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John Daniel, D.Min,

Dr. Daniel is the Pastor of Hebron Indian Pentecostal Church in Houston, TX. He previously pastored India Pentecostal Churches in New York, and Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala in India. He is a graduate of Hebron Bible School, Kerala, India, (1963), University of Mysore, India (Master of Arts), and Serampur University, India (Bachelor of Divinity). He was ordained on July 31, 1970, by the Presbytery of Indian Pentecostal Church of God (I.P.C). He has served as a teacher and the registrar of Hebron Bible College, Kerala, President of Pentecostal Young People’s Association (Youth Ministry of I.P.C), and as the chief editor of Zion Trumpet, a monthly Christian Journal. He has written many articles for various Christian magazines, and a commentary on the epistle of Galatians. He and his wife, Kunjamma, were married in 1969 and have four children: Grace, Stanley, Stephen, and Nancy.

 Articles by this Author

THROUGHOUT THE LATTER half of the twentieth century Indian Christians immigrated to the United States in large numbers in search of education and employment opportunities.  As these immigrants imbibed fully from the cup of materialism offered by American society they knowingly or unknowingly ignored their Christian responsibilities and commitment.  Some of them who were trained as Christian workers left the ministry and sought secular occupations that allowed them no time for witnessing Christ. In the past twenty-five years Indian Christian churches in the US have had several problems regarding lack of proper leadership, conflict between believers, youth issues, church affiliation and other administrative aspects.  It often seemed that solving problems between individuals, families and groups was the only occupation of the church. Many Indian churches are currently not equipped to facilitate disciple-making. They often lack trained leaders, which leaves them unequipped to participate fully in the ministry.
The focus of this chapter is to discuss some of the socio-cultural and spiritual reasons involved in the lack of disciple-making among the Indian Pentecostal churches in the United States. Practical and biblical patterns of disciple-making are explored.