Department of Teaching Ministry



 LAY INSTITUTE FOR FAITH EMPOWERMENT
                                                                       




          (LIFE- The Department of Teaching Ministry under  Kottarakkara-Punalur Diocese)
 
FOUNDATION: Teaching Ministry relies on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ “ to   go and make Disciples” (Mark 16: 15)
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VISION     : Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
Mission    : “Growing In Faith Together


Teaching Ministry relies on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ “ to   go and make disciples” (Mark 16: 15).   “And He gave some  Apostles and some Prophets, and some  Pastors, and Evangelists and some  Teachers”    (Ephes 4:11) .Teaching Ministry relies on the Gift of Teaching, Wisdom and other forms of Revelatory Gifts. Task of the Teaching Ministry is to create contexts of learning and to develop love of wisdom and understanding, through Bible study, Theological and Philosophical discussion groups. Teaching Ministry encourages the participant to identify his own role in the ministry in relation to the Church Ministry, the Local parish and upholding the motto of the Church “Lighted to Lighten”.
In 2014, The  Diocese Council, chaired by Thirumeni , Rt.Rev.Dr.Euyakkim Mar  Coorilose Episcopa,  decided to start the  Department of Teaching Ministry and approved Vide Circular No.24 Dec.13, 2014 to start  6 months Certificate course for Spiritual Build up  and Development of  Laity, and empower the Laity for Wisdom,  to be Christ Centric and Make readiness for Mission. The functioning of the Department is monitored by a  team consisting of the Diocesan Bishop, Rt.Rev.Dr.Euyakkim Mar  Coorilose Episcopa as the Patron;  the Bishops and Diocese Secretary, Rev. Eapen Cherian;   Chairman   and  Convener of the Teaching Department as its members. 
Rev.Sabu Koshy, Salem Marthoma Church, Thalachira was designated as Chairman  of  the Department in 2014 and  contributed  till   May 5th 2015  as he left to Mumbai on transfer to the Mumbai Diocese.  Then, Rev. Saji P.Thomas, Karippuram Christos MTC was  designated as  Chairman of the Department  from   10-5-2015  onwards. Er. T.K.Yohan, Mukhathala MTC was nominated as Convener  of the Department  since its  inception,  in 2014.
 
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Training Programmes conducted by LIFE
 
1)    LIFE  First Batch Inauguration
First Batch Training was inaugurated by Rev. Eapen Cherian, Diocese & Bishop ‘s Secretary  on  Feb 28 , 2015. Felicitation made by Rev. George Jose, Jubilee Mandiram Superintendant, on the occasion.

First Batch Participants
There were 29 participants from 18 parishes attended the programme at Kottarakkara Jubilee Mandiram as given below :
1) Kallada Nilamel   5  , 2) Mukhathala  6 ,3) BMTC Puthukkad 1,  4)  Vilangara Salem   1 5) Andoor Jerusalem  1 , 6) Kundara Salem  2 , 7) Kundara Bethel       1, 8 )  St.Johns  Pera    1, 9) Pattamala 1 ,  10) Thrikkannamangal   1,  11) Chakkuvarakal Immnuel   1,  12) Vattomon Horeb    1,  13) Pulamon Bethel                 1,  14) Villoor Salem   2,  15 )Avaneeswaram Immnuel        1, 16) Panaveli   1 , 17 ) Kottarakkara  Salem     1, 18) Plappally    1 

First Batch Faculty

The following Faculty – 9 Nos-  have taken the classes and led discussions and interactions.
1)  Rev. Sabu Koshy, Thalachira, 2) Rev.Sajan Varghese, Thalachira, 3) Rev.Saji.P. Thomas, Karippuram, 4) Rev.Dr. Easow Mathew, Kombadi, 5) Rev. Bobby Mathew, Kombadi, 6) Rev. P.N.Alexander, Adoor, 7) Rev.Thomas Philip,Kallada Nilamel, 8) Rev.A.C.Thomas, Areeplachi, 9) Er. Yohan.T.K, Mukhathala.               
                       

 First Batch Valedictory & 2) Second Batch Inauguration

In the  First Batch Valedictory function & second batch inauguration held on   September 24 th 2015, certificates were issued to the participants and the  Second Batch was also  Inaugurated by  the Diocese Bishop Rt.Rev.Dr.Euyakkim Mar  Coorilose Episcopa.

