Mission Statement of MOSC




The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church believes that it is the responsibility of the Church to be co-workers with God in the task of transformation and divinization of the whole creation. This is the mission of the Church.


The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church understands Church essentially and fundamentally as a worshipping community. In that sense it is the Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It therefore is in perfect participation and fellowship with Him. This worship carries the whole created world to God in Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. Even though we take the whole created world seriously we believe that humans, created in the image and likeness of God, have a special role to play in this worship. Therefore we would also say that the Church need to be people oriented and not structure or power centers oriented. The object of this worship is “divinization” of humans and transformation of the whole environment of humans created by and under the dominion of God.


The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church recognizes its God given role in carrying out God’s mission in this world. We, therefore believe that, are called to be a dynamic mission-oriented community. While we gather the strength from worship, we also gather inspiration from the tradition of the Church which is the testimony of the ever continued work of God in history and hence which is open to future. While tradition includes those testimonies of the work of God in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the writings of the Apostles and Church fathers, we also take seriously the continued work of the Holy Spirit even today. Hence, we are bound to take various traditions, cultures, ideologies and communities among humans seriously. The guiding principle of the divinized world is the idea of the Kingdom of God that is already been inaugurated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and waiting for consummation. Since the presence of God is experienced in history, we need to address every change that occurs in fields of religion, culture, science and technology. The Church should respond meaningfully to social, political and economic questions particularly in regard to justice and human rights and help the life of humans qualitatively better every day.

For this task the Church should, first go through a process of self critique, correction and transformation on an every day basis without which it will not be able to credibly challenge the world around. Being divinized through communion with God in and through the liturgical life of the Church, and by personal spiritual exercises, every member of the MOSC is called to be stewards in the world according to God’s plan. We hope with God for a New Heaven and New Earth. In our language we call this ‘the sacramental life on earth.’ This life is lived in Kenotic dynamism or love expressed in suffering and is the ideal methodology for mission.

There are basically two areas of mission: one, internal and two, wider.

  1. Internal mission aims at educating the members of the Church to be disciplined and dynamic and so as to equip them to be better witness to Christ’s saving act. Proper didactic work within the Church is the primary task of the community. Teaching and preaching ministries are taken seriously. Both occur in the context of meaningful worship of the community.

In order to be an efficient witness in every local situation, the Church should undertake initiatives toward indigenization and inculturation in the area of worship, theology, art, architecture, music etc.

The people of the ‘Diaspora’ of the Church require immediate attention. The Church needs to impart its liturgy, faith and tradition in a manner and language meaningful and contextual to them. The Church should also understand the problems of its youngsters and equip them to address them meaningfully and encourage people to take up various responsibilities inside and outside the Church.

Family as the fundamental and basic unit in the society, which is the prototype of Kingdom of God need to be vitalized. Involvement of women in Church’s mission needs to be enhanced and emphasized.

Monasteries have been the power houses of the Church in every area of mission. We hope to revitalize the monasteries considering the changing situations and social context. Life and working patterns in the monasteries need to be freshly evaluated and studied and necessary changes need to be brought in.

2. Wider mission aims at serving the created world in general to accomplish the salvific work of God in Christ for the creation. Our method of mission is ‘witnessing’ or martyria (Acts 1:8) rather than attempting for numerical or territorial growth of the Church.

The MOSC has specific role in building and maintaining peace at the level of denominations, religions, communities, ideological groups and nations. Being an agent of peace and reconciliation, the Church is committed to explore ways and means to end all kinds of wars, communal fights, litigations and conflicts which block the effective witness of the Gospel.

We encourage both formal and informal dialogue with people belonging to other Christian denominations, religions, faiths and ideologies for better mutual understanding and co-operation. It would help walk the common pilgrim path, and together explore methods to address challenges of time.

We involve in people’s movements and liberation struggles, expressing our solidarity with victims, especially Dalits and Adivasis to ensure justice, dignity and equality for them. We appreciate the successful work already being done by the Churches and communities and individuals among the poor, the marginalized and the otherwise-abled. We wish to join hands with them in establishing a just society.

The world that was created and found good by God has been made bad by our greed and exploitative attitude and without any sense of true trusteeship. Therefore, ecology has become a genuine concern of the time. We have to correct our attitude and help nature regain its vitality.

Another area for immediate attention is HIV/AIDS, where prevention and awareness programmes need to be initiated along with care and rehabilitation of positive people.

We wish to prioritize the empowerment of women in general and those among the members of the Church in particular. It is the task of the Church to train and equip them and to give them opportunities to be meaningful witnesses.

Establishing a department for relief and natural calamities is part of our wider mission.

We do not consider ‘charity’ as a means of expression of sympathy. It is basically an attempt to empathize. We do not think that simply providing the immediate need is the primary task of the Church, though at certain situations this may be required. Our task, rather, is to create an atmosphere where all can live and work with dignity and in participation so that people can help themselves. So we help people help themselves. Awareness and perspective building is the best way to achieve this.

While the Church disapproves of forceful or induced conversion from any religion or faith or ideology, it reserves the right to accept voluntary and genuine believers in to full membership and communion in the Church under the framework of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and of the law of the land where ever applicable.

On the basis of what has been already said, we hope that the whole created world would truly transform in to the Kingdom of God. Our mission hopes to have life abundant in humans and in the environment

Mission Board of the Church needs to be reorganized and revitalized in order to identify and inspire persons who wish to witness Christ through the Church effectively in response to the need of the time. Lay ministry need to be given enough importance and individuals need to be encouraged to be effective witnesses in the Church. We should explore and utilize all modern means of communication and networking for more effective witness in this globalized world.

Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan (Convener)

Funeral of HG Thomas Mar Athanasius

His Grace Metropolitan Thomas Mar Athanasius of Chengannoor Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church passed away on August 24th, 2018 and was entombed on August 26th, 2018 at St. George Monastery, Othera, near Chengannoor. I was there to pay His Grace my last Respect as a brother metropolitan and also as the Manager of Catholicate and MD Schools Corporate Management. His Grace served the Church as the Manager of the Corporate Management gracefully for ten long years. Great Shepherd go now in peaceā€¦