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The Rt. Rev. Dr. V. Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator- CSI, Moderator's Commissary
Bishop

Profile of the Diocese

Krishna Godavari Diocese is one of the 24 national dioceses of Church of South India formed in September 1947. The Diocese is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh covering all the coastal districts in the state. Geographically; the diocese is extended in 8 revenue districts of the state and has a coastline of above 1000 km. The total population of the diocese is 3 lacks only and almost all the congregations belong to dalit community and some pockets are tribal. It has a total of 150 parishes with 700 congregations. 90% of the congregations are rural and it is the rural congregations with which the diocese is identified with. There are more than 20 villages where the entire population belongs to exclusively the Church of South India.

The Diocese is a pioneer in development from centuries and have been implementing various programs in the fields of education, health, social development projects, skill training to youth and women, child care programs, relief and rehabilitation programs for the empower and liberate the people to face the challenges in the society and to lead a dignified life.

The Formation of Krishna-Godavari Diocese

By the end of the 19th century, the Anglican Church in entire Telugu speaking land was under the jurisdiction of the then vast Diocese of Madras. The Dornakal Diocese of the Anglican Church was formed along with the installation of the First Indian Bishop of the great reputation late V. S. Azariah in 1912 and became the first Telugu Diocese in Anglican tradition by the first indigenous missionary society named as The Indian Missionary Society of Tinnelvelly (IMST), comprising of all the coastal districts and some parts of Telangana province. The Diocese of Krishna-Godavari in turn bifurcated from the erstwhile Dornakal Diocese in the year 1947 with Rt. Rev. Y. Muthyalu as its first Bishop. It was one of the five Anglican Dioceses which were joined in the Church Union named as Church of South India on the 27th September of the same year along with other 8 dioceses of Methodist and S.I.U.C Church backgrounds.

The situations prevailed by the advent of Missionaries

The Church in India is sprouted up with the unfolding efforts of the missionaries from various evangelistic missionary societies or associations belonging to different Christian traditions from different western nations. The Church Missionary Society (CMS) is one of such society founded in the year 1799. During the British rule in India in 19th and 20th centuries, the western missionary agencies received repeated requests from the English Government officials to extend their missionary work as the then Indian society was very much backward in terms of poverty, literacy, health, caste discrimination, gender discrimination etc., There were many blind faiths and superstitions prevailed in the society. Dalit and women were the most vulnerable communities in the society.

The Renderings of CMS Missionaries in Telugu Speaking Land

The two southern rivers in India namely Krishna and Godavari plays a vital role in the culture, economy and the means of living in the life of the people of Telugu speaking land in south-eastern coastal plains of India. During 1842, Goldingham, the then English Collector of Krishna District wrote to CMS Home Board, requesting to send the missionaries as he came to a conclusion that this area direly in need of missionary services in filling the spiritual vacuum by providing the educational and other social upliftment programmes. Immediately the CMS responded by sending two missionaries namely Robert Turlington Noble and Henry Walker Fox in the same year. Rev. R.T. Noble mainly concentrated on educational ministry, while Rev. H. W. Fox vigorously involved in evangelization. Both these missionaries operated their entire missionary activities from Machilipatnam, which is an ancient port town of south eastern coast of India. Missionary movement was succeeded by many missionaries such as, Mr & Mrs. Sharkey, Canon F. W. N. Alexander, Rev. A. E. Goodman, Rev. Harrison, Rev. Darling, Sis. Carol Graham etc.,

The aims and objectives of Diocese

Spiritual Nurture
Strengthening the Sunday school ministry in the rural context of the Diocese. Men and material needs to be employed for this mission in order to carry out the annual syllabus for different classes of Sunday school as well as the Vacation Bible Schools.

Vision towards Education
  1. Strengthening the Elementary and secondary education mission of the Diocese by adapting the modern education patterns by safeguarding the children from going back to agriculture labour work.
  2. Making efforts for establishing the courses like M.B.A and others Management Courses.
  3. Strengthening the Noble College in terms of income generation initiations at the wake of the Government’s ban on new appointments.

Vision towards Medical Mission
  1. Efforts are going on to construct a Multi-Speciality Hospital at Vijayawada in order to cater to the health needs of the poor and needy as the health becomes a costly affair in the present day commercial atmosphere.
  2. Extending the medical services by establishing a couple of Rural Health Care Centres in West Godavari District and Krishna District respectively.

Empowerment of Children
  1. At the wake of Kinder not hilfe’s (KNH) new international policy, the number of children is slowly reducing in the residential homes. The Diocese could able to support a few children but adequate measures have to be taken as the orphaned children and children from Dalit / poor backgrounds still looks at the church towards the empowerment.
  2. As the discrimination among the women in Indian society is still prevalent; par with the Government the Church feels the responsibility towards the empowerment of the Girl Child. The efforts of the Girl Child empowerment need to be spread to different pockets of the Diocese.

