For churches to grow and stay healthy it is vital that new believers and leaders are nurtured. SAC is part of the School of Biblical Teaching network in north India that trains and mentors hundreds of church planters to study and teach the Bible, disciple their congregations and train local leaders.
School of Biblical Teaching (SBT)
The School of Biblical Teaching is a network of churches and organisations that trains leaders to study, apply and teach the Bible effectively, so that they can train others. It is led by Rev Devender Verma and, as well as running training courses, SBT also produces audio-visual and printed study materials.
Every year the School of Biblical Teaching is able to equip nearly 1000 people by building up and resourcing a team of 12 -15 Resource People. They teach and train a group of ‘A’ trainers (50–100 people) who then teach a larger circle of ‘B’ trainers (c. 600 people). The ‘B’ trainers teach their local house church leaders, so that the movement multiplies organically from a local church base.
Ezra Theology Course (ETC)
In 2015, the Ezra Theology Course (ETC) was developed as part of the ministry of SBT. ETC provides recognised, college-level training in Hindi from a local church base.
Students are carefully selected and continue to serve in their local church setting, guided by their own church leaders and working closely with a mentor who monitors progress and facilitates their admission in appropriate study courses.
Most of the believers who receive training are from India’s poorest communities and would never be able to afford to attend a Bible college full-time. That’s why South Asian Concern is partnering with the School of Biblical Teaching and the Ezra Theology Course to help provide funding for these students.
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Praise God that Celia Avinash begins work as South Asian Concern’s Mission Co-ordinator at the start of June. Pray for her as she settles into her new role. prayermate.net/feeds…
All the School of Bible Teaching workshops in India have been cancelled. Pray for the leadership team as they encourage and pray with pastors. Pray for plans for possible Zoom meetings (many do not have good internet connections). prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God for pastors and congregations throughout South Asia who are sacrificially feeding local poor people and migrant workers trying to reach home. Pray that practical service will demonstrate God’s love through this crisis. prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God for the work of Radio Jyoti (supported by FEBA) which is heard by students in Bangladesh with the good news of Jesus’s salvation. Pray for the Lord’s protection over those who have responded as they grow in faith. prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God that in rural areas in Pakistan, support for the Hindu background Marwari community has been able to continue. Pray for those supporting these communities, and that those who are following Christ remain faithful to him. prayermate.net/feeds…