CONGREGATION DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OUR MISSION IS TO SEE THAT ALL CONGREGATION MEMBERS ARE HAPPY IN PERFORMING THEIR DEVOTIONAL SERVICE

PURPOSE OF CDD

  1. To instill, maintain and improve cultivation practices, which are consistent with the mood and principles of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, as modelled by Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple.
  2. To proactively inculcate these practices in the congregational preachers and managers, so as to best serve the growing congregation by giving them a consistent and inspiring experience.
  3. To provide resources to the congregation programs to support them in their activities and growth.
  4. To proactively provide training to prevent conflicts in congregations. To identify and resolve conflicts when they arise, and help maintain the mood of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple in the congregation programs.

Vision

Continuous expansion of the congregation preaching connected with Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple, with increasing engagement and commitment of the members.

Mission

Facilitating the healthy and systematic growth of Congregational Preaching, and Management of Congregation Programs by providing guidelines, training and resources.

CDD ORGANISATION & MANAGEMENT

Core CDD – The Core CDD consists of 6 members who lead and guide the overall initiative related to Congregational Development under the aegis of the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple leadership. The constituent parts of the CDD are:

  1. Local CDD – The Local CDD exists in 8 regions in and around Mumbai and consists of 7 to 9 members (mix of Brahmacharis, Grihasta Prabhujis & Matajis) who oversee the local congregation programs in their zones, and drive implementation / adherence to the CDD initiatives / guidelines.
  2. Training Content Development Committee – This committee is a group of devotees who are tasked with building content for Training of Preachers, Managers and Mentors connected with the congregation programs.
  3. Mentor System – The Mentor System is a “Bridge” between the Congregation programs and the Devotee Care system with a network of Mentors, Servant Coordinators and Servant Leaders, who systematically train new devotees coming from the congregation programs in the practical aspects of Krishna consciousness for a fixed period.
  4. Resolve – The Resolve Team consists of 5 devotees who are specifically trained on a systematic process to help resolve conflicts among congregation members that are affecting the smooth functioning of congregation programs.
  5. Children’s Cultivation Committee – This committee will engage and encourage the children of congregation devotees to get connected and trained in Krsna consciousness.

CORE CDD TEAM MEMBERS

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    Baldev Das

    COM Chairman Board, Congregational Preacher

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    Keshav Chandra Das

    COM & Finance Committee Member, Congregational Preacher

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    Radha Gopinath Das

    LC Member, Congregational Preacher

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    Sridama Sakha Das

    Congregational Preacher, Counsellor

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    Sudhir Chaitanya Das

    Congregational Preacher, Counsellor

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    Sundar Rupa Das

    Congregational Manager, Counsellor

LOCAL CDDs TEAM MEMBERS

SOUTH ZONE

  • Braj Mohan P
  • Anand Gopal P
  • Nityanand Caran P
  • Radharani Priya M
  • Dayanidhi P
  • Nrsimha Tirtha P
  • Satsvarupa P
  • Kalyani Radhika M

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Narsimha Tirtha P
Mobile: 9619661378
Email: nrtd.rns@gmail.com

NORTH ZONE

  • Gaurang Priya P
  • Hari Gopal P
  • Sunder Rupa P
  • Kripasindhu P
  • Sarvagya Krsna P
  • Nadia Kishor P
  • Suhas Nandy P
  • Suvarna Gopi P
  • Monica Nandy M
  • Madhu Madhav P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Suhas P
Mobile: 9819039279
Email: nandy557@gmail.com

FAR NORTH ZONE

  • Bharat Chandra P
  • Pawan Gopinath P
  • Parmeshwari M
  • Vrindavan Ranjan P
  • Hemlata Vijay Jagbandhu M
  • Mahabhagavat P
  • Achyut Avatar P
  • Jai Krishna P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Maha Bhagawat P
Email: mahabhagavat.rns@gmail.com

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Vedamata M
  • Navin Gopal P
  • Prem Hari P
  • Abhay Keshav P
  • Radharaman Priya P
  • Remuna P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Remuna P
Mobile: 9819283656
Email: rajiraja2002@yahoo.co.in

