North India Bible Training (NIBT) trains church leaders in north India to study, apply and teach God’s word effectively, so that they can train others.
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.
NIBT 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.
This year, we have been doing most of our NIBT workshops on Zoom. At the beginning of the year lockdown was relaxed a little so we could have one in-person workshop in February 2021 in Delhi. Soon after that, COVID-19 spread very quickly and dangerously so we had to stop again and move onto Zoom.
Our pastors from all over North India were desperate to come together and learn from the Bible so, after a gap of six months, we held an NIBT in-person workshop in September. This was in Sattal in the state of Uttrakhand, because in-person gatherings were still not allowed in Delhi. The workshop took place from 20 – 23 September and 60 leaders came together.
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