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The Church of South India affirms that the Church is the Servant of God to carry on the mission rooted in Jesus Christ based on the Scriptures. The Church through her mission expresses solidarity with the broken communities for a new hope to face the challenges of life. The Cross continues to be the sign of hope for the witnessing Church, which strives towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation as a vibrant Channel of God.
The Church of South India is the result of the union of churches of varying traditions Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. It was inaugurated in September 1947, after protracted negotiation among the churches concerned. Organized into 22 dioceses, each under the spiritual supervision of a bishop, the church as a whole is governed by a synod, which elects a moderator (presiding bishop) every 2 years. Episcopacy is thus combined with Synodical government, and the church explicitly recognizes that Episcopal, Presbyterian, and congregational elements are all necessary for the church's life. The Scriptures are the ultimate standard of faith and practice. The historic creeds are accepted as interpreting the biblical faith, and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper are recognized as of binding obligation.
Discussions concerning union had begun at a conference at Tranquebar (now Tarangambadi) in 1919, and in 1947, after India attained independence, the union was completed. The Church of South India has its own service book and communion service, both of which draw from several denominational sources. The union, especially in its reconciliation of the Anglican doctrine of apostolic succession with the views of other denominations, is often cited as a landmark in the ecumenical movement.
Formation
On 27th September 1947, the General council of Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, General Assembly of South India United Church and South India Provincial Synod of Methodist Church joined together to from the CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA as the largest united national church in India. The continued growth has been further enriched with the joining of the churches of Basel Mission and the Anglican Diocese of Nandyal. A unique church was born out of the blending of the Episcopal and non - Episcopal traditions as a gift of God to the people of India and as a visible sign of the ecclesiastical unity for the universal church.
Vision
The Church of South India (CSI) affirms that the purpose of the union is to fulfill the priestly prayer of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church "That they all may be one, and that the world may believe that you have sent me". And the Church of South India would become an effective instrument of God's mission so there will be greater peace, closer fellowship and fuller life in the Church and a renewed commitment for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.
 
Commitment Of The Chruch
Being the largest Protestant church in India, the CSI celebrates her life with Indian culture and spirituality and she also raises her voice for the voiceless on matters of justice, peace and integrity of creation. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of India through proclamation of the good news of Jesus; responding to human need through institutional and emergency relief work; through community development projects and skill training programmes for the marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the people and programmes for the integrity of creation. Translating this vision and commitment, the Synod of the Church of South India as the apex body of the church endeavors to encourage, equip and empower her dioceses, congregations and institutions through varied ministries.
The Journey Continues
The CSI is a united and uniting church moving forward with a dynamic vision for The Communion of Churches in India. The Church of South India, the Church of North India and the Mar Thoma Church are already members of this commune of Churches and are venturing into wider ecumenical relations to witness to One Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Mission of the Church
The Church of South India affirms that the Church is the Servant of God to carry on the mission rooted in Jesus Christ based on the Scriptures. The Church through her mission expresses solidarity with the broken communities for a new hope to face the challenges of life. The Cross continuous to be the sign of hope for the witnessing Church, which strives towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation as a vibrant Channel of God.
 
Moderator 
Rt. Rev. G. Devakadasham
(Bishop, Kanyakumari Diocese)
CSI Diocesan Office,
71 A, Dennis Street
Nagercoil, K.K. Dist – 629 001
Tamil Nadu,
South India.
Deputy Moderator
Rt. Rev. Dr. G. Dyvasirvadam
Bishop’s House
St. Andrew’s Cathedral Compound,
Cantonment (Main) Road,
Machilipatnam 521002
Andhra Pradesh
South India.
 
General Secretary 
Ar.M.M.Philip
(Madhya Kerala Diocese)
CSI Centre, #5, Whites Road,
Royapettah, Chennai – 6000 014
Tamil Nadu,
South India.
 