Vision towards Social Empowerment
  1. The society where the Krishna-Godavari Diocese is situated, still needs lot of enlightenment in terms of education, health, nutritious food, ecological concerns etc.,
  2. The skill development programmes have to be widened to different parts of the Diocese in order to empower the rural youth.
  3. As agriculture is the predominant occupation, awareness and proper guidance is needed to the agriculture peasants to carry out their work without incurring losses.

Women Empowerment
  1. The Diocesan Women’s Fellowship could able to support a few projects for the empowerment of the women. This efforts needs to be widened to some more centres of the Diocese.
  2. Day to day life women are being subjected to atrocity. At least two working women’s hostels with Christian approach needs to be established in the Diocese.

Strengthening the financial resources

The Krishna-Godavari is still struggling hard in terms of financial management in spite of several developmental measures. In this connection some more income generation projects are to be initiated at Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Nandigama, Jangareddigudem, T. Narsapuram, Dharmajigudem etc., in order to strengthen the financial feasibility of the Diocese to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Education Ministry of the Church

During 18th century the missionaries called Church Missionary society, England came to present Krishna Godavari Diocesan area and started their Missionary work. Since the area is predominantly Dalit area, they observed the social condition of these people prevailing in the society and started educational institutions to educate the children of these unfortunate communities. They have established 327 primary schools in Dalit localities attached to the church and so e are still continuing as Church – cum – schools.
During 1920’s all these schools were recognized by the Government and after the formation of the Church of South India, Krishna Godavari Diocese in 1947 all these 327 schools were transferred to the CSI Management. For more than a century it was the pioneering efforts of the Church schools many dalits, dalit Christians and other backward communities came up in life and have also become leaders of the church as well as the Nation.

Contribution of the Church in the Education Ministry

It is the pride of the church that these churches run schools were only educational institutions in the country which catered Educational needs of the people in rural villages. It is gratifying to note that in more than 100 years of its glorious history these church schools have rendered yeoman’s service to thousands of dalits, dalit Christians & other neglected communities through the relentless pursuit of excellence in education and personality development these institutions were engaged in the noble task of forming future citizen of the country.
These institutions have been sending thousands of children to the services who by their character, discipline and their actions have assisted the country a better place for living. They have entered every conceivable field of human endeavor and made a difference where ever they existed. They include distinguished IAS officers, Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Actors, Artists, and Politicians, Leaders of the Nation and State and a host of other vacations.
They have gone across the length of breadth of this great land of ours and also crossed the borders. They went out from here with a blazing faith and essential goodness of their fellow human beings.

Present condition

The primary schools which were recognized by the Government during 1920’s established by the CMS Missionaries have been transferred to CSI management in the year 1947. Most of these schools are thatched sheds without any facilities. At present the condition of these schools are very pathetic and are not able to run the school under these roofs. The Government has been granting very meager amounts to the schools. During the visits of the respective mandal education officers and are threatening the management to derecognize the schools if the management fails to construct a pucca building for the school. In addition to this due to ban on the recruitment the management is not able to recruit the vacancies which occur due to retirements. As a result all the schools became single teacher schools which became burden to the existing single teacher to deal more than 100 children where the actual teacher student ratio 1:40. Because of this the quality of education is also decreasing and the parents are not willing to send their children to these schools. If there are no recruitments in the future these single teacher schools will become zero schools and the children belong to dalit and dalit Christians will be lost their chance to educate in these schools and the purpose of the establishment of these schools by the missionaries will also be lost.

Initiatives of the diocese in the development of education

In the plight of the present situation of the school buildings and in order to improve the quality of education the diocese has been involved in the construction of school buildings in the remote and rural villages since 2000with the following objectives

  1. To continue the mission of educating the children.
  2. To provide better environment for learning
  3. To improve the quality of education
  4. To enable children even from illiterate families to become literates.
  5. To satisfy and meet the Govt. standards
To eradicate illiteracy among children, especially dalit and other socially and economically weaker communities. So far the diocese has been successful in constructing 80 school buildings with a total cost of Rs.2,00,000/- to Rs6,00,000/- each. (The old and new buildings have been enclosed). This construction of rural primary schools has been taken up with the partnership of the local villages and in some places with the partnership of the local MP & MLA’s. Still there is a need to construct another 80 schools which are in bad condition. The prioritization is given for the following villages
  • Remoteness of the village
  • Non availability of any other primary school
  • Local initiatives
  • Student population
  • Local contribution & participation
To run the schools effectively, to lesson the burden of the existing teacher, to improve the quality of education and to response positively the government norms. The church has been appointed 60 Education animators to supplement services of regular teachers.
More than 150 schools were indented as needy schools but as per the budget constrains only 60 animators were finally selected on the priority basis of the following
  • Zero schools
  • Single teacher with more than 150 children
  • Single teacher schools with 120 – 150 children
  • Single teacher schools with 100 – 120 children

These animators were being paid an amount of Rs.1,500/- per month towards honorarium. These animators will assist the existing teacher in the smooth running of the school, form, parent, and teacher – committees, establish rapport between the teacher and the parents and increase the role of the children in the school through regular house visits.

