ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – The pastor of the fastest-growing and largest Christian church in the world shared his remarkable story during two sessions at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando.
Dr. P. Satish Kumar, born a multi-generational radical Hindu in India, came to saving faith in Jesus Christ at age 12. He was called to the pastoral ministry at 18, and he founded Calvary Temple Church at 21.
In 2012, Kumar says God asked him to build a sanctuary that would seat 18,000 people on a 12-acre piece of property in Hyderabad, India, and assured him that just as He enabled Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in just 52 days, He also would enable the pastor to build his church facility in 52 days. And that’s what happened.
Starting with just 10 members, Kumar’s church has added 100,000 new members in the past four years, and today has 160,000 members meeting on one campus each week.
The pastor has started establishing Calvary Temple campus churches throughout India. He also feels called to build the largest church facility ever, a stadium with the capacity to seat more than 52,000 people in each service.
During his February 28 session at the Convention, titled “Pastoral Vision,” Kumar said, “Whether it is the secular, political or spiritual world, we all need vision.” He cited Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, people perish [or live carelessly].
“If we don’t have a vision for the future, we will go back to our past. If we don’t have vision, then we perish and our ministry perishes.”
Kumar recalled how he came to the United States for one month in 2001 to share his vision and need for $400 of support per month, but no church came forward to support his television ministry. He returned to India and began searching for land to build his church but could not find any that he could afford.
Kumar believed that because God had given him the vision He would provide the provision. The pastor eventually was able to purchase land worth $20 million through the faithfulness of his supporters in India.
“Many times we limit God with small visions, small requests,” Kumar said. “I understood that if we can test God with bigger things, God is willing to stand with us and prove Himself.
“With God all things are possible. If only you understand who God is, you will not limit Him,” he added.
Kumar was the final speaker of the Convention during the Closing Gala Dinner on March 2.
He spoke about the lessons God has taught him during his ministry.
First, he said pastors cannot lose their testimony and character.
Second, pastors should never lose hope – even when it seems like their prayers are not being answered. “Don’t give up. Our God is delaying to give you the best which is stored for you,” Kumar said.
Third, pastors should never lose their vision.
Kumar ended his time by talking about the great lostness in the world and challenging Christians to “go” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“If we don’t do our job, if we don’t mind our business, whatever [Jesus] has done on the cross will be of no use,” he said.
A new book, 52 Day Miracle, has been written chronicling Kumar’s story. For more information, visit 52daymiracle.com.
By Michael Smith
Published: March 9, 2017