NIITS is registered in Chandigarh, Punjab as an educational trust and operates under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia (Interim Principal), Rev. Dr. Ashish Chrispal (Former Regional Director, OCI), Rev. Ashok Singh (Founder & Executive Director SHECHEM), and Mr. Mathai Samuel (Managing Director, Basic4 Advertising Agency) and Mr. Anil Kumar (Minister, Baptist Church) as trustees. NIITS also has a managing committee that looks after the day-to-day operation of the institution.
The church in northwest India is adequately supplied with theologically trained & practically equipped leaders.
NIITS prepares men and women for the church by providing residential Bible-based theological education and ministry training that is distinctive, accessible, and within the cultural context of northwest India.
NIITS strives to runs a program that will produce men and women, who can and will, teach by their words and demonstrate by their lives, the truths and lifestyle of the Christian faith, and so lead others into the same. In addition, to equip such men and women to be effective in Christian service according to the talents and spiritual gifts that God has given them.
Aims and Objectives
- To encourage and facilitate spiritual transformation.
- To promote excellence in all aspects of life and ministry.
- To build and strengthen Christian character.
- To equip for the whole ministry of the Church.
- To learn and know the Bible and effectively teach it to others.
- To help foster positive social attitudes and relational skills.
- To help students think theologically and communicate contextually.
In 2003, a formal theological training pilot project called Chandigarh Bible College was initiated by offering Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in English and Hindi medium. The Lord’s blessing of this ministry and the need of the hour necessitated that we re-structure the college and expand this ministry. Rev. Joel David, the former Principal, and India Director of Seek Partners International, in consultation with the President & CEO of SPI, Rev. Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia, and the board took the following decision: With effect from October 10, 2007, CBC will be renamed as the NORTH INDIA INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES with its own independent registration. NIITS started operating as a ministry of SEEK PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL but also partners with other organizations and churches.
NIITS has been an associate member of Asia Theological Association (ATA) since 2005. The evaluation visit by the ATA team was conducted from February 21 to 23, 2017 and BTh program of NIITS has been re-accredited until 2022. ATA also approved the accreditation of the MDiv program of NIITS until 2022. The ATA is a member of the International Council of Accrediting Agencies of the World Evangelical Alliance (formerly the World Evangelical Fellowship).
Doctrinal Statement of NIITS
While the Institute’s particular definitions are important to its position, it is readily recognized that they do not define orthodoxy for the whole body of Christ. NIITS gladly embraces all who faithfully adhere to the essentials of biblical Christianity as fellow believers and colleagues in Christ’s cause.
Whereas Biblical Christianity is defined by the central tenets of the faith, throughout the history of the church various groups have employed more specific definitions to define themselves. To maintain continuity and consistency with the heritage entrusted to its care, the Institute expects faculty and administration to agree with, personally adhere to, and support the Institute’s doctrinal distinctives as noted below.
