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Our History

Printing a bible in 17 languages, translating the Ramayana, creating grammar and dictionary references and founding the first Asian University to grant degrees to women.

(William Carey, Founder, Baptist Missionary Society 1792)

We are a Christian organization that serves all of Indian society, regardless of caste, creed, religion or belief. Founded in 1792, our emphasis from the beginning was Education. We established Serampore College in 1818, the first college in Asia to educate women.

William Carey built a printing press to translate the Bible into 17 different local Indian languages. Something no one had ever attempted before.

Eventually, the Baptist Missionary Society

established 92 schools with over 10,000 students all over India, and we have been active advocates for the girl child and women's rights in India for over two centuries.

Baptist Church Trust Association (BCTA) was established to manage the facilities of the Baptist Missionary Society all over India and serves as the outreach arm to improve the lives for those under our care.

We seek to serve God by providing a quality education, specifically to the poorest of our nation, as well as to manage churches, outreach programs and community improvement initiatives to benefit society as a whole.

We also support our Christian communities against prejudice and institutional efforts to marginalize and persecute them.

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Baptist Missionary Society
Baptist Missionary Society

Our Parent Organization


BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. We aim to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.


Who are Baptists?

Baptist churches are found in almost every country in the world. As part of the world-wide Christian church, Baptists form one of the largest families of faith, alongside other trinitarian Christian traditions such as Anglicans, Methodists, Reformed, etc.

For Baptists the concept of a family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world.

In this Baptist family everybody is equal, for everybody has a part to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy of bishops or priests exercising authority over their members. Equality of status, however, does not mean that all have the same role.

Each local Baptist church appoints its own leaders - or ministers - to have particular responsibility for preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Working alongside these ministers are also deacons, who together with the minister(s) form the leadership team of the local Baptist church.

Baptists are grass-roots people, with a particular emphasis on the local church. These local churches are self-governing and self-supporting, ranging in size from twenty or so members to many hundreds. Although each Baptist church is an independent entity, Baptists nonetheless have always believed in associating with one another - and so the churches come together in regional, national and international spheres to promote and support the fellowship of Baptists everywhere.

(cited from Baptist.org.uk)

Believer's Baptism

Believer’s baptism is a very special moment on the journey of faith. It is a moment when God's presence and blessing meets us, and when we make our personal commitment of faith in Jesus as Lord.


It signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. Normally taking place by full immersion in water, it speaks of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives.

 

Baptism is also about receiving God's Spirit for service in the church and in the world.

An historical chart of Baptist history

These are some of the significant milestones in the history of the Baptist. Please note how long we have been engaged in helping our fellow men and women.