In part two of this series we looked at the transition from leading to modeling. For many foreign organizations, China’s new Overseas NGO Law is hastening this transition. Duties that had been the responsibility of foreign workers must be passed to local colleagues as the role of foreign leaders is redefined.
On the other hand, while the Chinese government is making it more difficult for foreign organizations to operate in China, it is encouraging local groups to join the NGO sector in meeting needs that the government has identified as priorities. Like the new overseas NGO registration process, the road to successfully establishing a local NGO is not necessarily a smooth one. Yet for China’s Christians, the burgeoning local NGO sector provides a legal avenue for social engagement in a variety of areas.