BCM North India Ministry Update
God gave me an amazing opportunity to minister in three states – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. BCM ministries in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are headed by Rev. Ful Chand Matho, assisted by thirteen Pastors ministering in different regions of the two states. On 28th and 29th of March, 2013, we had a wonderful meeting at AMDA, BCM Church. 150 people came for the meeting. 34 people partook in the water baptism. We then had the Holy Communion followed by the Worship Service.
In the afternoon we had a Pastors meeting and a one to one discussion. I encouraged them to stay focused in the ministry and use our God given potential for stabilizing the ministry. On both the days I was there, we had a convention which was a blessing to the local masses.
Rev. Ful Chand Matho has started a home for the destitute children. At present, there are five children at the destitute home at BCM Amda church.
Bore Well Dedication
BCM India has provided a bore well for the AMDA BCM ministry centre. We prayed and dedicated the bore well for the glory God. It is indeed a source of blessing to the believers and the neighbors there.
Church Dedication in the state of Chhattisgarh
This is the second church building we have inaugurated in this state. Pastor Samuel Lakra is ministering at Vijay Nagar, in Chhattisgarh. 31st, March 2013, that is, on Easter Sunday morning we had a baptism service and eight people took the water baptism . What a revival !!! After that we had the church inauguration ceremony. More than hundred and fifty people came for the opening service and participated in the worship service and in the Holy Communion. This was followed by a training program for the youth, encouraging them to help their Pastor in evangelism and to help the church grow and to be saved by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Twelve youth members participated in the program. We also prayed and laid the foundation for another church in Chhattisgarh. What a fruitful witness of the ministry !!! Let us prayerfully join Pastor Kuldeep Lakra in his ardent zeal to construct the church before December 2013.
Four of our BCM Pastors work in West Bengal. I had a fruitful time during my visit here. We had prayer meetings and Bible study sessions at Nagarkata. We considered it an opportune time to discuss the West Bengal ministry opportunities and also kept myself posted about their ministry updates. During our sessions, I encouraged them to come forth with a newness of spirit to bear more fruit for His kingdom, and to do so, depend more in God’s direction and faithfulness!!!
I visited each Pastor’s ministry area and met with the believers. We conducted prayer meetings every evening. Thirty two people are preparing for water baptism in these areas. Praise His Holy name…we can see God’s work being accomplished in and through our BCM Pastors in the region of West Bengal…!!!.
With the support of BCM, Pastor Joel Nayak was able to build a church building in his ministry area. However, the foundation and roof is completed but half of the construction is still awaiting completion. Undeterred in spirit, he began the worship service in the half completed hall. More than fifty people gather for worship and Bible Study here every Sunday. Please pray that the financial need to complete the construction work, will soon be met. All glory to God for His faithfulness in completing a task which the Lord has begun.
Please pray for:
- the North India ministry
- church construction at Jharkhand and West Bengal
- new supporters
- forth coming training programs
- all BCM Pastors and their families
- all financial needs
Praise God for:
- the believers who took water baptism
- the three training programs that were conducted
- the new Church inauguration at Vijay Nagar
- the laying of the foundation stone for the church construction at Chhattisgarh
- all His guidance and faithfulness
Rev. K. E. Joseph. Ministry
Our world, Our nation, Our church, Our Society need leaders. There is a call for effective leaders. A leader know the way, shows the way, and goes the way, though thoughts, words and action. We need effective leadership to respond to the reality that challenges us.
Leadership is an art or process of influencing people so that they will strive, willingly and enthusiastically, with zeal and confidence, towards the achievement of goals.
Leadership is the interpersonal influence exercised in a situation and directed, though the communication process towards the attainment specialized goals.
Leading with purpose, Picture, plan and participation:
We can identify in the story of Exodus four words that describe four separate events in motivating any person to undertake a great task.
The Purpose of the exodus was clear –to get out from slavery. But Moses made the journey more compelling. He revealed the journey as God’s will. Moses painted a picture of a bright future back in their own homeland Canaan ‘land flowing of milk and honey’. They would regain their national identity as people of God.
