Mizoram presbyterian church

Mizoram Presbyterian Church (Mizoram Presbyterian Kohhran in Mizo) is the largest Church in Mizoram state in Northeast India. It is one of the constituent bodies of a larger denomination Presbyterian Church of India (PCI) which has its headquarters in Shillong, Meghalaya in Northeast India. Mizoram Synod, as it is known, is one of the three Churches pioneered by English missionaries in the 19th century. The other two are the Baptist Church of Mizoram and the Evangelical Church of Maraland.

Founder

Mizoram Presbyterian Church was established and founded by a Welsh Missionary named Rev. D. E. Jones in 1897.[1] The first missionary who came to Mizoram was Rev. William Williams (missionary), a Welsh missionary who at that time was a missionary in Khasi Hills, North East India (now Meghalaya). He came into Mizoram in 1891 and preached the Gospel among some of the villages. On 11 January 1894, F. W. Savidge and J. H. Lorrain, commissioned by Arthington Aborigines Mission, reached Mizoram. They stayed for four years. On 31 August 1897, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist's (later changed Presbyterian Church of Wales) missionary David Evan Jones set foot on Mizoram and founded the Church.


Statistics (as on 2012 Synod Secretary Report)

Statistics (as on 2012 Synod Secretary Report)
Presbyteries 50
Pastorates 277
Churches 1,183
Ordained Ministers 480
Probationary Pastors 50
Ordained Elders 4,784
Families 124,015
Communicants 389,814

Women Fellowship (Kohhran Hmeichhia)

Women Fellowship is a fellowship for women under Mizoram Presbyterian Church, and its members are mainly married women. According to the report of General Secretary of Kohhran Hmeichhia, on December 2009, it has 1,43,159 members from 91,423 families.

Kristian Ṭhalai Pâwl

This is a youth fellowship, and is a useful instrument of the Church. In 2012, Biennial General Conference was held at Thenzawl, and according to the report in this conference, the KTP (Kristian Ṭhalai Pawl) has 1,28,116 members and 782 branches, and supports more than one thousand missionaries, inside and outside Mizoram.

Mission

Synod Mission Board is the body in charge of the missionary works of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, within and outside India. It looks after 17 mission fields in India (including Nepal, Home Mission North and South), and sends missionaries to Taiwan, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, China, Nepal, United Kingdom, Samoa, Madagascar, American Samoa and Kiribati. Under Synod Mission Board, 1,758 workers are working for the Kingdom of God.[2]


Statistics of Synod Mission Fields:

  • Pastorate 94
  • Number of churches 350
  • Number of Branch Churches 502
  • Fellowship 312
  • Members 83,797
  • Elders 514

Synod Mission Board established the Missionary Training Department from 1978. The Objective of this centre is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Bible, Missiology and Theology, growth in Christian discipleship and developing skill for cross cultural ministry. In 1991, a pre-service training for the 'would be' missionaries was instituted, and has become a one year course, which each missionary of the Church has to go through. This missionary training centre was upgraded in 2010, and it became Missionary Training College, where anyone can study Missiology.

In addition to MTC, to equip missionaries and new believers, Mizoram Synod run many programmes and institutions. Among these, Presbyterian Hindi Bible School is meant to train new believers of Indian and Nepali. Mission Development Training Centre trained missionaries and new believers in the field of agrilculture, carpentry and dairy farming.

Education

The Mizo Synod operates many schools, from primary level to secondary level. Synod Higher Secondary School, Aizawl has a strength of 58 teaching staff and 870 students. 40% of its seats are reserved for students from rural areas. Presbyterian Girls' School is of Middle School level with 32 teaching staff and non-teaching staff and 484 students. Besides, there are 73 schools, run by the Churches with financial grant from the Synod.

Aizawl Theological College is the only theological Institution with M.Th. studies in the State and is upgraded to Doctoral studies in 2013. It is affiliated to Serampore College (University) as a graduate and post graduate college. This theological college is founded by the first Presbyterian missionary in Mizoram, Rev. D. E. Jones in 1907, then refounded by J. Meirion Lloyd. The Master of Theology (M. Th) programme in Christian Theology had been introduced since 2002 and M. Th. (New Testament and Missiology) respectively are also being introduced from 2007 academic session. The college plans to add M. Th. studies in other disciplines in the years ahead. The college has already become a local centre for Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S), Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip. C.S.), and Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) programmes of the Senate of Serampore College.

School and Colleges under Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod:

  • Colleges 2
  • High schools 24
  • Middle schools 113
  • Primary schools 179
  • Teachers/lecturers 1,853
  • Students 34,924

Mizo Sunday School Union

The Sunday School Ministry of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church is a ministry that puts the Mizoram Church at a very important and outstanding place from all others Churches in India. There are 44,060 Sunday school teachers and 383,888 learners (students).

Healing Ministry

One of the most important in Christian ministries is Healing Ministry. Every mission and church undertaking healing ministry through miracle and medical sciences. Mizoram Presbyterian Church's also taking step in the field of healing ministry. Durtlang Hospital operated by Synod is one of the pioneer medical centres in Mizoram, founded by Welsh missionaries. Besides, it has dispensaries and health centres in rural areas, and clinics inside Aizawl City.

  • Hospital 2
  • Dispensary & Health Centre 64
  • Doctors 32
  • Nurses 246

Association/Affiliation

  • National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) : A member.
  • World Council of Churches (WCC) - a member.
  • World Alliance of Reformed Churches - a member.
  • Maraland Presbyterian Church is an affiliated church under Mizoram Presbyterian Church.

See Also

References

External links

  • Pioneered Churches in Mizoram

  • Official website of Aizawl Theological College
  • Official website of Mizoram Synod
  • Official website of Presbyterian Hospital, Durtlang

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