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Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: Training Leaders for a Church-Planting Movement: A Case from India [Paperback]

By Paul R. Gupta (Author) & Sherwood G. Lingenfelter (Author)
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This is the insightful story of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI), a Bible institute founded in Chennai, India to teach pastors and to foster church planting, which over time had lost its vision. This inspiring story tells of the dismantling and re-building of the HBI program to return to its original vision, planting one million churches in one million Indian villages, effectively reaching that massive nation for Christ. "Breaking Tradition" is largely Bobby Gupta's story, but Sherwood Lingenfelter, Provost and Senior Vice President of Fuller Theological Seminary, comments after each chapter, giving his perspective and applications to the larger world of evangelism and church planting. Helpful research and discussion exercises follow each chapter.

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This is the insightful story of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI), an institution founded in Chennai, India, to teach pastors and to foster church planting, which over time had lost its vision. This fascinating story of dismantling and re-building of the HBI program to return to its original vision, planting one million churches in one million Indian villages, effectively reaching that massive nation for Christ, is accompanied by insightful and cross-cultural observations by Lingenfelter, Provost of Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Studio: BMH Books
Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   BMH Books
ISBN  0884693058  
ISBN13  9780884693055  


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Using a Theological College for Church Planting  Sep 18, 2007
What role should theological education take with church planting movements? To answer this important question, Paul (Bobby) Gupta presents a case study based on his experiences in India as President and Director of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI). Sherwood Lingenfelter offers his reflections at the end of each chapter as an active supporter of Gupta's work and a theological educator himself. Each of the first ten chapters of the book presents another layer of the evolution of Gupta's vision for nurturing church planting movements across India.

Gupta's father founded HBI in 1952 based on the model of the Bible school he attended in the USA, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. When his father died in 1977, Gupta was studying at Fuller Theological Seminary under Dr. Donald McGavran and others of the Church Growth Movement. He returned to India to lead HBI in 1983, eager to use that institution as a vehicle for church growth in India.

Gupta soon found that pressure to conform to accreditation standards for theological education worked against the production of church planters. He determined to change course from the expected path for HBI in order to meet India's need for more churches, without losing academic credibility. This meant branching out into non-formal training for church planters, while also making formal training more relevant.

HBI opted to spearhead the strategy of Jim Montgomery's Discipling a Whole Nation (DAWN). Research indicated that to accomplish the DAWN goal of a church in every village, or for every thousand people, would require the planting of a million new churches and the training of a million new pastors. Clearly theological training as normally envisioned would never begin to meet the challenge.

Thus, Gupta describes step by step how the vision of saturating India with churches led HBI into uncharted territories as a training institution. Chapter by chapter he builds the layers of multiple types of training that had to be added with some indication of the challenges and setbacks faced. Decentralization and cross-cultural training became crucial to motivating and building workers who could gather in the harvest across India.

The only reservation I had reading this book is that both authors seem sure that their goals could not be achieved without hefty subsidy from western Christians. At the end, Gupta warns that tribal resurgence will disrupt current global harmony, and churches should prepare for a time when international partnerships will be difficult. Surely it would then be wise to move these growing church planting movements away from dependency on foreign funds.
 
Critical (necessary) subject  Mar 24, 2007
Thnaks to the authors for dealing with a much needed understanding of what is to be done for equipping people for fruitfil evangelism/church planting. The difference between "education" and "training" needs to be more widely understood, and that too much emphasis upon "education often limits "ministry" results.
 

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