Theological Education

The Diocese has been encouraging the Clergy to upgrade their Theological qualifications in the available theological Colleges/seminaries nationally and internationally. In this Triennium 3 Pastors finished their upgradation programmes and returned back to their services from South Korea and Geneva, Switzerland and one pastor from TTS, Madhurai. While one pastor is pursuing M.Th program at Gurukul, Chennai and another at ACTC, Hyderabad.. There are 16 students pursuing their B.D. course in ACTC Hyderabad, UTC Bangalore, Gurukul, Chennai and Bishops College, Kolkata.
The Diocese has deputed one Presbyter in Muscat CSI Telugu Congregation. The Diocese is at present having 166 full pledged priests, 07 Deacons, 25 Special Bodhakulu and about 60 Evangelists at Mission fields.

Re-grouping of Congregations

Some of the big Parishes were regrouped/bifurcated to facilitate the Pastors to concentrate more and to visit their congregations regularly. To add to the previous re-grouping, in this biennium, the following Parishes were re-grouped.

  1. Yetipower Parish in Bantumilli Deanery has been bifurcated into two, viz., Yetipower and Komallapudi as Parish Headquarters
  2. Gudivada into two, viz., Gudivada-1 and Goodman pet.
  3. Poranki, Vijayawada East Deanery into Poranki and Enikepadu.

Diocesan Projects

The Diocese is having 8 CSI Board of Child Care Homes serving to about 1000 children. Adding to this, special projects like Arunodaya home for the Street Children, Prema Nivas school for the mentally and physically challenged children, Asha Jyothi rehabilitation home for the HIV infected/affected children.

Hospitals and Clinics

At A.Konduru Village, the Diocese has a Community Health Project for the medical intervention. It is serving more than 15 villages surrounded by A.Konduru predominantly belonging to tribals. In Vijayawada, Vathsalya Hospital renders healing ministry with a team of 3 Medical Graduates from CMC Vellore.

Child Focused Community Development (CFCD) Project

The Project has been established at Dharmajigudem in West Godavari District as a CFCD Project in supplying the nutritional food to children 10 surrounding villages and serving the needy people with micro-credit also.

Mission Fields

Ministry in this field is a priority for the Diocese. The mission of propagating Gospel, establishing Congregations and Children Hostels besides providing to meet Health and Educational needs to the Tribal people.

The following Mission Fields have been supported by the Diocese predominantly in the un-reached areas
  1. Paderu Mission Field in Visakhapatnam District.
  2. Singarayakonda, Prakasam District.
  3. Ananthagiri at Araku with the help of IMST.
  4. Ramachandrapuram Mission Field
  5. Visakha Mission Field
Partnerships

The Diocese enjoys Partnership with Ober-Hessen Diocese in Germany, with 3 deaneries viz., Hungen, Kirchenberg, Grunberg in the Church of Hessen and Nassau. The partnership is growing more vibrant every year.
A new Partnership with Madurai-Ramnad Diocese of CSI, was initiated by the CSI Synod Officers. We appreciate the Bishop and Bishopamma of Madurai-Ramnad and their team for their spirit of Partnership.

Educational Institutions

The Diocese is now planning Master of Commerce (M.Com.) Post-Graduate Degree approved by Nagarjuna University at Bishop Azariah Degree College, Vijayawada. P.G.Course with Chemistry at Noble College, Machilipatnam, approved by National Academic Accredited Council (NAAC),. 3 D.Ed Colleges and 1 B.PEd., are going to be started from the coming academic year. By the upcoming of the above Institutions, we hope the Diocese is sure to serve its people in a better way.

Historical Church Buildings

The Church celebrated 150 years of history in different parts of the Diocese at Bhimunipatnam, Eluru, Raghavapuram, St.Paul’s Centenary Church at Vijayawada. The rural Church celebrates its anniversaries between 130-150 years including some Schools and Noble College.

