Christian Study Centre Pakistan

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Official name Christian Study Centre Pakistan.
Country / Continent Pakistan / Asia
Director of the institute Mr. Meehboob Sada.
Legal holder of the institute Board of management of Christian Study Centre.
Sponsor of the institute ICCO & KIA, Missio, EED-Germany, Church of Sweden, Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, Swedish International Development Agency and USA Covenant Church of USA and Methodist Church-UK.
Year of foundation 1967
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 24 employees.
Staff members of your institute All employees are laypeople.
Contact Director Mr. Mehboob Sada

126, Murree Road

P.O. Box 529

Rawaloindi Cantt.

Pakistan


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Christian Study Centre Pakistan.

Director of the institute

Mr. Meehboob Sada.

Legal holder of the institute

Board of management of Christian Study Centre.

ICCO & KIA, Missio, EED-Germany, Church of Sweden, Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, Swedish International Development Agency and USA Covenant Church of USA and Methodist Church-UK.

Vision / mission statement

Vision: The Centre was envisioned as an autonomous, non-profitable organization, for the explicit purpose of study and research in Christianity and Islam and their relationship.

Main areas of work

Establish and maintain a research library, Research based publications on the subject of Islam and Christianity and their relationship, Publication program for Theological journal named Al-Mushir (The Counselor), Arrange awareness building workshops, seminars, capacity building workshops and focus group discussion meetings on the subject of Islam and Christianity and their relationship, Design study courses on the subject of Theology and Christian Formation, Design and implement the inter-faith harmony projects for target group pertain to three levels of society names as grassroots level (Community based organizations and community leaders), middle level (Journalists, Lawyers, Religious leaders, Women leaders and Intellectuals) and top level (Government officials and politicians), Deliver talks and lectures in conferences, institutes and seminars which are sponsored and financed by any Christian or Muslim group, Develop projects for composite heritage in order to create social harmony among the people of different faiths, Develop human rights education program for religious leaders and facilitation or participation in community activities, programs or studies which are in line with organizational objectives of Christian Study Centre.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

All three levels of society including Christian youth, secular and religious organizations, lawyers, women leaders, religious leaders, intellectuals and community leaders.

Year of foundation

1967.

Organisational structure of the institute

Rt. Rev. Sammuel Azariah, Bishop of Rewind Dioceses-Church of Pakistan (Chairman), Rt. Rev. Anthony Lobo, Bishop of Catholic Dioceses-ISD/RWP

(Board member), Rt. Rev. Victor John Mall, Ex-Bishop Multan Dioceses-Church of Pakistan (Board member), Rt. Rev. Joseph Coutts, Bishop of Catholic Dioceses-Faisalabad (Board member), Mr. Marvin Pervaiz, Regional director of Church World Services-CWS (Treasure), Mr. Victor Azariah, Executive Secretary-National Council of Churches in Pakistan (Board member), Mr. Mehboob Sada, Director, Christian Study Centre, (Director).

Executive committee members compromising of Chairman, Treasurer, Non-executive board member and director, executive committee members compromising of Director, Head of Programs, Head of Administration and Financial Adviser.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

24 employees.

Staff members of your institute[2]

All employees are laypeople.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Mr. Mehboob Director, Master Degrees in Social Sciences, 20 years, Ms. Romona Bashir, Head of Programs, Master Degrees in Social Sciences, 14 years, Mr. Jabran Saroia, Financial Adviser, FCCA, CFC and CIA, 13 years, Mr. Arif Gill, Head of Administration, Degrees in Adminstration/Information Technology, 14 years.

Questions relating to the work of your institute – s. attachement

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Christian education and theological courses, peace promotion and interreligious harmony.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

What notion of God inspires your work?

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.