1980年7月7日英国驻北京外交官T J B George向英国外交部远东司R C Fursland汇报关于中国基督教的情况：
7 July 1980
R C Fursland Esq
THE CHURCH IN CHINA
1. Since writing my letter of 11 June, I have seen, after some gap, my usual church contact.
2. She told me that the Conference of the Third Self Movement had been delayed a little (which was a pity from a local point of view in that it had been hoped that the Conference might coincide with the opening of the second Protestant church in Peking next Sunday). She told me that the major outcome of the Conference, when it is held, should be the establishment of a new specifically religious organization called the Christian Association or League (Jidujiao Xiehui). This will provide an ecclesiastic structure for the protestant church, which is expected to continue to be a united body but almost certainly not episcopalian in form, (even if surviving bishops continue to hold personal ranks). I gather however that discussion continues on several issues. The Three Self Movement will remain the official arm of the Protestant Church, with many people no doubt holding posts in both. The new League will be able to invite visitors on a church to church basis. My contact did not rule out local variations in the structure of the church as newly constituted.
3. Another move following the Conference will be the reopening of the protestant theological college in Nanking (presumably under Bishop Ding), religious work in Nanking having in recent years been confined to research in the university.
4. Discussion of the opening of the second protestant church, confirmed what I have earlier reported, namely that for Christianity the political rot set in not with the Cultural Revolution but with the anti-rightist movement in the fifties. The priest to be in charge of the new church (which will be in Xidan) went out of circulation after the Hundred Flowers Movement. The need for a second church has been manifest for months. People now start arriving at 6 am in the present church for the 8 am service, so as to be sure of a seat.
5. Please copy as usual.
T J B George