The church in north India has grown rapidly in the last 10 years - over one million people have turned to Christ in a decade. The result of this is that thousands of small house churches have formed, each led by an independent, often untrained pastor. There is an urgent need to train up leaders for these churches, who can teach the Bible effectively and equip the new believers to live as Jesus’ disciples.
North India Bible Training (NIBT) serves to equip this growing body of Christians in North India. The programme seeks to train church planters and other leaders to study, apply and teach God’s word effectively, so that they can train others.
Workshops and conferences are run throughout the region, led by a small number of Hindi-speaking trainers. These bible teachers train a group of ‘A’ trainers (50-100 people), who then teach ‘B’ trainers (600-1,000 people). All participants return to their home parishes equipped to pass on what they have learned to other leaders within their house church. This ‘multiplication’ model has already succeeded in furnishing many thousands of North India’s small churches with trained bible teachers, who can help their congregations understand God’s word.
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North India Bible Training (NIBT) is a non-formal training for pastors and church planters among Hindi and Nepali speaking people. It is non-denominational, bringing together a network of like-minded leaders who have the same passion for developing preaching among ministers who have little or no seminary training. If we want to see healthy churches in India, we need to prepare committed preachers to study the word of God, apply it in their lives and preach it with passion. The challenge before us is that there is a rapid growth of churches all over North India and many of the leaders and pastors are not well educated. They are appointed by their own village church and their own community as a pastor. How are these leaders trained in their own context? They are barely able to read their bible and some of them are just oral learners.
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