(Church of North India)

The history of the Diocese of Durgapur has a rich and dynamic heritage along with magnanimous memories. Three protestant denominations were involved in this area, namely Church Missionary Society (CMS), Methodist Missionary Society (MMS), and the American Baptist Mission. Thus, the missionary work in this area began about one hundred and seventy-two years ago. It is equally important to introduce the geographical territory of the Diocese of Durgapur. The total area of the Diocese is about 43,340 Sq.km. The Diocese covers the districts of Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, Midnapore, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur. At present it consists of 31 pastorates; 209 churches and the total membership is about 29,948. This is basically the composition of the Diocese. West Bengal also comprises a rich history of the Santal people who have been perennially on the move in search of food, shelter and above all dignity and respect. Jal, Jungle, Jamin and Janwar, were their fundamental assets. It was discovered that the Santals have their own language and literature, art culture and festivals. Thus, we can rightly assert that the Diocese of Durgapur was conceived within the womb of the mission and ministry of the missionaries of the Methodist Missionary Society in the Jangal Mahal. When the historic occasion of the foundation of the Church of North India was taking place on 29th November 1970, Durgapur was not envisaged as a diocese. It took another two years to sort out local and national challenges before it was declared as a diocese. Thus, the Diocese of Durgapur began its ecumenical journey from the year 1972. Historically, the Diocese of Durgapur came on its own as an independent diocese with its own integrity. The umbilical cord with the Methodist Church particularly the MMS, was cut in the year 1974 and the CNI ethos and ethics attained fruition in this area. Later in its ministerial journey, the Diocese engaged in numerous projects to continue the ministry of God. There are Educational, Tribal, Community Development, Anti-Human Trafficking, Hospital, Child Development and a few other projects that encompass the very essence of the Diocese. The different ministries of the Diocese such as Children’s ministry, Evangelical, Healing, Pastoral, Prayer-Shawl, Sunday School, Women’s and Youth Ministry engage in the advancement of the Diocese of Durgapur.

  Diocesan Bhavan Dr. Martin Luther King Road, Bidhannagar, Durgapur – 713212, District- Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India

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