5 minutes with Kaibin Fu

Kaibin Fu was born and raised in China and answered God’s call to full-time ministry in 2012. He is the founding and lead pastor of Trinity Chinese Church, a congregation of 200, in the Allen/McKinney area, and also a founder of a new network of Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Chinese pastors. He is married to Jihong and they have four children: David, Daniel, Christopher, and Joy.

What is something you’ve been able to celebrate at Trinity Chinese Church recently?

We celebrated Good Friday and Easter with a 48-hour fast. At Easter, our focus was on Christ’s death. We emphasized Passion Week and had a daily devotional focused on Jesus’ life that lasted a week. On Thursday, we had a Passover meal. On Friday night, we asked leaders and others to voluntarily start fasting. Scripture and prayers all focused on the crucifixion. On Saturday morning, we held a prayer meeting. On Sunday, we attended a sunrise service with other Chinese churches. At our church [we rent a building from another church], we had afternoon Easter services to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Many people were touched by the Spirit that week. Also, April 26-28, we had our second annual missions weekend, with workshops and activities. Missionaries shared. We visited local Muslim, Hindu, and refugee communities. 

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your ministry lately? 

We grew pretty fast, particularly in the first two years. We have had to move to a larger place. Our afternoon worship [time] is not ideal. We have bought land and plan to build, but construction costs are high. Our leadership believes we need our own building … for a church and a training and missions center. Our rate of growth has leveled off, also, because of building limitations. 

What’s a lesson you’ve learned to this point of your ministry you know you’ll never forget? 

Our building limitations are a visible challenge. An invisible challenge is to remember that the church is the Lord’s church. In my 12 years since seminary, the Lord has taught me that it is His church … not my church. I should not worry so much. Nor should I take credit for the church. We also have an opportunity to create a church culture. In the church, everyone has a role. As pastor, I am part of the church, but we all have our roles. 

What’s one thing you’d like to see God do specifically at Trinity this year? 

So far, we have had 26 people baptized, but I want to see more local evangelism and more baptisms. Our growth is primarily from migrants from California and the West Coast, from Chinese immigrants who don’t go to church regularly, and some people from other churches. We give thanks for the 26, but we want to see more.

How can other SBTC churches be praying for you?

I really appreciate all the SBTC resources [and] would like to see the new Chinese pastors network grow. There are 18 Chinese churches affiliated with SBTC, 12 in the DFW area. I hope this can bring these Chinese churches together, not to emphasize Chinese culture but to maximize our roles in the church. There are over 100,000 Chinese people in the DFW Metroplex. At most, 5% percent go to church regularly.

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