I just returned from a whirlwind trip across Asia (visiting Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, and briefly one other country). It was such an encouraging trip as I spoke with several of the first year graduates of the Asian Access leadership development classes. All of them spoke of the life transformation that impacted their lives and ministries through the program (deepening their walk with Jesus, strengthening their marriages and families, and fostering a vision for church multiplication). On average, the graduating pastors have planted about two churches since graduating from the ministry. To know these churches are being planted with a vision to multiply is fantastic. What encouraging words to hear that pastors of character, competence and vision are being multiplied to lead the church across Asia today!
In the next several weeks and months, I’ll be posting a quick video from many of these pastors (most of whom volunteer their time to lead the ministry because of how much it has made a difference in their lives and in their countries).
Today, listen to Pastor JE from Chennai, India share how Asian Access is making a difference! In this video Jeyakaran will share how Asian Access is investing in pastors through their character development. This work is foundational as a leader in the church because in order to make disciples, a leader must first be a disciple – one who is deeply rooted in his relationship with Jesus Christ.
To watch this video with transcription underneath, click here...
Hi, I’m [Pastor] Jeyakaran from Chennai in South India. I'm a pastor of a church called Power House Church based in Chennai that I have been pastoring for the last 13 years. I’ve been associated with Asian Access for a little over one year. I play a dual role with Asian Access; I coordinate the South India first class of the Asian Access which is just about one-third into the program and a part from that I’m also a student of the first class, going through the class myself.
I want to share what the Asian Access program has done for me personally. I was drawn to Asian Access with just a phrase that Asian Access uses, which is it’s all about “developing leaders and multiplying churches.” There’s a lot of leadership development programs out of my city in Chennai, which has about 2,000 churches, but what I’ve found that was very unique with the Asian Access program was that there was such an emphasis on the issue of character development. A lot of the other program focus on competency development alone but Asian Access has such a balance and emphasis on developing both character, competence and giving a vision for leaders that I was immediately drawn towards this program. There is no doubt of emerging leaders and pastors in South India but what has seemed lacking a lot is leaders of character. And so there is a great character deficit and I realized that this program is going to be so strategic for South India and a great blessing for the emerging young pastors from South India. So we started this batch for the first class of Asian Access which draws together 18 pastors from three cities: Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. These three states in South India comprise of about 300 million people so it’s a great potential to be placed in the right place launching this program in South India because as this program multiplies it can have a tremendous impact across South India.
Another pastor in the city of Bangalore who is part of our class, and a pastor in Hyderabad, have become close friends, but they’ve never known each other before Asian Access. But just one-third into the course, one of them has invited the other pastor to come and be a resource person and do a training program for his church leaders. So we are seeing a great sense of community being built among those 18 pastors, whom many of us did not have this kind of fellowship, a time of safe environment where we could open up and share our struggles and our joys and be accepted and loved and affirmed and Asian Access has provided us a wonderful, caring, loving safe environment for us to be friends together. And there is such a bonding that’s taken place between us as pastors, something so fresh and encouraging for us as pastors. It’s been a wonderful journey we’ve begun. We still have a long way to go, about another year and a half to go. But God has begun to do some very powerful things in the hearts of us pastors in this class and we know that our lives are being transformed. We are being shaped into the likeness of Christ and as well we are being equipped to plant churches to see leaders develop and the vision of planting churches across South India.