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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.

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.

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.

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  

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

Phone    : +91-8019008536

E-mail   : ima@imaindia.org

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