Mid-India Church Partners is hard at work in seven states across India and the neighboring country of Nepal. As a result of their work, over 160 church plants are operating with over 14,000 people in regular weekly attendance. Pastor Amit serves at one of these churches where he teaches and cares for a group of believers that have only become Christians in the past few years. Except for his wife and father-in-law, every single person in his church is a first generation believer! Despite living in an area where it isn’t popular to be a Christian – where it is even dangerous at times to follow Jesus – this body of believers faithfully meets and strives to live out their beliefs.
Beyond the 100+ churches meeting every Sunday, there are another 90 congregations in towns and villages across India that are at various stages of development. In one particular village where Pastor Vishal serves, there are upwards of 50 people gathering on a Tuesday morning for a worship service and a message about Jesus. They are making a difference in a village where people almost exclusively practice the predominant religion of India. In fact, 100% of those gathering with Pastor Vishal are the first generation in their families to begin following Jesus. Altogether, there are nearly 2,000 people gathering regularly in these small congregations that will soon be new church plants.
Mid-India Church Partners operates a training program for a select group of pre-qualified individuals. Upon successful completion of the program, church planter candidates continue to be mentored by the experienced church planting staff at MICP. Once the leadership has been able to affirm a candidate’s calling to plant a church and verify their preparedness for the work, they are sent into the field to begin sharing the Gospel with people. The stories of the men who have completed this training and entered the field of pastoral ministry are inspiring.
Many of these congregations are only a matter of months and a qualified leader away from becoming the next church plant.
As churches, businesses and individuals invest in and pray for the ministry of Mid-India Church Partners, their capacity to plant and support churches increases. Training leaders and planting churches requires resources, which is why your partnership in ministry is so important to Mid-India Church Partners and essential to the growing church in India.