The mission of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is essentially the continuation of the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Gospel portions record Jesus commissioning his Disciples to certain specific mission. Jesus sends forth his twelve apostles (St. Matthew 10) as well as seventy others (St. Luke 10) with mission strategies to speak about the Kingdom of God warning them about possible persecution and challenges. St. Matthew 28 records Jesus Christ expanding the mission of the disciples by entrusting them with what is known as the Great Commission in the very words “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Foundationally, this is the mission that has been entrusted to the Church. The Orthodox mission is to establish the Kingdom of God on earth bearing in mind that the whole of humanity should be united in the building up of the Kingdom of God. The faithful are both communally and individually a part of the mission to grow the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
The mission of the Indian Orthodox Church in Europe and Africa focuses on three major realities:
- Catering to the spiritual needs of the Orthodox faithful that have migrated and continue to migrate from India and abroad through the provision of accessible pastoral services and church facilities.
- Addressing the needs of the younger generation who live in a culture that is predominantly ‘western’ that does not require any affiliation with the traditional language or cultural practices of Kerala.
- Extending the spirit of Christian fraternity and bilateral relationships to all sections of the local and wider community whilst remaining steadfast to the uniqueness of Orthodox life, liturgy, observances and traditions.