Income generating Projects

During this triennium the Diocese is able to build IVth phase of St.Andrew’s Cathedral Complex (N.T.Gnanaprakasam Complex) at Machilipatnam, CSI Asirvad Complex at Bishop Azariah High School at Vijayawada. Both these two complex buildings will earn good income to support the welfare programmes in the Diocese.

Pastor's Christmas Celebrations

On 24th of November every year, which is our dear Bishop’s Consecration day, the Diocese will celebrate it as Pastors’ Christmas. Every Pastor and his/her spouse will participate in the celebrations and enjoy the fellowship and get the mood of Christmas of the season. In an another occasion, a day before the Lenten season every year, all the Clergymen will attend a Pre-Lenten Seminar and will get prepared for the Lenten Practices and will receive the ‘Lenten Deekshaws’ from the Bishop.

Pastor's Retreats

As a token of remembrance, the Diocese celebrated the 70th CSI Founder’s Day (27th of September) on 8th of October 2016. The Diocese conducted a big event on that day at Vijayawada. Approximately 1000 people including Pastors families participated in the programme and celebrated the event under the leadership of the Bishop and Bishopamma. In commemoration of the above anniversary, the Diocese sponsored to take 30 selected Presbyters to Chennai on 26th, 27th and 28th of September 2016, to be able to participate in the celebrations, held at LITE Auditorium at Chennai and made them for an opportunity to participate in commemoration service, held at St. George’s Cathedral.

10th Diocesan Youth Retreat

This Youth Retreat was conducted in Vijayawada under the leadership of Rev. K. Jason and Rev. Solomon, Synod Youth Director in May 2016, which was witnessed by about 1000 youth representatives from all over the Diocese.

Women’s Fellowship

Under the able guidance of our Bishopamma Mrs. Ramani Dyvasirvadam, President of the Diocesan and Synod Women’s Fellowship, the activities of Women’s Fellowship are very energetic and dynamic in Urban Churches as well as Rural Congregations.

Krishna-Godavari Diocese At a glance

Present Bishop

The Rt.Rev. Dr. G. Dyvasirvadam

Location

Situated at the South-eastern Coast of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Nature

Predominantly a rural Diocese with a few urban and semi-urban congregations.

Languages

Telugu (local vernacular language), some tribal languages like Koya, Lambada, etc.

Membership

Diocese has three hundred thousand of communicant members.

People's Occupations

Predominantly agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fishing and allied.



Ministerial Divisions & Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

Diocesan Level

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Bishop

5 Church Councils

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Respective Church Council Chairman

5 Deaneries

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Respective Deanery Chairman

644 Congregations grouped into127 Parishes

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Respective Presbyter-in- Charge

34 Self Supporting Congregations

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Respective Presbyter-In-Charge

Number of Clergy

Presbyters

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160

Deacons

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07

Ordinands

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07

Commissioned Evangelists

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15

Special Evangelists

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11

Shonorary Presbyters

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04

Mission fields
  1. Araku Mission Field
  2. Singarayakonda Mission Field
  3. Visakha Mission Field
  4. Ramachandrapuram Mission Field
Educational Institutions

Post Graduate Centre

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1

Degree Colleges

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2

Secondary (High) Schools

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6

English Medium Schools

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3

Primary/ Upper Primary Schools

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210

Projects

Residential Child Care Centers

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8

Integrated Child Development Programmes

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4

Special Projects
  1. Prem Nivas Spastic Children Home
  2. Arunodaya Street Children Home
  3. Community Focused Child Development
  4. Asha Jyothi HIV Interaction Project
Medical Intervention
  1. CSI Vathsalya Hospital, Vijayawada
  2. Rural Health Care Centre, A. Konduru
  3. Geriatric Care Centre, Hanuman Junction
Empowerment of Rural Dalit Girls
  1. Flora Technical School, Vijayawada
  2. Navajeevan Dress Designing Centre, Machilipatnam
Ecumenical Partners
  1. Oberhausen Diocese, EKHN, Germany
  2. KORIND Mission Association, Presbyterian Church in Korea, South Korea

Diocesan Officers


Mr. G. S. Sudhir

Secretary

Flat No: TF-3, Mahalakshmi Residency,
Opp: Efftronics, Brindavan Colony,
Vijayawada-520010,
A.P.

0866-2490377
09885155144
0866-2573673
sudhirgovada@gmail.com

Rev. V. I. Rathna Raju

Treasurer

Diocesan Office, CSI TA BASS Complex,
Gopal Reddy Road, Governorpet,
Vijayawada-520002,A.P.

0866-2573673
0866-2573673
09490294759
ratnarajuvalluri@yahoo.com

Dr. Mrs. G. Pramila Kumari

Asst. Secretary

CSI Complex,
Gopal Reddy road, Governorpet,
Vijayawada-520002,
A.P.


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