Bread of Life Church

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The Bread of Life Church (simplified Chinese: 灵粮堂; traditional Chinese: 靈糧堂; pinyin: Ling Liang Tang), is an independent Chinese church that was founded in Shanghai, Republic of China in 1942, which churches today in different parts of Asia, Australia, and North America.[1]


During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the International Settlement in Shanghai was seized by Japanese troops in December 1941, putting a stop to Western missions in the region. The next year, in June 1942, the Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor Timothy Zhao [zh] (Chinese: 趙世光; pinyin: Zhao Shiguang) established the Bread of Life Church in Shanghai.[2] It aspired to be an indigenous church which followed the three-self principle.[1]

By the time of the communist victory in mainland China, Dzao moved his headquarters first to Hong Kong in 1949,[1] before moving it to Taipei, Taiwan in 1954. It would eventually start a seminary in 1990 and, in 2005, the church was reported to have 33,132 members in Taiwan and 134 churches have been planted all around the world.[3]

Today there are currently 306 churches all over the world.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Tiedemann, R. G. (2009). "Ling Liang Church". Reference Guide to Christian Missionary Societies in China: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century. New York: Routledge. p. 245. ISBN 9781315497327.
  2. ^ Lian Xi (2010). Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-300-12339-5.
  3. ^ Lo Lung-Kwong (2011). "Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau". In Peter C. Phan (ed.). Christianities in Asia. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 178–179. ISBN 978-1-4443-9260-9.

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