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