The aims and objectives of Diocese
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
- 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.
- Making efforts for establishing the courses like M.B.A and others Management Courses.
- 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
- 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.
- Extending the medical services by establishing a couple of Rural Health Care Centres in West Godavari District and Krishna District respectively.
Empowerment of Children
- 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.
- 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
- The society where the Krishna-Godavari Diocese is situated, still needs lot of enlightenment in terms of education, health, nutritious food, ecological concerns etc.,
- The skill development programmes have to be widened to different parts of the Diocese in order to empower the rural youth.
- As agriculture is the predominant occupation, awareness and proper guidance is needed to the agriculture peasants to carry out their work without incurring losses.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- To continue the mission of educating the children.
- To provide better environment for learning
- To improve the quality of education
- To enable children even from illiterate families to become literates.
- 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.
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.
- Yetipower Parish in Bantumilli Deanery has been bifurcated into two, viz., Yetipower and Komallapudi as Parish Headquarters
- Gudivada into two, viz., Gudivada-1 and Goodman pet.
- Poranki, Vijayawada East Deanery into Poranki and Enikepadu.
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.
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
- Paderu Mission Field in Visakhapatnam District.
- Singarayakonda, Prakasam District.
- Ananthagiri at Araku with the help of IMST.
- Ramachandrapuram Mission Field
- Visakha Mission Field
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.
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.
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.
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.