Church Planting Movements in India, Highlights

July 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where China converges around a shared Han Chinese civilization, India is a prism of hundreds of diverse peoples and languages (35).

Dr. Victor Choudrie, then a prominent cancer surgeon in India, surrendered to the Lord’s calling to evangelize and plant churches among the peoples of Madhya Pradesh (36).

Choudrie has shaped the Madhya Pradesh movement with a potent combination of biblical teaching, lay leadership and house church accomodations steering clear of energy-sapping dependency on foreign finances (37).

“…house churches follow the 222 formula (2 Timothy 2:2).  They equip disciples to plant multiplying churches by multiplying leadership (38).”

… John Langston’s agricultural work earned him the favor of the government because it addressed their hunger needs, but John’s love for the Kui extended beyond their physical needs (40).

…missionaries opted for a non-institutional approach, offering short segments of training ranging from a few weeks to a few months at a time.  Training often coupled agricultural and rural health education with biblical messages of evangelism and church planting (40).

Traveling agricultural evangelists would spend a few days in a village teaching agricultural best practices during the day, but in the evening, they offered a deeper truth (42).

…Watson instead chose to adopt the approach Jesus had used when he sent out the 72 disciples two-by-two.  The strategy is described in Luke chapter 10: “When you enter a house, first say ‘Peace to this house, If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.  Stay in that house…  Do not move around from house to house (44).”

Bhojpuri Church Planting Movement…The study revealed that most of the churches were led by a local lay pastor and a co-leader recruited and mentored by the pastor.  The average church size was nearly 85 members (47).

Bhojpuri Christians listen to cassette tapes of the Scripture and are taught to govern their life decisions with the question: “How can I obey Christ in this situation (47)?”

“These people come to know Jesus as healer first and then stay to know him as Savior (47).”

Garrison, V. David. Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world. Bangalore, India. WIGTake Resources

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Political Pluralism, Public Policies, and Organizational Choices: Banking Branch Expansion in India, 1948–2003


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