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Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches

 

Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches

Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches is a Baptist churches convention in Andhra Pradesh, a state of India. The churches are part of the Telugu Christian community of Southern India. Its language is Telugu. It is affiliated to the Baptist World Alliance (BWA),[1] the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches consists of 1,214 churches and 844,150 baptized members.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Activities 2
  • Theological College 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

History

American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, which changed its name to Baptist International Ministries (BIM), was channeled to the Samavesam through the Inter-Church Service Association in Chennai. The properties were also transferred to the Association of Baptist Churches. Afterwards all the American missionaries left India and the leadership of the STBC was entrusted to the national officers. The STBC is self-supporting financially.

Activities

Evangelism and the development of Christianity in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil-nadu States are at the heart of the STBC. It runs educational institutions, hospitals, health centres and one theological seminary, in Ramapatnam. There are five degree colleges, eight junior colleges, 14 high schools and 14 primary schools. The STBC has 4,500 Sunday schools with an enrolment of some 72,000 children.

The STBC strongly favours interdenominational cooperation through the Andhra Pradesh Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI). It participates actively in the programme of retreat and training centres of the AP Council of Churches, for the training of voluntary church workers. It is involved in the work of the Henry Martin Institute of Islamic Studies in Jabalpore and the Christian Medical College in Vellore. It supports the Student Christian Movement and the United Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Arogyavaram.

Theological College

The Andhra Christian Theological College is an interdenominational theological college at Hyderabad is affiliated with the Serampore University, Kolkata. The Andhra Christian Theological College in Hyderabad receives assistance from the Baptist International Ministries (BIM), as it is an interdenominational institution.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://bwanet.org/about-us2/statistics
  2. ^ http://www.oikoumene.org/member-churches/regions/asia/india/samavesam-of-telugu-baptist-churches.html
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