Second Batch Participants
In total 33 participants -29 new and 4 old participants – have attended the Batch 2 Training programme from 12 parishes at Kottarakkara Jubilee Mandiram.
1)Kallada Nilamel          8,  2) Thrikkannamangal    4,  3) Thalachira Salem       3,  4) Ambathumkala Horeb 1  , 5)  Kokkadu    1 ,  6) Kottara    1 , 7 ) Kundara Salem     5,  8)  Mylom                     4 ,  9) Mukhathala            3,  10)   Christos Karippuram   1  11)  Chengamanadu        1 ,       12) Pattamala          1 
Second Batch Faculty
The following Faculty- 9 Nos-  have taken classes and led the discussions.
1)      Rev. Sabu Koshy, Mumbai , 2) Rev.Dr.George Mathew, Kattanam , 3) Rev.Dr. Easow Mathew, Kombadi, 4) Rev. Dr.G.Varghese, Odanavattam, 5) Rev.Sajan Varghese, Thalachira, 6) Rev. Bobby Mathew, Kombadi, 7) Rev.A.C.Thomas, Areeplachi, 8) Rev.Saji.P. Thomas, Karippuram, 9) Er. Yohan.T.K, Mukhathala.  
                                     
Second Batch Valedictory and  3) Third Batch Inauguration

In the Second Batch Valedictory function and third batch inauguration  held on 11th June, 2016, certificates were issued to the participants and third batch was inaugurated by the Diocese Bishop, Rt.Rev.Dr.Euyakkim Mar  Coorilose Episcopa at Jubilee Mandiram Kottarakkara.


Third Batch Partcipants
The number of participants attended the programme were 17 Nos from 9 parishes.(includes 1 from old batch). The programme was held at Jubilee mandiram Kottarakkara.
1)Kallada Nilamel          2,   2)  Panaveli Bethel           3  ,    3) Andoor, Jerusalem     1,   4) Peringalloor      1 , 5) Thalachira Salem       1  ,  6)  Kundara Salem     5 ,  7)   Perayam     1    8) Chengulam        1 ,  9)   Christos Karippuram   1,   10)   Others     1 
Third Batch Faculty
The following 7 Nos, faculty has led the classes, interactions and discussions.  
1)      Rev.Dr.George Mathew, Kattanam  , 2) Rev.Dr. Easow Mathew, Kombadi  , 3)  Rev. Dr.G.Varghese, Odanavattam   4) Rev.A.C.Thomas, Areeplachi   5) Rev.P.J.Varghese, Kulanada   , 6) Rev.Saji.P. Thomas, Karippuram  , 7) Er. Yohan.T.K, Mukhathala.
 
 
Third Batch Valedictory and 4) Fourth Batch Inauguration
          Third Batch Valedictory function and Fourth Batch Inauguration held on 2nd  July, 2017 at Jubilee Mandiram Kottarakkara. Certificates for the Third batch participants were issued and the Fourth batch was inaugurated by the Diocese Bishop,  Rt.Rev.Dr.Euyakkim Mar  Coorilose Episcopa. The programme is scheduled to be held at St.Thomas Marthoma Church, Tholicode, Punalur.
 
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          LIFE  TRAINING PROGRAMME FEATURES 
 Certificate  Programme  of Six Months Duration –a level 1 programme for Lay Ministers
-           Setting  opportunity  for  Life Long Learning/continuous education
                      -    Setting facility for Lay leadership Development
Certificate Programme  Features
                 -     Eligible who are 18 years of age and above 
-          20 Modules/topics and 24 classes/sessions
-          24 classes of 3 hour duration total 72 Hrs
-          Classes over a period of six months duration
-          Classes on every Saturday FN or AN according to the convenience
-          Last Half hour for interaction or discussion in every  classes
-          Normally,  Classes conducted either at Kottarakkara or Punalur
-          Study Notes  available for all the Modules
 
Syllabus    20 Modules – 24 sessions
1)       Bible - History
2)      Bible- Canonization, Translations
3)       Old Testament- 3 modules
4)       New Testament- Gospels, Letters etc
5)      Jesus- Life & Teachings
6)      Holy Spirit
7)      Christian Theology
8)      Christology
9)      Ecclesiology
10)  Eco- Media Challenges
11)  Mar Thoma Church- Faith & Practice
12)  Sacraments- 2 modules
13)  Liturgy
14)  Mar Thoma Church -Organisations & Welfare Institutions
15)  The Universal Church- History & Faith formation
16)  Ecumenism
17)  Family- Challenges and empowerment
18)  Hermoneutic Principles and Sermon -2 modules
19)  Counselling Basics
20)  The Church – Mission, Evangelism &  Witnessing
 
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How to Apply for the forth coming LIFE - Certificate Programme ?
 
Batch 4 programme  is scheduled to commence on August 5 Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM at St.Thomas Marthoma Church, Tholicode , Punalur .


Contact Persons
1)      Rev.Saji.P.Thomas, Chairman, LIFE,  (Panaveli  Bethel MTC)               
              Tel. 0474- 2470316,    9961478125 (m) 
2)      Er.Yohan.T.K,    Convener, LIFE,   (Mukhathala MTC)                 
                Tel. 0474 2501039,      8547063349 (m)
3)      Rev. Biju.T,  St.Thomas MTC, Tholicode, Punalur
 Tel. 0475- 2222997,    9446960777

 

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