we are Working in partnership with the church of Pakistan
USPG has been working in partnership with the Church of Pakistan since its inception.
We support leadership development and theological education, as well as the smooth running of the church's synodical office and diocesan work.
Support for St Thomas Theological College
The Church of Pakistan runs St Thomas Theological College, which is currently training 40 men and women for different church ministries in episcopal and ecumenical set ups.
The college also offers non-formal theological education for preaching and teaching in parishes. At present, 12 men and women are attending twice-weekly classes.
In addition, the college offers in-service training for pastors and catechists, with around 30 being trained at any one time.
The college is a community of around 75 people. Married students live on the campus with their wives and children. All participate in the weekly activities of the college.
The curriculum is benefiting church leaders from throughout the Church of Pakistan, whether or not they have had prior ministerial or theological training.
The result is clergy and laity with an increased ability in handling the teaching and preaching the Word of God contextually.
Women are not ordained in the Church of Pakistan but those who study at the college are equipped with skills to play their role in Christian education and other non-ordained ministries.
Support for the Church of Pakistan Provincial Synod Office
The work of the Provincial Synod Office is to co-ordinate work in the church's eight dioceses.
This involves regular meetings for officers working in departments such as: mission and evangelism; youth and women’s ministries; development; healthcare; and education.
For the first time in the church’s history, desk officers from different dioceses have started meeting together to share challenges and opportunities.
This has opened up networks for them and brought in new ideas and incentives.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Synod Office is engaging in research to look at the operation of COP at synod and diocesan level.