On a recent trip to India, a team of us had the privilege of encouraging, equipping, and challenging leaders of tribes spread across the northeast portion of this nation. One of our goals was to get them interested–even engaged in–our church multiplication strategy in that part of the world. They listened with interest, but with reservations–until one of their own testified.
One of their pastors had been involved for two years with our close partner in church planting, TTI. He shared how he had tried to plant churches for years with very little success. Since aligning with TTI, he has helped start seven churches (in two years) and has personally baptized over 80 new believers. These were impressive results–far superior than anything any of the others had been a part of. Suddenly, interest was at a fever pitch.
Why is Converge International Ministries determined to “multiply transformational churches?” Why are we eager to be a catalyst for what we pray will become church planting movements?
An Indian from the state of Madhya Pradesh helps us understand better:
“I came to Jesus in the late 1980s. Not long afterwards, I experienced a large evanglsitic crusade in a city. Impressed, I returned to my village and organized similar crusades there and in the surrounding villages for years. Thousands came, and everyone liked it. The crusades were so successful that even the lame could walk again–and walk away never to return; the blind could see–and they never looked back.” (from India: 3,000 House Churches Planted in Madhya Predesh Since 1994, Victor Choudhrie, p.38)
This evangelist goes on to describe how he became committed to church planting because it was in the context of community that true disciples were developed.
David Garrison, author of Church Planting Movements, describes the need of the church well when he states that:
- (A) salvation is preferable to lostness
- (B) growth in Christlikeness is preferable to simple salvation
- (C) so churches which foster and nurture growth in Christlikeness are preferable to individual or even mass evangelism.
Just a few more reasons that we’re committed to “multiplying transformational churches” through Converge Worldwide.