A milestone step towards forming an all India Baptist organization
Benjamin Chan, Katie and Taku Longkumer
July 30, 2020
The idea of an all Indian Baptist organization was birthed during the preparation of the International Ministries (IM) sponsored Indian Baptist Summit in October 2019. Not only have non-IM related Baptist conventions taken part in the Summit, there was a strong desire to turn the all Indian Baptist organization dream into a reality – and if happens, the organization will represent more than 5 million members, and will be the largest Protestant organization in India. The IM sponsored India Mission Coordination Committee (IMCC) has taken up the task. IMCC Executive Director Rev. Samaresh Nayak, IM global servants Katie and Taku Longkumer are providing leadership to this significant vision.
In a Baptist leaders meeting on July 24, 2020, 57 Baptist representatives representing 30 Baptist organizations in India unanimously voted to form a national level Baptist body. A 7-member working committee of very well qualified leaders was formed to lead the follow-up work and IMCC Executive Director Rev. Nayak is the convener. I am especially pleased with the summary of their deliberations:
Our Indian Baptist sisters and brothers are setting pace to a promising direction. We are writing and shaping history! May the Holy Spirit continue to guide them and protect them!