The formation of Voluntary Evangelists Association (Lay Ministry) in Mar Thoma Church started with a group of enthusiastic people, yearning to present the gospel to others, meeting for prayer and fellowship. The Holy Spirit led them to be the first Voluntary Evangelists in the Church. Their movement was fully supported by the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Thoma. The Association was formally recognized in 1925, as the Evangelical wing of Mar Thoma Church. The Parish Mission in our Parish is a unit of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelistic Association.
The objective of this association is that every member of the Church should be a witness to Jesus Christ, whatever his occupation may be. Those who volunteer to be members of the Association meet together in each parish at least once a week for fellowship, intercessory prayer, Bible study and sharing experiences. Then they go out and contact those who work with them and share the Gospel. They visit the sick and the needy and give spiritual fellowship and material help to them. They work for reconciliation where people are estranged form one another. They also seek opportunity to convey the message of the Gospel to non-Christian friends.
The Parish Mission or Edavaka Mission has a sevenfold program:
- Bible study
- Witnessing and sharing Christian experiences
- House Visit
- Helping the needy
- Prayer Group activities
- Work among non – Christians