The department of Christian education of the Church of South India organized a three days’ training program named, Trainers of Trainees (ToTs) for Missional Congregations, for the Christian educators and Sunday school teachers from 22nd to 24th November 2017. This took place at the CSI Synod centre, Chennai, in which 76 committed Christian educators from 19 dioceses participated.
The General Secretary of CSI, Rev. Dr. D. Rathnakara Sadananda and the Bishop of Rayalseema Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. B. D. Prasada Rao inaugurated the training program. In his inaugural devotion, Rev. Dr. Rathnakara Sadananda appreciated the role of Sunday school teachers in leading the largest lay movement in the church voluntarily and passionately, which marks the continuity of Christian faith in our churches. In his keynote address, Rt. Rev. Dr. B.D. Prasada Rao reaffirmed the role of Christian education in the mission and ministry of Church of South India.
Rev. Dr. Krupa Victor led a session on the historical overview of Christian education and its impact on the ministry of Sunday schools in CSI. Rev. Dr. Arun Gopal, while speaking on the theme, ‘educational psychology and ministry to children’ reminded the participants to understand every child in order to meet out to the differing needs of them with Christian values.
Special sessions on introducing themes such as human sexuality and ecological sensitivity to Sunday schools were led by Rev. Dr. Jayachitra L. and Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad respectively. Creative ways of communicating gospel through various means such as puppets were also introduced. The training programme was concluded with challenging the participants to carry forward the mission to children by enhancing child-friendly churches and Sunday schools all over Church of South India.
Rev. Dr. Jayachithra L.,
Director, CSI Synod Christian Education Dept.