Moses had a Plan to get there. The people had a walk behinds him through the desert, finally, to build this people into a nation that could inspire other nation, There was a Part or role for each person to perform. Every Israelite was to faithfully follow the ten Commandments and they would be happy.
What Moses accomplished was incredible. Can we learn anything from his success. ?
Find the right purpose. Take time, search the present situation and see what is happening in the lives of people. include everyone in the process of finding the purpose. Form a clear ,concise and compelling purpose. First, collect all the people’s ideas and suggestions, brain storming, then prioritize the items according to some values from most important one to least. Formulate and articulate the purpose in one powerful message- statement, keeping in mind the end result. Keep the purpose close to the people. Keep the purpose loyal to the core values. Push the purpose to the limit. Desire- Define-Decide- Determine-Discipline. Stay focused on the purpose. Make the purpose effective.
Having a picture in our minds of our future life keeps us fixed up and energized for work. The power of imagination and visualization is awesome. Keeping in a vivid picture in our heads of the goal we want organizes our mental resources effectively. A well-drawn picture can keep everyone on track, painting a picture of the present also help fire the desire more. Even though we want to change the present situation, we need to make sure we know exactly why we are changing and moving.
Planning is the road map to our purpose. Planning deals with the actual process of work itself. Planning our work, means laying out all the steps we need to take before we begin. It involves anticipation, Goals, Objective and purpose must clearly point out.
Before setting goals we need to know four things SWOT.
It is Strengths, It is weaknesses, It is Opportunities and Threats.
Strengths and weakness are internal, opportunities and threats are external.
Forming goals-plan smart, Good leaders plan in a smart way, Purpose must be remembered, List priorities, Now is the time to do it. The goal must be specific, measurable, meaningful, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
Participating In The Purpose.
If people are not certain about their role, they will lose interest and lower their standards of behavior and belief. It involves people’s actual activities as well as the leaders attitude towards them. It involves the people’s sense of their importance, worth and significance.
Each person must have clear idea what the task is. Communication in the group is important. It creates a sense of team, the best team includes members who know what they are doing why. Communicate with credibility ,confidently and clearly.
Deep within every person is a natural desire to do well, to succeed and to excel. If that desire is nourished, the person con truly do great things. People want do well. how to do well must be learned.
Create the desire to Co-worker (participate)-STAR.
A good leader will SUPORT the people in good and rough times.
TRAIN them in the tools they need to success.
ACKNOWLEDGE their ideas, opinions and suggestion.
REWARD them when they succeed in their work (ministry)
So the purpose sets the direction, the picture fires the will to do the work. The plan sets out the order of events and participation assigns he individual and group tasks.
MODELS Of LEADERSHIP :
1) Servant Leadership: centered around service, support and empowerment. The leader exhibits concern, humility, sacrifice and group building.
(Luk 22:26-28, Mark 10:45, Mth 20:26-28)
2) Shepherd Leadership: concentrated on care, courage and guidance,(Ps.23, John.10:11, John 21:15-19.) The leader knows his people, is available to them, leads and guides them.
3) Steward Leadership: consists of trustworthiness, responsibility and accountability Math 25:14, Luke 12:42,43 John 15:16.
The above leadership models are not watertight compartment but rather complimentary.
Bynum tree style. No encouragement, anybody to come up in the leadership level.. There is a saying ; under a bynan tree no grass will grow.
Dictator style: The leader has no concern for inter personal relationship assumes that he knows what is best. The members are passive. The leader does not trust others.
Administrative Style: The leader is more tasks oriented that person centered. Gives much emphasis on efficient management, achievement and success.
Laissez faire style: The leader is over concerned for the interpersonal relationship. Goes ahead without proper direction and organization and does not initiate structure into the group.
Democratic Style: This leader is enthusiastic; full of initiative and creativity in decision making he/she consults others.
Christian/Servant Style: The leader influences through example and convinces by his presence. Leadership is always exercised with others in a corporate way.
