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From 31st Aug 2018
to 2nd Sep 2018
IMA Annual General Meeting
cum India Missions Summit
at Ao Baptist Church Diphupar, Dimapur
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India Missions Association is the national federation of missions in India, which assists Missions and Churches in the proclamation of the Good news and in making disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples, languages, and geographical areas through members who partner to share resources, research, and training by their effective accountability and care of their personnel.

About us

About Us

The early Christians passed through the ages of persecution during the period of Nero and latter peace under the Emperor Constantine. Eventually the misunderstanding of Christianity gave birth to Islam which wiped out Christianity in the North African regions. Then the Crusades to occupy Jerusalem brought further animosity between the Muslims and Christians.

 

This also closed the trade route to Asia, particularly to India by the Islamic nations such as Turkey which blocked the Christian nations to pass through to India. Because of which the Pope commissioned kings of Europe to find India by sea route which resulted in finding the Continents of America, Africa, Asia and thus the whole world became the colonies of various countries of Europe. During this time the division of Christianity into two as Roman Catholics and Protestants further divided the new colonized world. The European countries which conquered brought their brand of Christianity to different parts of the world. Thus, Christianity, till today, is seen as the religion of Europe and the religion of the conquerors and some see it as the religion of the exploiters of the nations. This has its tremendous backlogs for Christianity.

 

The Protestant missionaries worked very hard and the world was influenced by the many missionaries who sacrificially worked to help people to follow Christianity. They shaped the present missions’ thinking and the total mission endeavours in the newly awakened mission sending countries. The missions’ methods and policies were strongly influenced by the then leading Protestant missionaries such as William Carey, Hudson Taylor, William Cameroon Townsend, and Donald McGavran. The philosophies and practices of mission organisations emerged from those people, thoughts and times.

 

In this scenario around about 1950s most of the European colonized nations became independent and lost the traditional Protestant Western missionary services. The new independent nations restricted visas for the traditional missionaries. Thus, the church was left stranded developing their own indigenous leadership for their church denominations. Once the indigenous leadership for the churches established, due to some revival and consciousness about the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mission organisations came into being from mid 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Background

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Origin

Origin of Indian Missions

In this scenario, in India prior to 1965 there were only four indigenous missions. From 1965 the new born mission organisations and Indian Christians became conscious of cross-cultural evangelism. Most of the philosophies of mission, methods, and policies were built on the exact copies of the Western missionaries of the past. Some were good and some of them were and are irrelevant for the day.

 

Why & How India Missions Association was formed?

In this scenario, in 1977, the newly emerged missions gathered to form India Missions Association in the gathering by the Evangelical Fellowship of India at Devlalai, Maharastra. IMA was formed to connect and to deal with the issues of being cross-cultural missions. Thus, IMA was formed by six different mission agencies (IEM, BYM, FMPB, FEF, QC & MFGA) to bring together Christian organisations in India for mutual help, co-operation, and corporate expression. Today IMA represents 243 Indian mission organisations, agencies and Church groups and about 60,000 Christian workers within India and beyond.

 

The early Christians passed through the ages of persecution during the period of Nero and latter peace under the Emperor Constantine. Eventually the misunderstanding of Christianity gave birth to Islam which wiped out Christianity in the North African regions. Then the Crusades to occupy Jerusalem brought further animosity between the Muslims and Christians.

 

This also closed the trade route to Asia, particularly to India by the Islamic nations such as Turkey which blocked the Christian nations to pass through to India. Because of which the Pope commissioned kings of Europe to find India by sea route which resulted in finding the Continents of America, Africa, Asia and thus the whole world became the colonies of various countries of Europe. During this time the division of Christianity into two as Roman Catholics and Protestants further divided the new colonized world. The European countries which conquered brought their brand of Christianity to different parts of the world. Thus, Christianity, till today, is seen as the religion of Europe and the religion of the conquerors and some see it as the religion of the exploiters of the nations. This has its tremendous backlogs for Christianity.

