In an effort to help Christian believers in India grow in their faith, TWR helps establish "listening groups" where small numbers of believers meet around a radio or audio player and study God's Word together. Basically, we're talking about small discipleship groups. According to George Philip, the CEO of TWR-India, not only does TWR want these believers to fellowship and study the Bible with one another, they want these groups to multiply. As TWR-India comes alongside these growing disciples and equips them, they are then encouraged to form new small groups and disciple an ever-increasing number of new believers.
Francis Chan, in his book, Multiply, describes this concept: "Paul saw the church as a community of redeemed people in which each person is actively involved in doing the work of ministry. The pastor is not the minister--at least not in the way we typically think of a minister. The pastor is the equipper, and every member of the church is a minister."(1) Francis Chan's description certainly fits the model that TWR is using in India because these small groups have no pastor. All they have is a media device and each other. Therefore, in the most basic way, TWR-India is equipping these Christian disciples to become disciple-makers themselves.
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(1) Francis Chan and Mark Beuving, Multiply (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2012), 34.