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March 18th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

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India: Urban Youth

While many of us are accustomed to hearing about extreme poverty in India, there’s a growing demographic that you might not be as familiar with: the middle class urban youth. This is a group that’s globally connected. They’re not only being influenced by input from around the world, they are influencing and adding to that input as well.

These are the people it’s possible to reach right now using media and technology. In the past, you might have heard me say, “There are more people alive today than at any other point in human history, and they are more connected now than at any time in the past.” India is at the very center of that…both from a population standpoint, and in terms of being globally connected.

We have an incredible opportunity in front of us to reach this population, but we’ll need to move beyond conventional methods. That’s one of the reasons we’re so excited about India being the country with the largest attendance at Church Online. With just a few clicks, these globally connected youth can experience a message of hope and salvation from across the world.

Several churches have adopted experiences at Church Online as an online mission project. We’re in the process of adding more experiences, so if you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity check out this post from Church Online.

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  1. 1Aaron
    Mar 18, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I’ve been part of two of these experiences for the last month or so and it has been an unbelievable blessing to have such a connection with people all over the world. It blows my mind sometimes to see conversations taking place and lives being ministered to across continents while we all take part in the online experience. This really is something that you have to experience before you begin to wrap your mind around the amazing potential that exists in using online experiences to share the Gospel.

  2. Mar 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Not that I have a particular problem with exploring new ways to reach people, but what are these “conventional methods” that you’re moving on from to reach them?

    I hope it is not a substitution of a local church for a viral one…

  3. Mar 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Great post Bobbie. We just finished discovery research among urban Indian youth in several mega-cities, very interesting! The 320 million emerging middle class Indian urbanites are primed for a relevant and contextualized faith experience. Would love to have you out for one of our India Transformation Movement gatherings with leading young professionals and pastors re-imagining Church in the 21st century…