Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
At a function held at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai, Most Rev. Dhararaj Rasalam; the Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI) has released the Almanac 2021 for the ministerial use of the Church. The Deputy Moderator Rt. Rev. Dr Reuben Mark, and the General Secretary Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja received the first copies of the Almanac. Almanac is one of the important documents, Church of South India publishes to support the worship and ministry of the church. Moreover, this document reveals Biblical, theological, and ecclesiastical understanding of the Church. And the preparation of the Almanc is a combined effort of the CSI, Church of North India (CNI) and the Mar Thoma Church which are having communion under the Communion of Churches in India (CCI).
Copies of Almanac are available at the CSI Synod Book Shop. You may order it with the Pastoral Concerns Department of the CSI Synod too. Please do contact Mr. Vincent +91 9043455709.
Rev. Princstone Ben,
Pastoral Concerns Department,
The Regional IPM (Tamil Nadu South Region), a programme of the Department of Pastoral Concerns of CSI, which is being conducted at Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai is in progress. Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja, the General Secretary of the Church of South India had inaugurated the Regional IPM on Nov.17, 2020. Rt.Rev.Dr. M.Joseph, the Bishop of Madurai-Ramnad Diocese has presided over the inagural function. 47 Pastors from four Dioceses of South Tamil Nadu Region are participating in the institute. Regional IPM is designed for capacitating pastors in areas of administration, human resource management, finance management, legislation, information technology and contextual pastoral ministry.
EMS General Meeting adopts a strategy for 2021-2026.
Churches from India and Indonesia become EMS guest members.
(Stuttgart, 18 November 2020) Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja, the General Secretary of the Church of South India (CSI) Represented the Church in the General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) which was held online for the first time in 33 years. The meeting agreed to expand their association by accepting two churches as guest members. For the time being, the Church of North India (CNI) and the Protestant Church of West Sulawesi (GKSB) will have a guest status for the next two years and may take part in all EMS programmes. However, they will have no voting rights in association bodies and will receive no financial support for projects during this time. A decision regarding the final inclusion of the two churches will be taken at the next EMS General Meeting in 2022. The General Meeting also adopted the strategy for the next six years and scheduled the dates for the celebrations of its 50th anniversary.
The Church of North India (CNI) has about 2.2 million members in 4,500 congregations served by around 2,150 male ministers and 56 female ministers. The CNI extends over 22 of the 28 Indian states. The CNI was inaugurated in 1970 by the union of six churches of different Protestant denominations and runs 564 schools. For the past 30 years, it has maintained partnerships with the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN) and the education fund of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck (EKKW).
The Christian Church of West Sulawesi (GKSB) split from the Toraja Mamasa Church in Sulawesi in 1977 due to the enormous distances involved. Its 19,200 members live in 105 congregations in the rural areas of West, South and Central Sulawesi. They are served by 44 male ministers and five female ministers. In 2012, the GKSB founded a Theological College to remedy the most pressing problem of the lack of ministers. At present, 80 young people attend college.
The future strategy of the EMS for 2021-2026 is based on the slogan “Free for the future”. Among the strategic aims are the expansion of participation and the internationalisation of all work areas. It is the intention of the EMS to evolve as a “learning association" and to find new approaches to issues such as communication and visibility.
The EMS Anniversary Year will start on 16 September 2021 with a Theological Conference hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. During the following twelve months, the EMS Anniversary Year will be celebrated according to Luke 4:18 with events such as a youth festival. It will end with a thanksgiving service and an international reception at the Hospitalhof conference centre in Stuttgart on 16 September 2022. The Hospitalhof was the birthplace of the “Evangelical Mission Society in South-West Germany” on 16 September 1972.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Meeting for the delegates of all EMS member churches took place for the first time online at the end of last week. The EMS General Meeting, which welcomes delegates from the 28 members convenes every two years. It is the key body of the EMS and decides the association’s orientation and long-term strategy.
Report based on the Press release from Ms. Regina Karasch, Print Editor, EMS.
CSI VELLORE DIOCESE
In the year 1919 Kasam Agricultural Institute (KAI) was build and established by De Valois’s with a dedicated Mission and Passion which he had towards Agriculture Ministry. Kassam consists of about 330.30 acres of land near Katpadi, Vellore Diocese in which he planned to establish an agricultural farm and for its farming training purpose to poor. On 3rd November 2020 Katpadi- Kasam Agriculture Institution celebrated its Centenary day.
CSI SEVA Director Rev. M. Benjamin Inbaraj and staffs Initiated a piolet visit to Kasam on October 13th 2020 with the guidance of Bishop in CSI Vellore Diocese to explore the possibilities and to utilize available natural and human resource in the area, region for the development future benefit of Kasam. After completion of transit walk and orientation with Bishop and the senior staff and pastors of kasam, CSI SEVA shared and discussed their views and possibilities of different project which goes along with the vision of De Valois, such as agriculture and training based activates.
CSI SEVA was invited on 3rd Nov 2020 kasam’ centenary day celebration at (KAI) along with Bishop in Vellore Rt. Rev. H. Sharma Nithiyanandham, Rev Isaac Kathirvelu - Chairman, Treasurer- T. Sundar Raj, Director- Rev. N Sampath Sadhanandam, Accountant- Prof. Tagu kumar, Church pastors and members. CSI Synod Youth Director Rev.Ch.John Nischal Kumar was special invitee.
Based on the observation visit on 13th October CSI SEVA- Program Executives of different projects such as Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Land Labour Life giving AgricultureJEDP, Disha- Disabilities Intervention and LCP – Interfaith peace initiatives were presented proposals for future plan and valuable suggestion focussing on the demand and possibilities in (KAI).
SEVA aims to network with local church, doners other institutions and possible schemes. Training grass root leaders and local congregation with hands on experience on sustainable agricultural techniques which includes, Organic farming, Piggery, Dairy, Beekeeping Extension & Community development etc., forming of women groups, involving people with disabilities and training centre for youth on disaster preparedness and emergency response.
J. George Wesley
hildren's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. It is celebrated on 14 November every year as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education.
The Church of South India, especially the Synod Department of Christian Education, joins this celebration along with millions of children of the Church of South India, the biggest church in South India.