Mizoram Presbyterian Church
|Mizoram Presbyterian Church|
|Associations||Presbyterian Church of India
North East India Christian Council
National Council of Churches in India
World Communion of Reformed Churches
Christian Conference of Asia
Council for World Mission
|Founder||Revd David Evan Jones|
|Origin||31 August 1897|
|Branched from||Presbyterian Church of Wales|
|Hospitals||Presbyterian Hospital, Durtlang|
Mizoram Presbyterian Church (Mizoram Presbyterian Kohhran in Mizo) is the largest Christian denomination in Mizoram, northeast India. It was a direct progeny of the Calvinistic Methodist Church (officially named the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1928) in Wales. It was established by the Welsh Presbyterian missionary Revd David Evan Jones in 1897. It was the first church in Mizoram and is now one of the constituent bodies of a larger denomination Presbyterian Church of India (PCI), which has its headquarters in Shillong, Meghalaya. The administrative body called the Mizoram Synod is headquartered at Mission Veng, Aizawl. As the first church, it remains the largest denomination in Mizoram.
In June 2012 the Mizoram Presbyterian Church revoked its official partnership with the Presbyterian Church of the USA with whom it formed alliance since 1999. In its 239th Executive Committee meeting, Mizoram Synod decided that ordination of gay clergy and practice of gay marriage recently endorsed by the North American church was against biblical teachings.
Mizoram Presbyterian Church was established and founded by a Welsh Missionary named Rev. D. E. Jones from the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. The Welsh church had formed Foreign Missionary Society in 1840 in Liverpool to provide missionaries to India. Chosen for Mizoram, Jones arrived in Aizawl on 31 August 1897. The pioneer missionaries F.W. Savidge and J. H. Lorrain, commissioned by Arthington Aborigines Mission, welcomed him and prepared him for his mission. The two missionaries had arrived in 1894 and started school, created Mizo script, and prepared grammar and dictionary. Jones stayed with them until the two departed on 31 December 1897 as Arthington Aborigines Mission handed over the mission field to Welsh Mission. On his birthday on 15 February 1898, Jones opened a school at his bungalow which was subsequently used as a congegrational meeting place such as for worship and Sunday schools. In August 1897, the Welsh Mission had arranged a Khasi Christian Rai Bahadur and his family from Khasi Hills to help Jones, therefore the first enlisted members of the congregation consisted of 6 Khasis in addition to Jones and his wife.
Statistics (as on 2012 Synod Secretary Report)
|Statistics (as on 2012 Synod Secretary Report)|
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
- 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.
- North East India Christian Council
- Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India
- List of Christian denominations in North East India
- "The Mizoram Presbyterian Church". The Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- TNN (12 June 2012). "Mizoram Presbyterian church snaps US ties over gay stand". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Makepeace Sitlhou (12 October 2013). "Let he who is without sin: The Mizoram church & homsexuality". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Page 4: David Evan Jones ‘Zosaphluia’.". Mizo Story. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- G.R. Mawblei. "REVIVAL LEH MISSION". Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- Pioneered Churches in Mizoram
- Official website of Aizawl Theological College
- Official website of Mizoram Synod
- Official website of Presbyterian Hospital, Durtlang