The Goal of CRCI is to provide quality biblical and theological training to thousands of indigenous church planters, pastors and Christian leaders throughout India , so that these pastors and leaders can then effectively equip and lead their congregations to evangelize and disciple their communities for Christ.
We live in a post-modern world, where the changing climate of theological education and mission sets a number of challenges before us. Massive shifts have occurred in various contexts of theological education in terms of efforts to see it contributing to the growing need in mission. The long debated issue of how to integrate our models of theological education with the distinctive features of our culture remains still unresolved. It is a demand of the context that the mission and theological education follow a contextualized hermeneutical principle and praxis oriented theological approach.
When theology is culturally sensible, the gospel may take deep roots in people’s hearts. Therefore, theological education as an essential task to assist the mission of the church may need to consider inculturation as a primary task. In the process of inculturation, the language is the vehicle where Christians begin to think, speak, preach, pray and write in their heart languages.
India is also home to hundreds of unreached people groups, including some of the largest, without question the Holy Spirit is powerfully at work in India today. Reports of bold new evangelistic endeavors and rapid church growth are coming from numerous areas, especially in the tribal zones, but also among former Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.
India is really more like a continent than a nation. Within its 29 Union States and 6 Union Territories, 222 languages are spoken by more than 10,000 people each (including 18 official languages), and 25 scripts are used. Immense cultural differences can be observed between north and south, between west and northeast, and between urban, village and tribal. Dr. K.S. Singh of the Anthropological Survey of India (1991) has identified 4,693 communities or people groups. He says, “Nowhere in the world have so many streams mixed, with such diversity.”
more than 80% of Christians in India are lead by Pastors with insufficient Theological Training or Theological Education.
“Most church leaders in India today have no formal training, a condition that can lead to abuses in power, false teaching and even a false gospel.”
Lack of leadership – and lack of trained leadership – can lead to a false gospel. Scripture commands pastors to “teach what accords with sound doctrine…” (Titus 2:1 ESV). The risk of poorly trained pastors and leaders can result in “a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you…” (Galatians 1:8 ESV).
Training is vitally needed – but for most pastors and leaders in , the barriers to quality training are great:
• Limited availability
• Family obligations
CRCI seeks to overcome these barriers and meet the growing need for biblical and theological training throughout India. CRCI believes that the most effective way to reach and disciple a nation is by training national pastors and leaders – who already know the language, culture, and customs – so that they can reach and disciple their own people for Jesus Christ.
Growth and Fruitfulness Under God’s Blessing
Since 2004, God has used CRCI to:
• Train over 3600 pastors and Christian leaders in India.
• Teach and serve an estimated 2 million people through the pastors trained by CRCI (each pastor serves a church of approximately 50).
As pastors have been trained and empowered, people within their congregations have been saved, discipled, and taught the Word of God – and communities have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
“What excites me most is that over and over, when we go back to many of these same cities and villages, we see pastors that are more mature, congregations that have grown deeper in their walks with Christ, and even entire villages that have been transformed because of a church that has learned ‘what the church is supposed to be and do’ within a community.”(Paul Madson)
Moreover, since 2009, CRCI has been committed to these ministry values:
• Kingdom Minded
• Spiritually Thriving
• Indigenous in Practice
• Committed to Multiplying
These accomplishments and ministry distinctives position CRCI for even greater growth and effectiveness under God’s blessing…
Seizing Wide-Open, Double-Door Invitations
GRCI has wide-open, double-door invitations to train pastors in every corner of India . God, by His grace and for His glory, continues to expand the influence of CRCI in India .
CRCI is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40) as we provide training for pastors and leaders in India. These pastors and leaders then teach, train and disciple the men, women and children under their influence and care. These indigenous Christians then continue the process of carrying out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment throughout their extended families, neighborhoods, villages, cities and entire nations!
Our Grand Vision is ultimately found in Revelation 7:9-12. This is what gets us up every morning with passion and drive…This is what motivates us day in and day out….
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’”
That is a vision not only worth living for, but worth dying for!
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