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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United Christian Prayer for India: Thank God for the 4,000 key church leaders who attended October’s conference. Pray for them as they seek God’s direction as catalysts over the next five years to reach neighbours with the good news. prayermate.net/feeds…
India, School of Biblical Teaching: Ten students graduated in November from the Ezra Theology Course in N India. Pray that as they continue in their ministries they will be effective Bible teachers and local church leaders. prayermate.net/feeds…
UK: South Asian Concern is seeking to appoint a Mission Co-ordinator with ‘a heart for South Asians around the world and a passion for transformation of individuals and communities across South Asia and the South Asian diaspora’. Pray for the right person. prayermate.net/feeds…
Sri Lanka: Although it was the most peaceful presidential election in recent history, the result is worrying for minority communities which includes Christians. Pray for sustained peace and a government that will exercise justice for the marginalised. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pakistan: Gospel work is growing in Marwari communities near Bahawalpur. Pray for those who faithfully lead this busy work. Thank God for a good number who have been baptised recently and pray for others who are drawing near to God’s kingdom. prayermate.net/feeds…
Union of Evangelical Students in India: The Students Volunteer Programme is run in partnership with all the Indian missions in more than 1300 locations under India Missions Association and Interserve. Pray that many students will join to participate . prayermate.net/feeds…