QUALITIES OF AN EFFECTIVE LEADER.
> Confidence: Confidence in yourself, Confidence others, Confidence in your cause,
Confidence in God’s assistance.
> Optimism : A belief that the goal is not only good but that it will be reached.
> Knowledge : An understanding of the underlying problems, what needs to be done
And how to go about and getting it done.
> Concern For Others: A love and care that reaches out in God’s name to every human
> Decisiveness : The ability to weigh option, Make decision and gain the acceptance of
> Openness: A respect for the opinions of all and a desire to work with people of
Divergent views and personalities.
> Good Example: A willingness to help with even menial task, to be out in front, and to
Support the members of the group in their endeavors.
> Patience : The willingness to get the ideas ripen, to plan adequately , to wait for the
Right time for action.
> Courage : The courage to withstand the critics, sacrifice self, to resist pressure and to
Continue in the face of the adversity.
> Communication. The ability to understand what others are trying to say and to convey
Decisions and action pans clearly.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A LEADER:
Credibility– there is a connection between words and behavior.
Boldness– good leaders take risks- personal risks.
Skilled– people admire skill and accomplishment, competent as a guide.
Steadiness– good leaders can keep a level head, even when others are losing theirs.
Passion– good leaders are on fire with zeal to accomplish the mission.
Caring- good leaders take care of their followers.
These qualities keep energy focused and directed to the goals despite the many problems that arise. Real leaders serve others not themselves. They become servant leaders.
Real leaders have followers,
Real leaders lead from the front.,
Real leaders make constant improvements and
Real leaders make new leaders.
The Church and the entire human community banks on the youth to lead the world into a new era of justice, peace and prosperity.
“Genuine leadership comes from the quality of your vision and your ability to spark others to extraordinary performance “ By Jack Weleh.
“Everything begin with an idea.”
“ Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well”
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attraction “ By Albert Einstain.
10 Areas to help you grow into an effective Leader;
1)Fairness and Impartiality : Be fair to all, no matter who he is. Even if you have to be strict, the group will respect you, Do not favor a few in the group.
2) Integrity, Sincerity and Honesty: In big matters and in little things , be sincere. You will be admired when you practice what you preach.
3) Initiative, Courage, Self–Confidence, Decisiveness: Fear not if you are sure what you are doing is right. Learn to take calculated risks. After carefully judging the situation, make decisions confidently
4) Ability to make and keep friends: A good report with people will help you to
Feel supported in all your endeavors. Feel with them , know what they are going
Through . Spend time with them and listen and understand.
5) Enthusiasm and the ability to motivate others to work with zest. Be genuinely interested in your work and your team. Keep in mind the goals you are aiming for and remind your team of the same. Praise works better than unnecessary criticism.
6) Curiosity, Observation, Open- mindedness. Keep your eyes open like a child as though you are seeing everything for the first time.. Observe , investigate, Question, don’t take thing for granted . Be open to others and to old people who have more experience and learnt from the book of life.
7) Thoroughness and the striving for perfection . If you do something , put yourself completely into it. Never do anything half-heartedly. Give 100 % and you will smile at the effort you have made.
8) Resourcefulness, Creativity and Originality : Look for a new ways to do the old jobs. Be creative, use your ideas, Don’t follow the routine if you can think of a better way to do something.
9) Team Spirit, Coordination, Strategy and Execution. Walk not ahead of your group, nor push them from behind, It is better to walk with them.
10) Pick Up Skills and Technical Mastery: Learn the tricks of the trade. Be competent in your field. Master the techniques. Develop your talents as much as you can and use them. Keep learning throughout life and you will always feel young.
LEADERSHIP BEHAVIUORAL PATTERNS.
L Loyal- Dedication and Devotion to his work.
E Efficient- Brining out the best in everything and from everyone.
A Appreciative – Thoughtful, grateful, and thankful.
D Disciplinarian- Oriented on self discipline than imposed discipline.
E Economical – Optimizes use of resources.
