Church of the Nazarene - South Asia Field
The Church of the Nazarene and Jesus Film ministries has partnered together through the years and God has blessed our union. The success of Jesus Film throughout South Asia was managed fairly well in the beginning but as the number of preaching points and Church Type Missions became fully organized churches it became clear that we were creating far more converts and churches than there are mature ministers and leaders to mentor and disciple them.
Pastor Education and leadership development is perhaps the most important issue facing all of the work of the Church of the Nazarene in South Asia. Field leaders and District Superintendents and leaders agreed that without a well-trained and mature pastor to shepherd our churches the consequences are severe undermining the future growth and sustainability undermined because lack of consolidation of local churches. This also produces the lack of maturity in district and local church leadership. The non existing leadership succession is non-existent. Doctrinal inconsistencies and heretical teaching because lack of knowledge of the Wesleyan Holiness and Nazarene Identity will also produce weak loyalty for the church as well and corruption and unethical behaviors.
It is clear to see how vitally important pastor education and leadership development is to sustain and to consolidate the work in South Asia. We are already facing a challenge because the urgent need to provide good quality training for leaders and pastors for the majority of the churches that already exist in the field.
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As one of the most fastest growing areas in the Church of the Nazarene in the world. South Asia is in a increasing need to nurture new committed leaders; train, equip and deploy them to continue the planting and consolidation of the church in an area of great diversity and demographic and social challenges where Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism converge on a population of hundreds of millions of people. With more than 532 million people, the population of children and youth count for more than a third of the population under 18. The latest updated information shows that more than 3595 organized churches and more than 3000 of church type missions spread out through 6 districts with more than 135,000 members. Today more than never we have a huge task ahead to reach millions of people that need to know and experience the love and compassion of Jesus. For that we need urgently to focus in developing new leaders.
As the church grows and expand to new areas, there is an increasing need to develop new evangelistic strategies as well as strong discipleship ministries aimed to make Christ like disciples in all the countries where we work and plan to enter in the next few years. The need for strong and committed Nazarenes leaders in order to respond to the challenge of an growing church is overwhelming, specially if in the next 5 years the goal is to reach and impact the lives of at least 1 million people in the field.
Literacy and Vocational Training
Poverty forces people into dependency. With no education and no skills to offer, the poor and underprivileged are at the mercy of their superiors. Through Vocational Training centres (usually 20–50 students, primarily female), NCM offers courses in tailoring and handicrafts, typewriting and computer skills, carpentry, homestead gardening, and other locally relevant and marketable skills. This enables people to be self-sufficient and to care for themselves and their families. Vocational Training classes are often offered to mothers of CDC children in the context of self-help groups and to older children who have graduated from CDCs.
Regular school education is free in South Asia, but its often inaccessible and poor children are left far behind. In CDCs children receive school classes or homework help and learn a variety of other things that will help them succeed. In addition, children do physical exercise daily and receive regular health checkups. Children and parents are trained in various hygiene and health issues, such as preventing common illnesses (80% of all diseases are preventable). In CDCs, children also have the opportunity to play and behave like children, in sports and games, cultural events, songs and drama, and many other activities. All CDCs include a spiritual component through Bible stories, songs and prayer. Children are also given basic school materials such as books and exercise books, pencils, erasers, and bags or school uniforms.