Chennai, India | Hindustan Bible Institute

The MATUL Program partners with Hindustan Bible Institute.

Hindustan Bible Institute and College (HBI) was founded in the year 1952 by Dr. Paul V. Gupta in response to the call he received from God. Hindustan Bible Institute and College over the years has equipped thousands of men and women with vision, skills and character in obedience to the Great commission in India and beyond.

A growing interest in producing committed, spiritually mature and effective urban workers to transform communities spiritually, socially and economically led the HBI to introduce the MA in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) course in partnership with Encarnacao Alliance. The MATUL program has been designed to give urban leaders the opportunity to work especially among the urban population that will result in a gradual transformation of localized urban areas and major cities of Asia.The Encarnacao Alliance is a relational network of leaders for urban poor movements, who seek synergies and partnerships together with a dream of seeing 50,000 cross-cultural workers from slum to slums.

University sponsored training programs play a critical role in organizing learning experiences to develop the ability of national leaders to join local citizens in a joint community building. Thus the MATUL program provides a two year formal academic training to equip workers to transform communities, reflect on the multifarious issues of the informal settlement dwellers.

Experts in the field of urban leadership are of the opinion that the future of missions is urban and to the poor. To face this tremendous challenge the MATUL program helps Christian leaders to gain new knowledge, skills, and emotional and spiritual wisdom to present a transformational gospel to the unreached.

In Their Own Words

Over the last decade, I have tried my very best in the slums of Old Washermanpet in Chennai city where I am proclaiming the gospel in applying all the ways and means of Pentecostal theology, but the result is not up to the mark. The standard of the people remains the same. A very few of them came out of absolute poverty and some of the children are guided up to the college studies. The number of small house churches were increasing, but the standard of the community remained the same. After nine years of hard work, we found that there was no fruit. Once I started the MATUL course of studies, I came to know God’s real intention. Before the proclamation of gospel, we need to undertake some social actions. It is clear, that the social action is not an option; rather it is mandatory. Social actions should be pivotal in sharing the gospel of Christ.

– Pastor Elijah, National HBI/MATUL Student

Before the MATUL program, we had not been involved in any political activities. Now we have built friendships with the politicians in our circle. We are able to ask for help for the community people. We are able to find out what resources in the government are available for people in need.

– Rev Kanagasabai Xavier, National HBI/MATUL Student