Honorary Treasurer
Dr. Bennet Abraham
(South Kerala Diocese)
Palli Vila Veedu, Gandhipuram Rd
Sreekariyam P. O.,
Trivandrum – 695 017
Kerala,
South India.
 
CSI TA
Church of South India Trust Association was constituted as a legal holding body of the movable and immovable properties of the Church of South India. The CSI-TA was registered in September, 1947 under Section 26 of the Indian Companies Act 1913 (now Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act 1956) as a Religious and Charitable Company which has no business character and with no profit motive. The properties of the Churches in Union have been transferred to CSI-TA.
The main objectives of the Trust are:
To act as Trustees for the CSI and accordingly to acquire and hold immovable and movable properties for the purpose of the Trust within the territory of India.
To aid and further the work of CSI and in particular to assist pecuniarily and otherwise all or any of the Societies, Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Institutions and other Charities which exist in connection with the said Church.
To act as Trustees for the maintenance of the Church, Bishops, and other workers of the Church.
The Jurisdiction of the CSI-TA covers the 21 l Dioceses and other Units under their control spread over the four Southern States of Andra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu and Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Hon. Secretary
Ar.M.M.Philip
CSI Centre, #5, Whites Road,
Royapettah, Chennai – 6000 014
Tamil Nadu,
South India.
Hon. Treasurer
Dr. Bennet Abraham
Palli Vila Veedu, Gandhipuram Road
Sreekariyam P. O.,
Trivandrum – 695 017
Kerala,
South India.
 
Dioceses
Vellore Diocese
Rayalaseema Diocese
North Kerala Diocese
Medak Diocese
Madhya Kerala Diocese
Krishna Godavari Diocese
Karnataka Central Diocese
Dornakal Diocese
Coimbatore Diocese
East Kerala Diocese
www.csieastkerala.org
 
Mission Partners
Council for World Mission (CWM)
www.cwmission.org
Methodist Church
www.methodist.org.uk
World Council of Churches (WCC)
www.wcc-coe.org
USPG: Anglicans in World Mission United Society for the Propagation of Gospel (USPG) 
www.uspg.org.uk
Evangelisches Missionswerk in Sudwestdeutschland (EMS) Association of Churches and Missions in South Western Germany 
www.ems-online.org
Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PCN)
www.kerkinactie.nl
Church Mission Society (CMS)
www.cms-uk.org
The Anglican Communion
www.anglicancommunion.org
The Church of Scotland (COS)
www.churchofscotland.org.uk
Reformed Church in America (RCA) Mission Partners India/MPI 
www.mpi-inc.org
The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK)
www.prok.or.kr
World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC)
www.warc.ch
Uniting World (Development Unit of Uniting Church in Australia)
www.unitingworld.org.au
14. The Presbyterian Church in Korea
www.pck.pck.or.kr
15. National Council of Churches in India (NCCI)
www.nccindia.in
 
 
CSI-EMS LAISON OFFICE
EMS stands for Ecumenical Mission in Solidarity, an Association of Churches and Missions founded in 1972, bringing together five Churches and five Mission Societies in Germany.  Now EMS is an International Fellowship with Churches in India, Ghana, South Africa, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.
 
In the Church of South India, EMS supports several Programmes organized by the Departments and Dioceses.  Many of the Partner Churches in Germany are in Direct Partnership with CSI Dioceses.  Through mutual Visits and Voluntary Service of Young People, intercultural exchange and ecumenical learning is promoted. EMS works together with CSI in addressing issues related to HIV and AIDS, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Girl Child related issues and such other concerns.  Thus EMS seeks to partner with the Church of South India in its service to the poor and needy, responding to the demands of the Gospel. 
The EMS has established a closer link to the CSI through its Liaison Office in the CSI Secretariat.
 
The General Secretary
Church of South India Synod 
CSI Centre,
# 5, Whites Road, 
Royapettah,
Chennai – 600 014
Phone:             +91 – 44 – 2852 1566       / 4166, 
Fax: +91 – 44 - 2852 3258,
E-mail: [email protected]
 
 

 
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