Who we are?
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan came into being in 1947.It is a sovereign country in south Asia, with the Population of about 190 million. It is the second most populous Muslim majority country in the world. Its Christian population is about 3%. Pakistan is divided into five provinces, namely: Baluchistan in the west bordering Iran and Afghanistan being the largest area. Gilgit-Baltistan is in the Northern most area and so is mountainous. Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (the former NWFP). Is in the North- West and borders with Afghanistan and China through the Silk Route. Punjab is the largest province in population and is set in the heart of the Country, bordering with India in the East. Sindh is in the south and borders with the Arabian Sea and has the Metropolis of Karachi, which is also the main sea- port so far.
Pakistan is mainly an agriculture based economy, but is gradually moving into an industrial economy as well. It has a lot of potential in minerals, which are yet unexplored. Its literacy rate is 58% (2015), with Education expenditure being 2.5% of GDP (2013) and Health-care Expenditure is 2.7% (2013)
It enjoys all four seasons with landscape stretching from high mountains in the North, descending into the plains and eventually into the Arabian Sea.
The Church community has its roots in the Christian faith brought to South Asia by St. Thomas, one of the Twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. It somehow vanished during the subsequent invasions in the Northern areas of South Asia and survived only in South India, through the traditions of the small Mar-Thoma Church. It had its rebirth through the modern missionary movement from the West, so its present roots go back almost 200 years. It is almost equally divided between Roman Catholic and Protestant communities, along with the mushrooming of many small Independent and Pentecostal movements.
The socio-economic position of the Community is rather poor, and unfortunately majority of them are still engaged in menial jobs. There is an urgent need to make them a viable and stable socio-economic Community. However, her faithfulness to the faith in Jesus Christ is solid and stable.
Our Moto & Vision
The Church of Pakistan came into being on All Saints day in 1970, as a result of union amongst the Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and the Scottish Presbyterians. The motivation and the compulsion was to fulfill the last wish of our Lord “ that they may be completely one.” The impulse for this came from the Ecumenical conference of Edinburgh 1910 and the birth of the Church of South India in 1947.
It still maintains very strong and meaningful relationship with its “mother Churches” of the West, through participating both in bilateral and multi-lateral programs and engagements. It also keeps its doors open to other Churches, friends and well-wishers, who want to engage with the ministry in this part of the world.Read more ..
What we do?
This is almost in the Centre of the Punjab and is very much a rural Diocese. Faisalabad, the third largest city of Pakistan, is its urban Centre. It has been a nursery of Anglicanism.
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The Church of Pakistan is a united Church, formed in 1970 as a result of the merger of Anglicans, Scottish Presbyterians, Methodist and Lutherans in Pakistan, making a unique blend of traditions. The Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan was formed in 1980. It consists of the whole Sindh province of Pakistan except Karachi. The Diocese enables urban and especially rural Sindh to develop in response to its different spiritual, physical and social needs. The Diocese is a registered trust and society under the Companies Act 1913 (Reg: No: KAR/PAR/43 of 84-85) and Society Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Reg: No: 4109).
There are 26 Parishes in the Diocese and most of them have a core congregation of Punjabis who became Christian in 19th centaury during the Christian Movement in Punjab and later some Christians were migrated to other provinces including Sindh for earning their livelihood through agricultural activities and other civic jobs.
In 1947, when Pakistan became an independent nation, most of the rich Hindu families of urban Sindh migrated to India but the poor and depressed classes belong to the various Hindu tribes remained in rural Sindh where the opposition from the Muslim majority was minimal. There are over 30 tribes who are mostly tenant farmers. Some of them also worked for years as the bonded laborers in the fields of local landlords. Due to the pressure from Islam, many of them have left idolatry but they did not show any interest in converting to Islam. Having a low self esteem and self respect from their poor social, physical and economic condition, they are uniquely open to Jesus’ message of love and salvation. Since 1981, the Diocese of Hyderabad has been serving these tribal people sincerely and faithfully through establishing parishes, schools, hostels and hospitals in rural Sindh. Inspiring from the Diocesan approach to share the Good News and love of Jesus practically, many of them have accepted Jesus as their Savior and growing in their faith and social status.
THE DIOCESAN MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan is to uplift, support and empower the marginalized communities of Sindh, Pakistan, in order to express the love of God through word and deed.
THE DIOCESAN VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan to be a strong, sustainable, worshipping community that is a light to the people of Sindh, committed to serving them for the glory of God.
THE DIOCESAN CORE VALUES
Our values are to be Christ-like, praying and praising God and trusting Him to provide for our needs and to empower us to use our gifts responsibly with openness and honesty: enjoying our diversity and showing respect to all.
THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DIOCESE OF HYDERABAD
The Diocese of Hyderabad wishes to work for a better model of church development that provides a cost effective means of evangelism and discipline to build strong Christian communities in urban and rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan.
The activities of the Diocese include:-
- Sunday School Ministry
- Youth Ministry
- Women Fellowship Ministry (Including Young Women Fellowship Desk)
- Bible Study & Prayer Groups
- Outreach Ministry (including the Audio Visual Centre and Village Outreach and Evangelism)
- Education Ministry (Schools, Hostels, Projects)
- Medical and Healthcare Ministry (Hospitals, Projects)
- Integral Mission Programme.
- Community Development Programmes (Including Community Based Schools ,Women Empowerment, Social and Financial Education, Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Initiatives)
- Capacity Building Programme for Clergy and Diocesan Staff
- Interfaith Dialogue
LIST OF THE DIOCESAN SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, HOSTELS, PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES
- Piggott Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School, Hyderabad
- Piggott Annexe High School, Hyderabad
- John’s High School, Mirpurkhas
- Barnabas Middle School, Nawabshah
- Saviour’s High School, Sukkur
- Kunri Christian Primary School
- John’s Boys Hostel, Mirpurkhas
- Khipro Home for Boys, Sanghar
- Kunri Christian Hospital, Kunri
- Mission Hospital, Sukkur
- Audio Visual Centre, Rattanabad, Mirpurkhas
- Aman Gah (Previously Kunri Crafts), Kunri, Umerkot
- Integral Mission Programme
- Capacity Building Programme
- TB Control Programme (SACHA ),Rattanabad, Mirpurkhas
- Village LEAP Programme (Primary Education Project)
- Village Outreach Programme.
Founded in the year 1970, the Diocese of Karachi and Baluchistan is actively working towards spreading the Word and for the betterment of the society.
The Diocese is responsible for the Ecclesiastical activities taking place in Karachi and Baluchistan. Spreading the Gospel, taking initiatives for educational, health and spiritual growth are the responsibilities of the Diocese that it is vigorously working on.
Our recent project, Holy Trinity Cathedral University, has been developed with the vision of providing quality education and taking a stance towards building the next generation of Pakistan.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseofkarachiandbaluchistan/
Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and the spiritual and socio-economic uplift of its members, in an Islamic context. In fulfilling its mission, the Lahore Diocese recognizes the rich diversity of gifts both among men and women,
and seeks to provide training where possible.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflahore/
It is in the south of the Punjab and is primarily rural with a couple of main urban Centers. Perhaps it has the largest number of Christian villages with Methodism as its heritage.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/multandiocese/
Peshawar Dioceses (KPK & Tribal Area)
It comprises of the whole of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also Gilgat-Baltistan,FATA(Federally Administrated Tribal Area) PATA (Provincially Administrated Tribal area) and Northern Areas of Pakistan. Its heritage is both from the Anglicans and Lutherans.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Peshawar-Diocese-102929089765362
Website Link: http://www.peshawardiocese.org/
Diocese of Raiwind is one of the 8 Dioceses of the Church of Pakistan and came into being in 1980, 10 years after the Church Union in which Anglicans, Scottish Presbyterian, Lutherans and the Methodist amalgamated to form the Church of Pakistan. Dor within its Episcopal jurisdiction comprises the former United Methodist Mission areas and is predominantly rural and semi-urban. The central diocesan office is in Lahore, based at Warris Road. The Diocesan area stretches out from Warris Road, almost 65 miles South of Lahore.
Website Link: http://dorcop.org
It has heritage of the Scottish Presbyterian traditions and is both urban and rural in natur, with Sialkot being a major export Center. This whole area is the cradle of Punjabi Christianity.
Our Diocese Directories
Church of Pakistan 2016 DIRECTORY
|Serial No.||Dioceses of the Church of Pakistan||Clergy/Parishes||Catechists/Lay Pastors||Educational Inst.||Farms||Health/Medical Inst.||Com. Dev. Projects||General Inst.||Ordinands/Seminarians, Evangelists, Librarians|
|01||Dioceses of Faisalabad||40||5||6||2||–||–||–||–|
|02||Dioceses of Hyderabad||25||–||11||–||2||5||–||–|
|03||Dioceses of Karachi||47||–||7||–||2||–||4||–|
|04||Dioceses of Lahore||35||41||23 (6 in Pindi & Murree)||–||–||–||–||–|
|05||Dioceses of Multan||57||10||13||–||1||1||–||–|
|06||Dioceses of Peshawar||23||8||16||–||5||–||–||2,2,3|
|07||Dioceses of Raiwand||27||5||7||–||–||1||–||–|
|08||Dioceses of Sialkot||37||–||10||–||–||–||–||–|
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