The book presents the locus standi of the Sumi Baptist Church in Nagaland. It also
proposes the future course of action the Church should employ along with various
non-governmental organizations, churches and the government organizations for the
betterment of the society in socio-economic context. It suggests the Church to look
seriously into biblical teachings and reflect theologically on the present problems for
This scholarly work recommends for transformational development that allows
establishment of God's desire in human society and in the rest of the creation for total
life. It addresses the challenges being faced by the Sumi Baptist Church in the process of
transformational development of the Naga society. The work is a treat for readers as it
reconsiders four vital impediments in the quest of Naga Spirituality and their
transformational development: Stewardship and socio-economic development, Justice in the
midst of injustice and division among the Naga community, Liberative mission towards the
oppressive socio-economic and political structures, Upholding kingdom community amid Naga
society where the social and moral values are corrupted and spiritually bankrupt.
To eradicate the said impediments the author has provided well-researched suggestions
like: Strengthening Naga traditional institution of customary laws and acts; Co-operative
community development; Reviving community work culture; Human potential - Resource
development, Educational development; and Job creation coupled with Project development.
The book is meant to fight against all the social odds that Nagas and society at large
are facing. It paves the path for their transformational development so that in future the
society can become a God's Intended Society.
2. The Socio-Economic Situation of the Naga People in Nagaland
3. The Different Organisations Involved in Socio-Economic Upliftment of the Nagas in
4. The Different Organisations Involved in Socio-Economic Upliftment of the Nagas in
5. The Role of the Sumi Baptist Church Mission in the Socio-Economic Context of
6. A Biblical-Theological Basis for Church Mission in the Socio-Economic Context of
7. Transformational Development for the Mission of the Sumi Baptist Church
Dr. Hetoni Swu, hailing from the Sumi Community of Dimapur (Nagaland),
is an active member of the Sumi Baptist Church.
She began her theological voyage by doing B.Th from Clark Theological College, Aolijen,
Mokokchung; B.D from Bishop's College, Kolkatta; M.Th in Missiology from Serampore
College, Serampore; and Ph.D under the Consortium from Indian Missiological Education
(CIME), Bangalore. She had been on various positions at different renowned institutions
and colleges. Since 2012, she is a teaching faculty at the Servanthood Bible College,
Dimapur. She has also contributed numerous articles in various leading journals.