Our Missional Strategies
Producing biblical content that lifts Christ high through GospelLife.TV
Our first strategy for fulfilling our mission is producing biblical content that lifts Christ high through GospelLife.TV. This biblical content takes many forms. To find out more about our biblical content, visit gospellife.tv
Mobilizing Indian Christians through life-on-life discipleship
Our second strategy for fulfilling our mission is mobilizing Indian Christians through life-on-life discipleship. We pursue this strategy in several ways.
- Discipleship Cohorts
We are committed to personally investing in Indian Christians, both in India and in the global diaspora, through life-on-life discipleship classes. By studying the Bible together, sharpening one another, and considering the Gospel together, we believe God will raise up a new generation of leaders who exalt Christ in and through their lives.
We mobilize Indian Christians by attending and planning conferences together. This will allow leaders to be strengthened by biblical content and also cultivate a missional mindset together – as they serve alongside us in offering Christ-centered resources to other believers.
Supporting Christ’s work in India through partnering with gospel leaders and networks.
Our third strategy for fulfilling our mission is supporting Christ’s work in India through partnering with gospel leaders and networks. This takes various forms.
- Shepherdship Classes
We support Christ’s work in India by cultivating godly character and strengthening ministry competencies in established leaders through Shepherdship classes. This emphasis on character and competency is based on Psalm 78:72. Our desire is to see Indian leaders in every Gospel-proclaiming church and in every Gospel-oriented network demonstrating faithful, fruitful, and flourishing lives and ministries for the glory of Christ.
- Next Generational Gospel Leadership Training
We support Christ’s work in India by identifying called and gifted future leaders and developing a personalized leadership development pathway to nurture their growth and maturity. This pathway may include programs of study, ministry apprenticeships, active coaching, and support in deployment.
- Church Planters’ Training
We will support Christ’s work in India by coming alongside existing church-planting networks, training aspiring church planters to clarify vision, build teams, shape strategy, and create a sustainable plan that allows them to persevere in their calling and bear fruit for the Gospel.
Ebi & Esther
Ebenezer (Ebi) G.P. Perinbaraj and Esther T. Rajamani have been in vocational ministry for 28 years. They are the founders of Gospel Life Resources. Born and raised in Chennai, India, they trained at Asbury Theological Seminary where they earned M.A in Intercultural Studies. They completed their PhDs at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). Before coming to the States in 2012, Ebi and Esther served as missionaries with Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB). Married in 1998, Ebi and Esther have 2 sons, Ricky and Roni.
Advisory Council Members
After leading Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka, for 35 years Ajith Fernando now serves as its Teaching Director. An Adjunct Lecturer at Colombo Theological Seminary, he spends much time teaching and discipling/mentoring younger Christians and pastors. He is the award-winning author of 20 books and his books have been published in 24 languages. Ajith and his wife Nelun have two married children and four grandchildren.
Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church
COLIN SMITH is senior pastor of The Orchard Church, a thriving, multi-campus church in the Chicago area. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he trained at London School of Theology, where he met his wife, Karen. He served as pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in England for 16 years before coming to The Orchard in 1996. Colin’s teaching extends through Open The Bible (openthebible.org), a ministry that proclaims Christ through media, mobilizes believers in evangelism, and equips next-generation leaders for the church. Colin has also authored more than a dozen books and can be heard on Premier Radio in London. Colin and his wife Karen have two married sons and five granddaughters.
Tom Nelson earned a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Liz, moved to Kansas City in 1989 to begin Christ Community Church, where he continues to serve as senior pastor. Tom is also president of Made to Flourish, a nationwide pastors’ network for the common good, where he provides overall strategic direction and is a regular speaker and facilitator.
Along with other books, Tom is the author of:
- The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity
- Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work
- The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership
Deborah A. Colwill
Prior to coming to TEDS in January 2013, Dr. Colwill served as Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of Institution Research and Evaluation at Asbury Theological Seminary. Her long term areas of interest in research, teaching, consulting and practice include development of emerging and mid-career leader development, Collaborative high performing teams, Organizational agility and health, and Leading change. In addition to teaching, she has served in a variety of leadership and consulting positions. Dr. Colwill enjoys the beauty of nature, watching it “shout forth the glory of God.” Her other joy is spending time with her family and friends.
Donald C. Guthrie
Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, Donald worked in campus ministry with the Coalition for Christian Outreach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and served on the faculty and administration of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Donald grew up near Pittsburgh, in a family that is grateful for a multi-generation legacy of God’s grace. He has enjoyed serving as an elder in several local churches for thirty years. In these churches, Donald has regularly taught classes, trained teachers, led small groups, and participated in community service.
Donald is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing teaching and learning; systems theory in leadership, team, and ministry contexts; cross-cultural teaching and learning; power and interests in teaching and learning; intergenerational and generational lifelong learning; faith, vocation, and culture; lay member empowerment in the local church; art, beauty, and creativity in learning; and resilience and wellbeing.
Donald says, “Mary and I enjoy art, beauty, and creativity in all things made by God and humans. We make regular trips to Door County where we visit galleries, interact with artists, and craft our own pieces at a wonderful Art Farm Studio. We especially love making fused glass but also have dabbled in welding, mosaics, and woodworking. Mary is a very skilled crafter who regularly knits and quilts gifts for family and friends. We also enjoy walking in the beautiful nature preserve that surrounds our historic home in Fort Sheridan. Our walks are often preceded by sharing fellowship and food around our dining room table with colleagues and students from all over God’s world. The best part? The guests often bring their favorite dishes from their homelands!”
Statement of Faith
Gospel Life Resources adheres to the following ten articles of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Become a Gospel Partner
Your prayers and gifts will help Gospel Life Resources to advance the gospel work for the glory of God. As a growing ministry, we desire more Gospel Partners to join us as we bring as many people as we can to behold Christ. Would you become a Gospel Partner?
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