 

The Protestant missionaries worked very hard and the world was influenced by the many missionaries who sacrificially worked to help people to follow Christianity. They shaped the present missions’ thinking and the total mission endeavours in the newly awakened mission sending countries. The missions’ methods and policies were strongly influenced by the then leading Protestant missionaries such as William Carey, Hudson Taylor, William Cameroon Townsend, and Donald McGavran. The philosophies and practices of mission organisations emerged from those people, thoughts and times.

 

In this scenario around about 1950s most of the European colonized nations became independent and lost the traditional Protestant Western missionary services. The new independent nations restricted visas for the traditional missionaries. Thus, the church was left stranded developing their own indigenous leadership for their church denominations. Once the indigenous leadership for the churches established, due to some revival and consciousness about the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mission organisations came into being from mid 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Landmarks in the History of IMA

1977 - All India Congress on Missions & Evangelism (AICOME) was held at Devlali, Maharashtra organised by the  Evangelical Fellowship of India

1977 - An Ad Hoc Committee was appointed to follow up the recommendation of AICOME for the formation of a Missions Association. Original Steering Team – Ad-hoc Committee Members

               Mr. John Richard, EFI - (Chairman)

               Rev. Theodore Williams, Indian Evangelical Mission (General Secretary)

               Mr. R. Stanley, Full Gospel Young Men’s Association (Blessing Youth Mission) - (Treasurer)

               Rev. Lalthankhum Sinate, PMS

               Mr. N. Emil Jebasingh, Friends Missionary Prayer Band

               Mr. D T Rajah, Fellowship of Evangelical Friends

               Mr. Thomas Samuel, Quiet Corner India

               Rev. Henry Joseph, Maranatha Full Gospel Association

India Missions Association was formed with Six member missions

1978 - The first Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the first Annual Conference was held at Quiet Corner, Mavanahalla, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

1979 - IMA was registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act of with its registered office at 38, Langford Road, Bangalore.

1980 - IMA Membership grew to ten members

1980 - Indian Institute of Cross Cultural Communication – The Bible Translation & Literacy Network was formed by IMA in partnership with SIL / WBT

1982 - The First Mission Leadership Training was conducted

1983 - The Unreached People’s Survey was initiated

1985 - Mr. Ebenezer Sunder Raj appointed as Associate General Secretary

1986 - IMA Office was opened at Chennai

1990 - The First Management Seminar

1990 - The First National Consultation on Evangelism

1990 - The IMA Membership grew to 44 members

1992 - The Missionary Training Network was formed

1993 - Missionary Healthcare Network formed

1994 - The Indian Institute of Missiology was founded on September 20, 1994

1994 - The Pin Code Survey of the presence of Christian workers was launched

1994 - IMA and The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) jointly hold a Partnership Consultation and issue a Joint Statement on Partnership in Nagpur.

1996 - Dr. K. Rajendran was appointed as Associate General Secretary.

1998 - IMA Delhi office opened with Mr. John Amalraj appointed as Coordinator

1998 - Indian Missions Alliance Among Neighbours’ Network (IMAAN) was formed

1998 - 14 acres of Land Purchased for the development of IMA Centre at Hyderabad

1999 - Christian Institute of Management (CIM) was formed

1999 - Dr. K. Rajendran was appointed as the General Secretary

1999 - IMA Membership grew beyond 100 members

1999 - For the Annual and all IMA gatherings CEOs were welcomed to bring their spouses, their second line leaders and their children above 18 to start the exercise of building second-line leadership and creating wider understanding of missions and leadership. It created a new organisational culture.

2000 - IMA Membership grew to 130 members.

2001 - IMA Guwahati office opened with Mr. Lalparlien Kumar appointed as coordinator

2002 - IMA Hyderabad Office opened with Mr. John Amalraj appointed as Team Leader 2002 - A part of the IMA Centre land was approved by the State Government for the purpose of institutional use

2002 - IMA Silver Jubilee Celebrations was inaugurated at Bangalore.

2002 - The First IMA Annual Awards were presented Life Time Achievement Award and Mission of the Year Awards in six categories

2002 - IMA Membership grew above the 150 mark.

