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
The Department of Pastoral Concerns held the Young Theologians Consultation (YTC) on 13-14 June 2019 at CSI Centre, Chennai. About 60 fresh theological graduates from 23 national Dioceses have attended this consultation to have the over all view of the vision and mission of the Church of South India. “Total submission to God requires sacrifice of the self. Ministry demands personal relationship with God and protecting one’s self from pride and corruption of the world” said, Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, CSI at the inaugural of the consultation. In the Key Note address, Rev. Dr. D. R. Sadananda, the General Secretary, CSI reminded that the saying of Jesus “Do this and you will live (Luke 10: 28) is an invitation for a radical discipleship that requires eyes to see, ears to hear and capacity to feel and respond.” Dr. Sadananda provoked the participants to be “a commoner” and move from superiority to hospitality and healing. The YTC had a special session on ‘Issues in Palestine’ from justice perspective. Dr. Ranjan Solomon, Rev. Vincent Manoharan, Rev. Asir Ebenezer and Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumalla were the resource persons at this session, moderated by Dr. Richard Devadasson.
Second day, the morning devotion was lead by Rev. Christopher Vijayan, the General Secretary, NMSI and the sessions were lead by the Directors of Synod enumerating various missional engagements. Rev. Maxcin John spoke about the Mission Priorities; Rev. Solomon Paul spoke about Engaging with the Youth for Missional Congregations; Rev. Sunil Raj Philip inspired them the communicate effectively and Rev. James Cecil Victor presented the Scope of Ministry. The Department of CSI-SEVA shared women empowerment projects. The participants had a broader view of the mission and ministry of CSI and also an opportunity to interact with fellow theologians on the possibilities and challenges in ministry.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns
Periodical Meetings.Publication of Bible Studies, Advent Meditation, Lenten Thoughts, Sermon Outline
Almanac 2019 Sundays and Special Days
Almanac 2019 Daily Readings
Almanac 2017 Daily readings
Almanac 2017 Prayers for special occassions & Liturgical colours
Pastoral Aid Department fo the Church of South India Synod has been engaged in training and equippin
ALMANAC - 2018
Kristu Jijnasa - Volume 3
Kristu Jijnasa - Volume 2
Kristu Jijnasa - Volume 1
The Cave of the Heart: A collection of prayers of contemplation
REPORT OF THE CONSULTATION ON STRENGTHENING CHURCH LEADERSHIP
To equip the local congregations, pastors, lay people, especially youth and children, towards being transformed to transform. Believing in the motto, 'Be Servants of the Servant Lord', the department focuses on equipping each one of them to have a clear vision about God, Church and Society and deeper passion for Christ and His gospel, rooted in justice and truth.
To provide continuing education to pastors towards equipping them to serve the Church.
To publish Bible study materials and other literature in order to help the pastors and the congregations to meaningfully participate in God's ministry.
To empower the children and youth to bear witness in a changing and challenging world.
To foster leadership qualities among the pastors, youth and children.
To equip the pastors' spouses and other women involved in God's ministry to engage in the same fruitfully and relevantly.
Publication of Bible Studies, Advent Meditation, Lenten Thoughts, Sermon Outlines, Almanac.
Publication of Ministerial Roll, Prayer Diary, Confirmation Curriculum and other Resource Materials.
In-service Training, Personality Development Programmes, Pastors' Summer Family Conference, Young Pastors' Meet, Rural Pastors' Meet.
Regional Youth Programmes, Leadership Development Programmes for Youth and Children.
Regional Children Meet, Sunday School Teachers' Licentiate Course, Peter-Cater Scripture Examination.
Scholarship Programme for Theological Higher Studies, Training in Counselling, Journalism, Homiletics, Liturgy and Worship.
Holy Land Study Tour.