1. Mission Statement
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Mathew 28:18-20)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
2. Foundation of the Church: The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
3. Our Vision
Our first vision is “WE” – in close fellowship with God, every brother and sister who is inspired by the Holy Spirit, can take part in the ministry of the church, serving our Heavenly Father as one Body.
Our second vision is “Care” – in prayer, encouragement, love and commitment, we would like to focus on what our society needs by our pastoral work.
4. Symbolic Meaning of the Church
Haidian Christian Church is to be like “an opened Bible” with each member of the church growing spiritually in God’s Word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
5. Our History
Founded in 1915, Haidian Christian Church has served the community for almost a century. It was the Christians in Qinghua University who first gave donations and purchased six commercial apartments on Haidian South Street. Under the supervision of Rev. Li Benyuan, renovations were completed and the church was named “the Evangelical China Fellowship”. It was on October 6, 1915, that it then started serving the public. Mr. Wang Jishan was the first director of the church. Very soon afterward, the Board of Directors was established in 1918, and Mr. Liu Tingfang served as president of the Board. In the Fall of 1925, the congregational church officially approved that the Evangelical China Fellowship be renamed “Haidian Christian Church”.
In 1930, members of the church initiated a fund raising program, and successfully purchased a piece of neighboring land, Yu-ma-quan. In 1931, the Board of Directors decided to rebuild all the residential buildings and the chapel. The project started on March 9, 1933; the corner stone was set on April 10, and the construction was finished on June 15 in the same year. The entire project cost 4,540 Silver Dollars, and there were about 500 members in the church at that time.
After the Cultural Revolution, the church was reopened on May 12, 1985, and the church established the Haidian Three-Self Patriotic Committee Group (TSPCG). Ten people were selected from the church to be the members of the group and Rev. Yu Xin-lin became its director. Four teams were set up – namely the Church Ministry, Administration Team, Foreign Affairs Team, and the Visitation Team. Each team had separate rules and regulations. By this time the church had grown to more than 600 people.
In 1994, Rev. Qi Tianying became the Senior Pastor of Haidian Christian Church (HCC). In 1996, registration of family gathering locations for the Government was completed. From the time of the establishment of the national Three-self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) in 1950, “Love your country and love your Church; Glorify God and serve the people” was the motto and the ultimate goal of HCC.
From 2001 till today, Rev. Wu Weiqing has been serving HCC as the Senior Pastor. Starting from the solid historic foundation of HCC, different regulations and ministries have been effectively carried out, and the membership of HCC has climbed to over 3,000.
After SARS in 2003, HCC was moved to the Haidian Book City area as a temporary location for four years. During this period, church members kept praying for the new church location. Finally, HCC received donations of about 5 million RMB in total.
On August 1, 2005, the Foundation Laying Ceremony of HCC’s new building was held. The construction work was a great testimony of God’s love working through the support of the local government, and through the devotion and perseverant spirit of God’s servants and church members. On May 31. 2007, HCC held the Inauguration Ceremony in the current location, and worship services have been held each Sunday in this location ever since then.
“The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47