India is the largest democracy in the world. It has a population of about 1.3 billion people, growing at nearly 17 million a year. Though Christians represent a very small minority, church growth demands an increasing focus on sustainable leadership development in the vernacular and fully sensitive to the cultural challenges.
More than 70% of the population are under 35 years and many have benefitted from more educational opportunities and strong economic growth. A young, talented, urban Indian population has developed in spite of widespread poverty, poor sanitation, malnutrition, illiteracy, corruption and other social evils. The need for Christian leadership development in both affluent and poor societies is great.
Veritas College started work in India in 2000 with a desire to assist the church in its various expressions to empower believers to interpret Scripture responsibly, apply it contextually and communicate it effectively through word and deed.
Currently we focus on Northern India and training is being done in Hindi, Odiya, Nepali and English. The material is also available in Malayalam and Telugu.
Between 2005 and 2015 participants completed a total of 6,066 training modules. Currently more than 1,000 modules are completed every year and the demand is ever growing. To maximize interaction and life-change, this is normally done is groups of 10-30 people. Church leaders and members testify that the training has strongly challenged them to apply the principles of Christ in every aspect of their lives.