R Responsible – Builds honesty, trust and confidence.
S Simple- Makes things easy and understandable.
H Humble- Face life with truth rather than escapism.
I Ideal – Set good example for others.
P Patient- Tries to understand and to advise than to penalize.
Life Coach. Rev. Joseph Kattumattam
In the state of Jharkhand our BCM ministry is leading by Rev. Ful Chand Matho with 13 co-Pastors. In the month of July 12th and 13th we had BCM Pastors meeting and strategy training program were conducted at Ranchi, all Pastors were presented and also evening Gospel meeting were conducted. In each evening meeting 60 people were attended. In the Gospel meeting 38 people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 23 people rededicated their life. It was a blessed time for our Pastors and the local believers.
Two days strategy training program we discuss about our goals and target, how to implement the strategy to achieve our target. All Pastors one by one shard about their ministry experience and blessing how God is leading them in the BCM ministry, and also what are the challenges they are facing in the ministry. Each Pastor is adopting ten villages, and they know the names of ethnic groups they are working with and the predominant ethnic group in their locality. And also shard about the important of training for the grassroots level Church planters for your area. Each Pastor is responsible to train and raise support for an another Pastor in your area. ( A Pastor must produce an another Pastor or a Church must produce and another Church) And also we pointed out about the mobilization prayer and form new prayer cell in your area.
Pastors come with new plans and ideas for open discussion, BCM Jharkhand Church planting vision and the strategy, and future planes. So this meeting was a great help for set their goals. It was a time for learning and renew their vision and rededicate their life for future ministry.
In the state of Jharkhand BCM ministry have three village Church buildings.
1) Village Amba- Pastor. fulChand Matho. 18 families.
2) Village Rampur. Pastor .Pradeep minz 20 families
3) Village Shivpur. Pastor. Samuel Lakhar 21 families.
Our Jharkhand Pastors are praying that within one year time ten Church building.
> Prayer for the able leadership in the ministry.
> Music instrument for the Church.
> God’s wisdom and His knowledge for the ministry.
> fund for the church building .
Please pray for the ministry.
Rev. K.E.Joseph. (Ministry Director.)
Rajasthan the largest state of India has Jaipur as its capital. It has 32 districts . The Aravali Range runs across the state from Mount Abu , which is 1,722 m in height to Khetri. Most of the region of Rajasthan is covered by Thar Desert. The state economy is mainly agricultural and pastoral. Sugarcane, pulses, oilseeds, cotton and tobacco are the major crops of the region. The Indira Gandhi Canal irrigates the northwest Rajasthan. It is also the largest producer of marble and sandstone.
It is mined at Makrana nearJodhpur. It has rich salt deposits at Sambhar and copper mines at Khetri and Dariba. The service sector boasts of its Tourism and Real estate. Because of its natural beauty and great history, Rajasthan also has a flourishing tourism industry. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur , temples of Bikaner and desert forts of Jaisalmer are the favorite spots of tourists, both Indian and Foreign. Mount Abu is the only hill station of this state. The famous Thar Desert is also located her.
In the state of Rajasthan we have five missionaries are serving in different District. All are involved in the ministry with their families and also working among the major people group ‘mehna’. Each Pastors has adopted ten villages for the outreach ministry, they are based at Pai, Bara,Pipli and Goram all these working place are 55 to 75 km away from Udaipur District headquarter . I have visited their working area last month conducted two meeting and one training program. (Below Pastor. Hrea lal is praying for the baptism service)
They have regular Sunday worship, and all other church activities are progressing. For my visit they arranged two meetings, one is at Pai and Saldrni village ( Pai village is 55 Km from North Udaipur and other is 65 Km from south) In each meeting 130 and 108 people were attended. Our meeting were started in night at 9.30 Pm and ended at 1.30 Am. It is an all night program and they provide food for all people. In the morning 3 Am we started walking for the baptism service, it is 4 Km we walked to reach river. About 5.30 am I have given 16 baptism in Pai village and 15 at Saldrni village (total 31 people took baptism in this area).
