When I looked at my calendar on my iPhone on Wednesday morning it said that I had a 1:30 pm appointment with “Sam from India.” I had to ask my assistant Pat, “Who is this and what does he want?” She explained as best she could, but I had no idea that who I was about to meet would be one of the most memorable appointments in a long time. When Samuel Stephens and his son Danny showed up you would never have guessed how God has used them. Both were very unassuming and I felt like I had to pull out of them the amazing things that they have seen God do through their ministry, the India Gospel League.
It was Sam’s father that founded the India Gospel League and when Sam took it over in 1992 it had grown to 200 churches. Now, 18 years later under Sam’s leadership there are 70,000 churches and more than 3.5 million people that are being reached. Wow!
Here are a few take-aways I had from our conversation together:
- Every church has a goal to reproduce at least one new church per year.
- Every church planter was in a network that meets monthly.
- Every network provides training and accountability for meeting their goal of reproducing.
This was an appointment that I will not soon forget!