NORTH EAST ZONE

  • Keshav Candra P
  • Lilashuka P
  • Krsna Gaur P
  • Keshav Madhav P
  • Ananda Lalita P
  • Vishnu Vilas P
  • Shourinandan P
  • Vaishali Patil M
  • Dharmaraja P
  • Jai Damodar P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Dharmaraja P
Mobile: 9833747313
Email: datkam3@gmail.com

WEST ZONE

  • Krsna Kumar P
  • Bhakt Caran P
  • Radha Sangi M
  • Prakashanand P
  • Girigovardhan P
  • Bankimray P
  • Balram Anand P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Krishna Gopal P
Mobile: 9819041021
Email: kgd.gghs@gmail.com

NAVI MUMBAI

  • Vamsi Dhar P
  • Madan Murari P
  • Venu Krishna P
  • Anandini Sundari M
  • Vraj Govinda P
  • Gadadhar Dev P
  • Santosh Unawane P
  • A.Venkat Ramani P
  • AnandRam P
  • Baldev P
  • Amal Balaram P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Anand Ram P
Mobile: 7021551419
Email: amarsir4u@gmail.com

THANE

  • Audarya Gauranga P
  • Hemangi Mahajan M
  • Sugandhi M
  • Gajendranath P
  • Mythilirani M
  • Prahlad Narsimha P

SPOC (Single Point of Contact)
Audarya Gauranga P
Mobile: 9930997971
Email: ashish.kokate09@gmail.com

TRAINING CONTENT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
  • Pavaneshwar P
  • Sukumar Krishna P
  • Mahabhagavat P

SUPPORTING NEW PROGRAMS

Policies for House Program

Programs in Homes:

  1. The principal preaching, activities and internal communications (through groups) associated with the program should be based on the teachings of ISKCON.
  2. At least one committed organiser/ preacher, taking responsibility of the program on a long term basis.
  3. Programs in homes is one of the ways to start satsangas, as a program can be started with minimum investment and a small number of people like immediate neighbours. However, home programs have natural space and societal (like social strata issues, or timings set by housing societies, etc) limitations and should not be a permanent affair. Gradually they should be shifted to a public place as the number of devotees increase.
  4. In a home program, it is expected that the host (or team of organisers) would be conducting and sponsoring most of the activities related to running of a satsanga, and should not directly or indirectly express to the congregation the need for their participation in services, unless they themselves volunteer for them by being inspired.
  5. Prasadam could be cooked at home for the program by the host. However, if devotees choose to voluntarily sponsor the prasadam ingredients cost, then the quantity of raw materials procured and prasadam cooked should be proportionate to the numbers of devotees attending. Prasadam preparation can also be outsourced if appropriate.
  6. The hosts should be careful not to engage (or expect) the devotees who come for the program to assist in their household work even if these devotees offer their help.
  7. Winding up after the program: If any one voluntarily comes forward to help (for instance to wash their own plates, or removing the carpets / chairs / sound system, or cleaning the floor) they can be engaged but one should not force any one to do any type of service, nor should we make them feel guilty for not serving by our words or actions.
  8. The hosts should not ask for any money from the devotees attending the house program, but if they voluntarily wish to donate, these donations should be accepted specifically for a service like sponsoring the prasadam or any festival related Abhishek, etc, and should be announced at the end of the program, and be transparently accounted for. If donations start coming on a regular basis, there must be a management committee set up to oversee the program and get it formally registered with the CDD.

Also, if the number of participants in the program crosses 20, the program should be registered with the CDD.

For any satsang Program to be registered under CDD, it must fulfil all the following criteria:

  1. The principal preaching, activities and internal communications (through groups) associated with the program should be based on the teachings of ISKCON.
  2. At least one committed organiser/ preacher, taking responsibility of the program on a long term basis.
  3. Once the size of the program exceeds 20 devotees, a management committee must be formed as per the guidelines provided by CDD
  4. Such Satsang Program must be conducted on regular basis (Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly)
  5. At the earliest, there should ideally be atleast one trained / senior couple (care givers) who are attending and connected with the program for cultivating the devotees.
  6. For new programs the preacher / organiser will be trained by the CDD. For all existing preachers / organisers / cultivators, a training and certification process will be initiated and run on an ongoing basis.
  7. It should ideally be conducted in a public place and in case being conducted in a home, the responsibility of organising should be by a team (not just the host).

