Congregational Preaching - It's History and Importance - ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry

Congregational Preaching – It’s History and Importance

By His Holiness Bhakti Brnga Govinda Swami

The congregational preaching mission is the most important aspect of our International Society for Krsna Consciousness. When ISKCON first began it was an ashram-based society. Over the past forty-one years, the society has grown vastly. Now, there are more devotees living outside the temple than within.

In many regions of the world, we have seen attempts to enhance congregational development. Some attempts have been more successful than others. It is very important that all of our devotees embrace congregational preaching.

They should take the faithful members of our congregation, and systematically train them in Krsna consciousness. Devotees should help increase their service spirit for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission.

We should have a group of dynamic devotees who are inspired to spread harinama sankirtana. They will preach the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam and Caitanya caritamrta and inspire people to become first-class devotees.

The Congregational Development Ministry is an extremely important aspect of our society. I would like to request all of our members to try and understand how we can implement Nama-hatta and Bhakti vriksha groups in a more concrete and sound way. This will help us to further the mission of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Nectar of Congregational Preaching’ by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry)

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