2003 - Dr. K. Rajendran shifts the office from Chennai to Hyderabad.

2003 - IMA releases a booklet on missions’ best practices after discussion by the member mission CEOs in the national conference.

2003 - Think-tanks on mission issues became regular parts of the IMA Activities.

2004 - National Youth Leaders conference was held at Hyderabad to reach Indian Youth.

2005 - Think-tanks on women in mission, emerging church planting and Younger CEOs became the benchmark for missions’ movements.

2005 - IMA Membership crosses 200th mark.

2005 - First MK camp was conducted by IMA at Pune.

2006 - Historical IMA National conference for the first time was held in Aizawl, Mizoram, recognising the unique contribution of the Church and missions in North Eastern India who have the potential to reach East Asia to begin with.

2007 - IMA National conference was held in Dehradun, Uttrakhand, North India during 3-5 May 2007.

2008 - IMA National conference was held in Hyderabad.

2009 - IMA National conference was held in Bangalore.

2010 - Rev. Sussnta Patra was appointed as the General Secretary

2011 - IMA National conference was held in IMA Vision City, Hyderabad during 13 - 17 Sept 2011.

2012 - IMA National conference was held in IMA Vision City, Hyderabad during 20 - 23 Sept 2012.

2013 - IMA National conference was held in Chennai.

2014 - Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam was appointed as the Interim General Secretary

2015 - Rev. Dr. Wati Longkumer was appointed as the General Secretary

2016 - IMA National Conference was held in IMA Vision City, Hyderabad during 26th - 28th July 2016.
2017 - IMA India Mission Summit was held in IMA Vision City, Hyderabad during 6th - 8th September 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STANDARD TARIFF FOR USE OF VISION CITY FACILITIESIMA VISION CITY

India Missions Association is the national federation of Christian NGOs in India. IMA assists missions in India to serve all people, languages, cultures and geography through her members. IMA Members partner to share resources, research, holistic service, effective training, accountability and care of their personnel.

Vision City, IMA campus, is situated on a 14 acre of land away from the city roar, dedicated to cater to trainings, think tanks, research and to rejuvenate the mission's leadership by taking off from their busy schedule. It is equipped to have conferences, seminars, workshops, retreats and trainings. It aims to bring more missions/church leadership by organizing think tanks, trainings and mission consultations to see a unified vision for the country is formed.

Vision City campus is opened for the missions and churches to come and have their consultations, retreats, seminars, conferences and trainings.

FACILITIES

Accommodation:

  • Non AC Room, Single Occupancy - 4 rooms

  • Non AC Room, Double Occupancy - 3 rooms

  • Non AC Room, Triple Occupancy - 13 rooms  

 

Amenities:

  1. Non AC Multi-purpose Hall (100-150 people)

  2. Dining Hall

  3. National Mission Library

  4. Internet Facilities

  5. Huge land space for outdoor activities, games, sports

  6. Prayer room  

 

Logistic Items:

  • LCD Projector

  • Laptop

  • Amplifiers

  • White Boards

  • Mineral Waters  

 

IMA Vision City

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Our Mission

India Missions Association assists and trains missions and churches for ministry. It helps members to partner with each other, to share their resources, etc., It assists members in research, and training. It motivates accountability and care.

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Our Vision

To connect and enhance missions and churches for synergized witness.

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Objectives of IMA:

 

To Be An Association

For All Christian Organisations and churches involved in Missions in India & beyond.

 

To Be A Facilitator

For Cooperation, Partnerships & Networks Through Sharing Resources.

 

To Be A Challenging Voice

In the Church For Increased Commitment To Missions.

 

To Be An Initiator

For Training, Workshops, Consultations, Conferences in New Avenues.

 

To Disseminate Information

For Mobilising Prayer & Creating Awareness on Mission Issues.

 

To Connect Peoples

In Churches & Missions both Locally & Globally.

 

To Be a Catalyst

In Evolving Corporate Vision, Ethos & Strategy.

 

To Empower Missions

In Caring For People Involved In Their Ministry.