The sixty-six books of the Bible only, contained in the Old and the New Testaments, are a divine revelation; each word of the original manuscripts was verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, and therefore have no errors regarding faith, conduct, history, or science. (Deut. 4:2; 12:32; 2 Sam. 23:2; Neh. 9:20, 30; Ps. 119:160; Prov. 30:5-6; Is. 40:6-8; Jer. 26:1-6; Matt. 5:17-20; 24:35; Luke 16:19-31; 24:25-27, 44; John 5:39-47; 10:35; 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 4:2; 2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; 3:14-18)
The eternal God is Spirit and has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons and yet one God in substance. He created all things out of nothing, and very good, in the span of six days. He sustains and rules over all, and deserves the highest glory, love, and obedience. (Gen. 1:1-2:4; Ex. 20:8-11; 31:12-17; Deut. 4:35, 39; 6:4-5; Is. 11:2; 40:13; 43:10-11; 44:6; 63:10-11, 14; Job 12:10; 33:4; 34:14-15; Ps. 104; 139:7-12; Matt. 28:16-20; John 1:1-3; 8:58; 12:37-41; 20:28; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-20; 2:9-10; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:1-14; Jude 4; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; 8:4-6; 10:31; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself God; He took upon Himself our human nature, yet without sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now, our interceding high priest; He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the living and the dead. (Is. 9:6-7; 52:13-53:12; Mic. 5:2; Ps. 40:6-8; Col. 1:15-20; Phil. 2:5-11; Matt. 1:18-25; 1 Pet. 2:24- 25; Luke 1:26-45; 2:1-11; 24:1-53; John 1:12-13, 29; 2:18-22; 3:1-21; 14:1-6; Heb. 2:9-18; 4:14-16; 10:1-18; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:1-5; Gal. 2:16-4:7; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11; 2 Thess. 1:3-10; 2:1-12; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 1:7; 11:15-17; 19:11-16; 20:4-6, 11-15)
Man was created in the image of God to glorify Him, but fell into sin by Adam’s transgression and the craftiness of the devil, the serpent of old, thereby inheriting a sinful nature, guilt, and death. Hence, all are lost and have no merit whatsoever to present to God for salvation; except a man be born of the Spirit he cannot see the kingdom of God; salvation is by grace through faith in Christ who alone bore our sins in His own body on the tree. After death, the bodies of men return to dust, but the spirits of the righteous are with God and the spirits of the wicked are kept in outer darkness until the day of resurrection. When the resurrection occurs, the bodies of the righteous will be raised to life and the bodies of the wicked will be raised to judgment. The retribution of the wicked and the salvation of the righteous are everlasting, and as eternal life is conscious, so is eternal punishment. (Gen. 1:26-28; 3:1-19; 5:1-3; 6:5; 8:21; 9:1-7; 35:18; Is. 42:8; 48:11; Job 4:17-19; 15:14-16; 19:25-27; Ps. 51:5; 115:1; Eccl. 12:7; Jer. 4:1-2; Dan. 12:2-3, 13; Hos. 6:6-7; Mal. 1:5; 2:2; 3:16; Matt 25:41, 46; 27:50; Luke 8:55; 16:19-31; 19:10; 23:46; John 1:12-13; 3:1-21; 5:25-29; 6:37, 44, 65; 8:43, 47; 10:15; 26-27; 12:32-33; 19:30; Acts 4:12; 7:59; 13:38-39, 48; 24:15; Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 8:1-11; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:3-14; Phil. 1:21-24, 29; 2:5-11; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 10:1-18; 13:20-21; Jam. 3:9; 1 Pet. 2:21-25; 3:18; 4:11; 2 Pet. 3:18; Jude 6, 13; Rev. 12:9; 19:1-10; 20:1-15)
The church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body at the moment of conversion and will be protected by the power of God to retain salvation forever. Every believer receives at least one gift of the Spirit. Walking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit are necessary for the believer’s sanctification. The church is to witness concerning its head, Jesus Christ, preach the gospel among all nations, make disciples to be conformed to the image of Christ, and devote itself to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, prayer, and ministry to the needy. (Matt. 7:13-23; 13:1-23; 24:14; 25:14-46; 28:16-20; John 10:25-30; Acts 2:42-47; 15:13-17; Rom. 8:9, 28-39; 9:6-24; Gal. 1:6-10; 5:16-26; 6:10-16; Eph. 1:3-14; 4:17-6:20; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 11:1; 12:12-13; 2 Cor. 11:2-3; Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; 1 Tim. 1:5; 4:16; 2 Tim. 2:1-6, 10; Heb. 3:6, 14; 6:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:3-9; 1 John 3:16-18)
While our faculty and board annually affirm their agreement with the above doctrinal statement, students need only agree with these seven essentials:
- the authority and inerrancy of the Scripture (The Bible).
- the Trinity (God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit)
- the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ
- the spiritual lostness of the entire human race
- the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
- salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone
- the physical return of Jesus Christ