Mission ONE Partners in India are transitioning an Indian seminary’s theology program into an online setting, attracting additional students to achieve financial sustainability so that students throughout India can be equipped as Gospel-led leaders in their own communities.
Mission ONE Partners in India have been training Indian men and women for nearly 70 years, driven by their mission to give everyone an opportunity to hear the Gospel and be discipled within a local community of believers. Despite the fact that our partners are connected to over 1,000 churches across India, many aspiring students in rural areas do not have the time or finances to commute and take classes in-person.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed our partners in India to establish Education Without Boundaries, a platform for students to take theology courses online, free of charge. Now, students like Kabir, who lives in a small village in northern India, can deepen his knowledge of the Bible and play a larger role in his local faith community — all without needing to forfeit his job or leave his home. As education opportunities grow and expand, Education Without Boundaries will also add additional classes and implement a business model that allows the platform to achieve financial sustainability.
Courses are currently offered free of charge to any students who are interested in deepening their theological education; only students who want to engage with professors and secure an official degree certificate need to pay. In order to sustain this model and offset the cost of non-paying students, the program will need to expand to enroll additional students. There will also need to be more staff to help record lectures, edit videos, build out curriculums, and help publicize the institute to attract these new students.
Mission ONE partners in India have always equipped students with a Biblical foundation to become transformational leaders who can disciple others and carry out the Great Commission. Through this new online platform, Education Without Borders, our partners in India hope to train thousands of unreached students across India so they can grow in Christ and live out their God-given callings.
Enroll 100 students by the end of summer 2021, with the goal of enrolling 2,000 students within the next two years to reach sustainability.
By the end of 2021, offer 80 additional online courses.