`We, the Church' is a collection of essays from learned people of God from across three
continents. The wealth of their wisdom provides lessons from the past, insights for the
present and signposts for tomorrow. These `Studies in Mission and Evangelization' provide
much needed light on several practical issues that concern our existence as the Church.
Here is a diversity of contributions in history, theology, anthropology, sociology and
This is a Festschrift for Rev. Dr. B. S. Moses Kumar who has been faithfully serving
His Church for over the last 40 years as a pastor, teacher and as a bishop. This is a
labor of love from his wife and children.
Preface: Tryst with `Missio Dei'
Meet Dr. Moses Kumar / Rev. Hobert H. Howard
Friendship in the Lord! / Rev. Donavan Ng
Lessons from the Past
1. Meet Sam Page : Another Window on Early Pentecostal Holiness Spirituality / Daniel
2. Oral Roberts : A Son of the Pentecostal Holiness Church / Vinson Synan
Insights for the Present
3. Indigenous Peoples of South Asia / Roger E. Hedlund
4. Issues in Shaping an Indian-Christian Identity / Eric J. Lott
5. The Mission of God / Harold Dalton
6. Mission in a Globalized World : National Youth Leadership Program / Jetti A. Oliver
7. Mission 2:2:2: Seize the Opportunity / Bishop A. Samuel Moses
8. The Dynamics of Church Planting / Rev. Michael Callahan
9. The Diversity of the "Earthen Vessels" : Those Whom God Calls and Uses /
Lois Hanson Hoyle
10. The Minister as Brooding Hen : Reflections on Clergy Formation / David Zersen
11. Six Basic Principles of Ministry / Hugh E. Hoyle
12. A Biblical Basis for Apostolic Ministry / Terry Tramel
13. A Blessed Journey : Treading Along with Jesus / P. Samata
14. The Holy Spirit Empowers the Church / Bishop Dr. James D. Leggett
Signposts for Tomorrow
15. The Future of Christianity in India / P. Solomon Raj
16. What Am I Doing Here? Christian Theism and the Meaning of Life / Rev. Russell A.
17. Extending the Right Hand : An Important Yet Overlooked Defining Action of the
Nascent Church / William L. Lyons
18. A Paradigm of Leadership Transference in the Bible / Bishop Dr. A. D. Beacham
Biographical Notes of Authors
Smitha P. Coffey serves as worship minister at Donald Church. She has
a Bachelors in Arts from Andhra University, and another Bachelors in Biblical Studies from
Southwestern Christian University, Oklahoma, USA. She also has a Masters in English
Literature from Andhra University. Her husband Jeff is a missionary to India and they live
together with their children, Eliana and Seth, in Hyderabad.
Donna Tracy Paul has served as Country Administrator for People to
People Ministries in India (a Benevolence arm of IPHC World Missions). She has a Masters
in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University. She has a heart for children's
ministry, worship, media and creative arts. She currently resides with her husband, Tracy,
in Ohio, USA.