About EBCC Delhi

Background: The light of Christianity was brought to the beautiful hills of Manipur in the early part of 20th century. As new converts grew, churches were founded to minister to the folks. By the year 1949, Manipur Christian Convention Church (later changed into the Evangelical Convention Church) was established. The new church later registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860. It is also registered under the Foreign (Contribution) Regulation Act, 1976 and as a Charitable Religious Institution with the Commissioner of Income Tax, North Eastern Region, Shillong.

Establishment of EBC Church Delhi: Since the early 1980s, more and more people from Manipur began arriving in Delhi for education or service. Members of the ECC who came to the capital realize that they had to band together to carry on their spiritual and cultural activities in the new environment. They started joint worship services, by organizing prayers and worship in their rented accommodation during the weekends, on a rotational basis. Gradually, as the numbers, prayer cells developed among the groups in localities. And till today this area fellowship/prayer cell, organized by members in various localities remains a unique and blessed feature of the present Evangelical Baptist Convention Church, Delhi. Later, as the number of student or employed population began to increase substantially, a number of heads of families belonging to the Evangelical Convention Church, decided that there was a need to give a more focused attention to the spiritual and moral aspects of the immigrant members. Thus was established the Evangelical Convention Church (ECC), Delhi (later changed into the Evangelical Baptist Convention Church) on the first Sunday of June, 1992 and Upa G Damsomthang was elected the first Chairman. On 13th March the following year (1993), the new congregation began its regular Sunday worship service at Green Park Free Church, New Delhi. The establishment of an urban ECC  in Delhi opened up a new vista for the Church as, for the first time, the Church was compelled to face new challenges posed the new urban Church.

Affiliation to Baptist World Alliance: With a view to broaden its ministries the Church acquired Membership of the Baptist World Alliance in 1998, and rechristened itself (ECC) as the Evangelical Baptist Convention (EBC).

Own Chapel: As the membership continued to grow, and owing to limited availability of chapels for hire, desire for a place of their own for worship and social gathering began to be felt. The Church even set aside Rs. 2000/- as seed money from its meager funds for Church building. Towards this, the infant church leaders submitted a request to the Delhi Development Authority for allotment of land for construction of a chapel in 1995. The whole Church members prayed and waited. Clearly, God heard the wishes of so many hearts. For, in 1997, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) allotted a plot of land at Plot No. 16, Pocket 6, Dwarka Phase-1, New Delhi for building a Church building in April 1997. The following year (1998) Right Rev. Karam Masih, Delhi Diocese/Bishop, Church of North India (CNI) performed the ground breaking ceremony at the allotted site. Construction of the chapel building commenced with funds received from members’ contributions, financial help of the Church Headquarters from Manipur, voluntary one day wages contributed by members across the Evangelical Baptist Convention and other free will offering from well-wishers. Construction work having been completed in October 2000, Rev. L Khamkholun, General Secretary of EBC Hqrs dedicated the building for the glory of God in a special dedication service on 12th November, 2000. We praise the Almighty God for His plans and His leading.

GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Administrative Matters: As one of the congregations of the larger Evangelical Baptist Convention Church, it is required to conform to the basic administrative structure and systems laid down by headquarters. At the local church level, Local Deacons Committee or Local Upa Committee(LUC) exercise supreme authority in administrative matters. The LUC has over-arching supervisory authority over all other committees or fellowships. The missions activities are steered by the Local Missions Committee(now known as the Baptist Missions Committee), the Women Fellowship being organized and led by the Baptist Dorcas Fellowship, while the Youth organized themselves under an elected committee called the Baptist Youth Fellowship. The affairs of children – mostly in the age group of 3 to 17 years - falls under the Baptist Children Department.

Upa Bial (Parish): For the Pastor and the church leaders, it has been a great challenge to be able to minister to the church members, who are scattered over the length and breadth of the city, in their joy and sorrow. For better care and closer relationship, church members are divided into cells, each cell made up by a cluster of families or individuals living in close proximity to one another. Such a cell is called Deacon’s home group or Upa Bial. Each parish is entrusted to one or two church deacon, who conduct house visits, prayer meetings and spiritual activities. These deacons or elders act as the link between the Pastor and the church members. A crucial activity of the home group members is the weekly prayer meeting. A group convenor is nominated among themselves to provide leadership within the home group.

Spiritual Ministry: The EBC headquarters, being greatly concerned with the spiritual lives of the church members who moved to Delhi in pursuit of education or employment, had posted a full-time Church minister to pastor the members who are spread over the length and breadth of the vast metropolis. The functions of the Pastor maybe summarized in the following:

  • House visit, visiting prayer cells & area fellowships, visiting sick & patients admitted into various hospitals.
  • Attend personal counseling, counseling through phone & internet.
  • To perform religious ceremonies
  • Preaching in the Sunday worship services
  • Maintaining liaison and coordination with other Church Organizations

The small publications of the Church both serve as organs to inform and provide spiritual messages. There are two such publications on date. One is the Delhi EBC Weekly or DEW for short, and the Gamchiam, a monthly publication. The Pastor serves as the Editor of these internal organs.

Table Ministry: As the Church meetings end on Sundays, church members are treated a simple cup of tea before they disperse. This is called Table Ministry. It has served as a beautiful opportunity for church folks to catch up with news about friends, or to develop new intimate friendship among themselves.

Church Expansion

A couple of years ago, a clear vision from God has been conceived by the leaders of this local church to expand new churches in and around the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

As the good Lord leadeth the EBCC Delhi on, April 25, 2010 became a redletter day for this congregation. On this day of April at 1:30 PM the Local Pastor of EBCC Delhi, Rev. Nenglian Vualnam administered and inaugurated "EBCC Central Delhi" at B.M. Ganges Girl's Senior Secondary School Hall, Rajniwas Marg, Delhi (North) in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the midst of full-packed attendance of its members. From that very day onwards, a new place of Worship meant especially for those members residing in and around Trans-Yamuna, North Delhi, Central Delhi and adjoining areas took birth in Delhi. Halleluijah! Rev Lian continues to shoulder the responsibility of sheepherding members of both the EBCC Churches in Delhi. For related article see-

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Church Address

Church Address & Pastor Qtr.:
Plot No 16, Pocket 6
Dwarka Sector 1A
New Delhi - 110 045

Contact Info

Pastor N Tuang Lang - +91-9811343689
Pastor H. Biakson - +91-9711864037
Email: pastor@ebccdelhi.org

Service Time

Personal Counseling: 9:30am - 10:30am
First Service: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Second Service: 2:00pm Onwards

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