I have conducted one day leadership training for the Pastors. Ten Pastors were attended the training. It was a blessed time for deeper commitment.
> pray for the outreach program.
> One Two wheeler for Pastor. Mange lal.
> Pastors Children educational help.
> A village Church building in Pai .
In the midst of uncertainties, political turmoil and economic recession, the Word of God remains unchanged and assures us confidence and hope. May God strengthen all His servants in BCM to carry out our responsibilities faithfully for His glory.
North India BCM Ministry update.
Greetings in Jesus name.
During the last month God has given wonderful opportunity to our BCM Pastors to penetrate His word in many unreached villages. Because of your prayer uphold and enhance them to move forward with the Gospel. We continue to covet your prayer. Following our prayer request.
Punjab. Pastor Younis Masih is leading the ministry in the state of Punjab, new villages are reached with the gospel and 8 people took baptism.
Pray for the outreach program and healing for the BCM Pastor. Lovjender Masih.
Rajasthan. Mange lal is leading the local ministry . Pray for the ministry, 10 new village he started the ministry. Pray for the ministry need and preparing more people for baptism.
Gujrat. Prakash and Noel is working in Ahamdbad. Pray for the new outreach areas and for the new believers. Special prayer for the Prakash Christian’s marriage ,25th of this month, all financial need and Gunaesh kumar’s salvation.
Haryana. Rev. Mange ram is leading the ministry. Pray for the new believers and believers groups and baptism, healing of his elder son , and 8 Pastors are also working in different district. Pray for the VBS program and outreach program and baptism.
Himachal Pradesh. Diwan Chand is leading the ministry. More people are coming to the Church. Pray for the new outreach area and believers. Good health, and his Daughter’s marriage is in the month of June 2012, and all the arrangement, also some people are preparing to take baptism.
Uttara Khand. Anil Masih and Radhsyam is working in the Roorkee District. One person healed by their prayer and join Radhsyam church worship. Every Sunday he and his family attending the Sunday worship. Pray for the new believers. Anil Masih’ s marriage. New outreach area.
Utter Pradesh. Anil Masih and Nison Das. Their churches are progressing and many new people are coming to the worship service. Pray for their ministry and needs. Specially pray for their children education.
Jharkhand. Ministry is leading by Rev. Ful Chand Mahot. Ministry is progressing , Our Pastor Pradep and his believers build a village Church and were dedicated for worship in the Bhwora (District). At present we have four village Church building in the state of Jharkhand. Every day our Churches are progressing. Pray for the ministry and some ministry area is very much disturbed and difficult to do the ministry, may the Lord open the door and peace in this area. Pastors children educational need, give more baptism and form more Churches in this difficult area.
Training and Pastors meeting at Jharkhand.
Training and Pastors meeting at Himachal Pradesh.
Training and Pastors meeting and baptism at Uttara Khand.
Travel and the financial need.
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Greetings to you in Jesus name.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We are sharing the mission
news and ministry experience with you the Lord has done in the past one month.
In the month of Febuary I have visited 12 villages in Haryana. And some people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. And also I am meeting our old contact in different area. In the month of February our regular Bible studies and cottage pray meeting and outreach program many people here the word of God. On the 6th of Feb. we have our BCM Haryana Pastors meeting all our pastors were presented. I have visited sackra village and started a Bible study group and two families are attending.
Every day we have prayer meeting in different area, also I am going to visit each pastors working place and their Sunday worship. We have started a morning Bible study program, started at 7 am and ending at 9 am , local working class people are attending the Bible studies at present 8 people are attending.
In the month of February three training program I have conducted, one is at Karnal and Panipat and Jind District. Two FOF and one Bible teaching program. For the FOF training program 23 Pastors were attended, we introduce our FOF teaching books to the Pastors.
Pray for the teaching and training program in the coming month.
Outreach and prayer meetings.
Easter and Good Friday program.
My family and all our needs.
God bless you.God’s guidance wisdom for the ministry.
God Bless you.