 

To Present An United Stand

Before the Public & the Government for the Cause Of Missions.

 

To Establish Mutual Transparency & Accountability

In Ministry, Leadership & Management Practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internal Values of IMA

To be a visionary and a catalyst

 

To strive to be a model

 

To be accountable and transparent

 

To care for and build one another

 

To encourage formation of national and multi-cultural teams

 

To have multi-linguistic personnel and operations

 

To advocate excellence in ministry performance

 

To be guided by the Word and the Spirit

 

To comply with statutory requirements of the land

 

To enrich indigenous leadership and finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We believe in

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  1. The Holy Bible which is the fully and uniquely inspired Word of God, the only infallible, sufficient, and authoritative rule of faith and practice.

  2. One God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  3. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial intercession, and His personal return in power and glory. He is the only Saviour of mankind.

  4. The salvation of lost and sinful men through regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is by grace through faith.

  5. The indwelling of the believer by the Holy Spirit, enabling the Christian to live a godly life.

  6. The resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

  7. The spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, who comprise the Church, the Body of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Management

IMA Executive Comittee Members

IMA Staff Leadership

IMA Network Leaders

  1. Bishop. Dr. P.R. Parichha, Chairman

  2. Bishop. Rolly Singh, Vice-Chairman

  3. Rev. Dr. D.B. Kulothungan, Treasurer

  4. Rev. G. Khing, Member

  5. Mr. James Ragland S., Member

  6. Rev. W. Wilson Gnanakumar, Member

  7. Pastor. Paul P. Radha Krishnan, Member

  8. Mrs. Christobel K. Russelliah, Member

  9. Rev. Dr. J. Chiranjeevi, Member

  10. Rev. Vijayesh Lal, Ex – Officio/Permanent Invitee

  11. M. K. Sheriff Daniel, co-opted Member

  12. Rev. John Paul Reddy Pogu, Special Invitee

  13. Rev. (Miss) Arenla Longchar , Special Invitee

  14. Rev. Dr. I. Wati Longkumer, General Secretary

1.   Rev. Dr. I. Wati Longkumer, General Secretary,

2.   Rev. Moses Parmar , Associate General Secretary,

3.   Mr. Prasada Rao JM, Operation Manager,

4.   Rev. (Miss) Awala Longkumer,  Executive Secretary,

5.   Rev. Deva Sahayam C.S.W, Finance Manager,

6.   Mr. Meyi Ozukum,  Youth Secretary,

7.   Mrs. Zubeni E. Ovung PS to GS Cum Office Secretary

8.   Mr. Elavarasn. G, Program Coordinator,

9.   Mr. Sagar Bandela, Campus Supervisor,

10. Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam, Executive Consultant,

11. Rev. Francis Sunderaraj, Representative &Consultant

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Rev. Dr. Wati Longkumer, General Secretary, IMA

Rev I Wati Longkumer is an ordained minister of the Nagaland Baptist Church. He is married to Arenla Y Longkumer and they have two teenage sons.
He joined IMA in April 2014, as the Associate General Secretary. He came to IMA after serving as the Director of the Nagaland Missions Movement (NMM).

Prior to the NMM assignment he and his family were NMM missionaries in Cambodia for over eleven years. In Cambodia he served at the Phnom Penh Bible School (College) as the Academic Dean and the Vice Principal. He also helped the Cambodian national church in various capacities.

He went to Cambodia having served with the Council of Baptist Church in North East India (CBCNEI) in the youth department and pastored a churched, and also as the church relations coordinator at the Clark Theological College Nagaland.

He received his tertiary education and training from Shillong, Pune, Singapore and Oxford.

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Rev. Moses Parmar, Associate General Secretary

Born in a second-generation Christian family in a small town in Gujarat, India, Moses came to a saving knowledge of Christ at the age of 17, through Evangelical Students Bible study. Soon after, God called him to serve in full time ministry.

