The Clergy Family Refresher Course - 2019 held at Shanthidhaara Retreat Centre, Waynad from 1-3 June 2019 to equip the clergy and their families for missional congregations. The annual retreat held by the Department of Pastoral Concerns is inaugurated by the Chairperson and the Deputy Moderator of CSI Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao. Rev. Salomi Sunanda, W.F. President of Dornakal Diocese and Mrs. Bindu Royce, W.F. President of Malabar Diocese have shared their felicitations and prayed for the retreat. About 80 participants from all over CSI, including children, have attended this refresher course.
Day one had sessions on Scope of Ministry by Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director, Pastoral Concerns and evening devotion was led by Rev. Solomon Paul, the Director, Youth Department, CSI Synod. Day-2 began with the Holy Communion Service celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator, CSI. During the day, Rev. Solomon Paul inspired the participants to engage with the Youth to build Missional Congregations while Dr. Lambert Kishore facilitated the Stress Management session to help the clergy and the families to identify stress causes and mechanisms to manage stress. in the second part of the day, the participants had an opportunity to explore the glory of God in the creation and be rejuvenated in the scenic beauties of Waynad.
Day -3 began with a praise and worship and devotion led by Rev. Robin Marshall from Karnataka Central Diocese who shared a challenging message on spirituality and consumerism. Later, the day had sessions on Family's Role in Effective Pastoral Ministry by Rt Rev. Dr. Royce Manoj Victor, Bishop in Malabar and Transformative Missional Engagements by Rev. Maxcin John, the Director, Mission & Evangelism, Synod. Participants discussed various challenges and opportunities in pastoral ministry and presented their views. The program concluded with the remarks by the Chairperson Bishop Vadapally Prasada Rao and vote of thanks proposed by Rev. James Cecil Victor; prayer by Bishop Royce Manoj and benediction by the Deputy Moderator Bishop Prasada Rao.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns