What is the Status of the Church in India? Answering that question is not simple because the body of Christ in India is complex.
On one hand, India is home to a massive Gospel Deprived community. In fact, it is home to the largest concentration of the Gospel Deprived out of any single country. According to the Joshua Project, India has nearly 2,300 distinct unreached people groups. In the midst of this reality, one must note another reality. The Church in India began not long after Christ established the Church.
Think about it. The Body of Christ in India has existed for nearly 2,000 years with no major disruptions that I can find. With this in mind, why are there 2,300 distinct unreached people groups (UPG) in India today?
To help you process my original question in my first sentence, click below to read what Aasim (SRC’s India Director) shares regarding three different types of churches in India.
President, Silk Road Catalyst
As a Hindu background believer, I have been able to interact with a number of Christians from different churches and backgrounds. As such, I have identified three main Christian congregations that exist within India. Granted, I am generalizing whole groups and not every individual congregation under each category is exactly the same. But, my aim is to give you a glimpse into the reality of India so you can pray with and for us.
The first type of Church is what I call the “So called Church”.
The second type of Church is the Mainstream Church.
The third and final kind of Church is the House fellowships.
In conclusion, I believe there are some good churches within all three categories but each category does have a general DNA to it. As such, I strongly believe house churches have many advantages over traditional style churches.
I believe house church can and do penetrate lostness more often than traditional churches. I believe house churches (those I have observed) equip their members better at evangelism and discipleship. I like the way house churches tend to operate because I believe every member in every church should be trained with the intent to start new smaller house churches that can penetrate more Gospel Deprived communities across India. Given the number of Gospel Deprived peoples in India, many house church strategies have a greater chance of multiply disciples faster among the Gospel Deprived than a traditional church does.
Recent Journey to India 10/15/2015
The Remarkable Three 07/13/2015
Presence of Legitimacy 07/06/2015
Work or Missions? 06/26/2015
Too old & Inexperienced 04/14/2015