response to God’s call in any cultural context.

Teaching in China

Integratively Developing Initiatives for the Chinese Church Worldwide

The China Initiative gives support to Chinese students and to Fuller faculty initiatives through contextualized training in pastoral psychology and psychology of religion, partnerships with mainland Chinese seminaries, global leadership, the Visiting Scholars program, campus-based conferences, and more.

China Initiative Fellowships

China Initiative Fellowships are available on a limited and competitive basis, taking into consideration both need and three “merit” factors:

  1. Demonstrated experience serving the mainland Chinese church
  2. Demonstrated leadership skills in the Chinese church
  3. Demonstrated academic achievement, i.e., academic degrees and/or training

To be eligible, Chinese students must possess a strong commitment to live in mainland China and to serve the mainland Chinese church while living in China.

Students who meet the above criteria are invited to apply for a China Initiative Fellowship by sending a letter to the Director of Fuller’s China Initiative, Dr. Diane Obenchain, at:

To be considered for a China Initiative Fellowship, Chinese students must complete their applications to attend Fuller Seminary by March 15, 2020, for a Summer Quarter start or by May 30, 2020, for a Fall Quarter start.

If you have questions regarding China Initiative Fellowships, please contact the Director of the China Initiative, Dr. Diane Obenchain at

China Initiative Databases

The China Initiative is constructing a number of databases on Chinese Christian resources. We are currently compiling information on Chinese Fuller graduates and their current vocations, worldwide seminaries offering Chinese-based instruction, China Initiative theme years, Visiting Scholars and more. We hope to be able to make these available soon.

China Initiative

China Related Publications

Culture, attachment, and spirituality: Indigenous, ideological and international perspectives

Explore the question of whether a more communal style of attachment is related to a more social version of religion.

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Supporting pastoral psychology in China: Methods and principles

A report on the recent developments in formal pastoral psychology in China and a review of the needs of pastoral care and challenges encountered in empowering pastoral psychologists in China.
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Pastoral Psychology

Although Confucianism is not generally considered a religion in China, the interrelation of psychology and morality is evident in Confucius’ sayings
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Attitudes Toward Religion Scale: Development and Initial Psychometric Evaluation among Chinese College Students

The Attitudes Toward Religion Scale (ATRS) was developed to access the level of interest in and position toward the five state-approved religions in China.
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Chinese psychology of religion measures: A systematic review and best practice guidelines

This systematic review identified scale development and psychometric evaluation articles in the field of Chinese psychology of religion (PR).
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Profiles of acculturative adjustment patterns among Chinese international students

This is the first study to empirically identify distinct acculturative adjustment patterns of new international students over their first 3 semesters in the United States.
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Interpersonal problems and acculturative stress over time among Chinese international students from Mainland China and Taiwan

This study focused on examining the role of interpersonal problems on Chinese international students' acculturative stress.
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Religious Cognition in China: Homo Religiosus and the Dragon

This volume revisits the “naturalness" of religious thought through new studies examining the psychological foundations of religious and spiritual expression in historical and contemporary China.
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Contact Info

Phone: 626-584-5261


Diane Obenchain

Eric Ma
Program Manager


Address: 232 Payton Hall, Pasadena, CA 91182