After graduating with a B.Sc. in microbiology in 1983, Moses began his career with Operation Mobilization India, working as a member of the field teams in the state of Bihar. This experience gave him extensive training in Evangelism, Preaching, Discipleship and Leadership. His supervisors recognized his gift of leading others and quickly trained him to be the state coordinator for Gujarat where he served for nine years. While there, he played an instrumental part in starting a church planting

effort among a Dalit (untouchable) group called the Vankars who are weavers by trade. In 1995, he transferred to the North India Regional Headquarters as Associate Director. In 1999, he received his assignment as Director of North India.

In this post, Moses oversaw all OM India operations in 12 States of Northern India.  Under his direction, the ministry experienced a significant paradigm shift in its ministry opportunities with major focus on the oppressed classes of Indian society by providing holistic, transforming outreach.  During these years God opened many new doors and used Moses to connect with community leaders of several communities and caste groups looking for holistic transformation. Moses also initiated the concept of Holistic Training Centers with a conviction that for the effective outreach, leaders need to be trained from every people group responding to the gospel.  During his time in Good Shepherd / OM India, Moses also served as the national chairman of Good Shepherd Church for 10 years and also on OM's international fund-raising team for 12 years.

 

After 32 years of service in OM, Moses joined India Missions Association (IMA).  As the second largest mission network in the world with 258 Indian member  missions, IMA connects and enhances missions and churches to establish Jesus worshipping fellowships among every people group within India and beyond.  IMA continues to be a facilitator, a challenging voice, a catalyst, a united voice, and helps to disseminate information, establish mutual transparency and accountability in Indian missions. In his role as regional director, North India, Moses helps mission organizations to connect, partner, train leaders and share resources to be effective stewards in God's work.

 

A frequent speaker, he travels extensively in India and abroad.   His involvement with oppressed peoples allows him to speak in many venues and he communicates effectively in three languages.

Moses has a Master of Arts degree from the Asian College of Cultural Studies.  He married his wife Sushma in 1991, and they live in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, with their two adult children.  

 

Summary:

Birth: Gujarat India 1961

Born Again: 19 Oct. 1978

Education: B. Sc. (Microbiology); M. A. in Christian Leadership and Management.  

Ministry Experience: GS/OM India 1983-2016 (32 years):

Evangelistic teams in Bihar (1983 – 1986)

State-coordinator for Gujarat (1986 – 1995)

Associate Director, OM North India (1995 – 1999)

Director, OM North India (2000 – 2016)

National Chairman, Good Shepherd Community Church (2005-2014)

Member, OM India International Fund raising team

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Mrs. Zubeni E. Ovung from Nagaland. God called her to serve Him so sheprepared herself by joining Bible College. Right after the completion of BD she joined in the ministry. Before she joined IMA she worked in Seva Bharat for eight years six months. She married to Mr. Padmalochan Bagh from Odisha. After 3 years of their marriage they are blessed with a baby girl Amariah Randanbeni Bagh. She is serving the Lord through IMA since April 2016.

Mrs. Zubeni E. Ovung, PS to GS cum Office Secretary

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Rev. Deva Sahayam C.S.W, Finance Manager

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Mr. JM Prasada Rao, Operations Manager

He is the member of Beracah Prayer house, Defence colony, Secunderabd.

He is a Post graduate in Commerce had worked as officer in the bank. His wife was a principal in a school. He has two sons; one is settled at Melbourne with family. Other is finishing up MBBS.

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Mr. Elavarasn. G, Program Coordinator

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Mr. Meyikumzuk Ozukum,  Youth Secretary

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12- 14 June 2018

Youth Program Advert Final

CBCNEI Compound, Pan Bazar, Guwahati

25 - 29 June 2018

Advanced Mission Leaders Training (AMLT)

Vision City, IMA Campus, Keesara, Hyderabad

31st Aug - 2nd Sep
2018

IMA Annual General Meeting
cum India Missions Summit

Ao Baptist Church Diphupar, Dimapur

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Address:
India Missions Association
# 5 – 47, Near Vardhana School,
Kundanpally, Keesara ( Mandel)
Medchal (Dist)
Hyderabad - 501301
Telangana, India.

 

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: +91-8019008536