Caste and Church Growth:
An Assessment of Donald McGavran’s Church Growth Principles from An Indian Perspective

By Aubrey M. Sequeira with Harry Kumar and Venkatesh



Our goal in this article is to evaluate McGavran’s church growth principles from our own perspective as Indian Christians. We begin with an outline of Donald McGavran’s view of church growth and caste while delineating the positive aspects of McGavran’s model. Second, in order to set a critique of McGavran in context, we briefy describe the caste system in India. Third, we respond to McGavran’s missiology, providing a critique of church growth principles in light of Scripture and our experience in contemporary India.