If donations are being collected for running the satsang program then proper accounting statements should be maintained by the management committee and circulated among the Local CDD.

CATEGORIES OF PROGRAMS

Policies for House Program

Programs in Homes:

  1. The principal preaching, activities and internal communications (through groups) associated with the program should be based on the teachings of ISKCON.
  2. At least one committed organiser/ preacher, taking responsibility of the program on a long term basis.
  3. Programs in homes is one of the ways to start satsangas, as a program can be started with minimum investment and a small number of people like immediate neighbours. However, home programs have natural space and societal (like social strata issues, or timings set by housing societies, etc) limitations and should not be a permanent affair. Gradually they should be shifted to a public place as the number of devotees increase.
  4. In a home program, it is expected that the host (or team of organisers) would be conducting and sponsoring most of the activities related to running of a satsanga, and should not directly or indirectly express to the congregation the need for their participation in services, unless they themselves volunteer for them by being inspired.
  5. Prasadam could be cooked at home for the program by the host. However, if devotees choose to voluntarily sponsor the prasadam ingredients cost, then the quantity of raw materials procured and prasadam cooked should be proportionate to the numbers of devotees attending. Prasadam preparation can also be outsourced if appropriate.
  6. The hosts should be careful not to engage (or expect) the devotees who come for the program to assist in their household work even if these devotees offer their help.
  7. Winding up after the program: If any one voluntarily comes forward to help (for instance to wash their own plates, or removing the carpets / chairs / sound system, or cleaning the floor) they can be engaged but one should not force any one to do any type of service, nor should we make them feel guilty for not serving by our words or actions.
  8. The hosts should not ask for any money from the devotees attending the house program, but if they voluntarily wish to donate, these donations should be accepted specifically for a service like sponsoring the prasadam or any festival related Abhishek, etc, and should be announced at the end of the program, and be transparently accounted for. If donations start coming on a regular basis, there must be a management committee set up to oversee the program and get it formally registered with the CDD.

Also, if the number of participants in the program crosses 20, the program should be registered with the CDD.

STARTING A NEW PROGRAM
For any satsang Program to be registered under CDD, it must fulfil all the following criteria:

  1. The principal preaching, activities and internal communications (through groups) associated with the program should be based on the teachings of ISKCON.
  2. At least one committed organiser/ preacher, taking responsibility of the program on a long term basis.
  3. Once the size of the program exceeds 20 devotees, a management committee must be formed as per the guidelines provided by CDD
  4. Such Satsang Program must be conducted on regular basis (Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly)
  5. At the earliest, there should ideally be atleast one trained / senior couple (care givers) who are attending and connected with the program for cultivating the devotees.
  6. For new programs the preacher / organiser will be trained by the CDD. For all existing preachers / organisers / cultivators, a training and certification process will be initiated and run on an ongoing basis.
  7. It should ideally be conducted in a public place and in case being conducted in a home, the responsibility of organising should be by a team (not just the host).

If donations are being collected for running the satsang program then proper accounting statements should be maintained by the management committee and circulated among the Local CDD.

SUPPORTING EXISTING PROGRAMS

What are the services/facilities we intend to provide to all congregations:

Help for expansion of programs | Sharing of best practices  | Resources – preachers, BG Course, List of Prasadam providers/kirtan groups, etc, | Training – Topics/content for Seminars, Expansion ideas, Effective Fund utilisation, etc | Issue resolution

Managing the program

  1. Database of devotees
  2. Proactively planning for new programs/expansion of existing
  3. Location of the program – preferably public place
  4. Transparency in money matters – policies for fundraising and use
  5. Management by a group of devotees with equal standing/say
  6. Set up & wind up of program by a team
  7. Shared Responsibility matrix – roster over a period of time
  8. Provide facilities according to the needs of the audience
  9. Budgeting/Planning for major outlays – festivals/BG Course

Guidelines for creation and running of Management committee :

  1. The Management committee should be formed as soon as there more than 10 devotees attending the particular satsang. The size could vary depending on the needs of the program. This committee should be composed of devotees who are committed to ISKCON and are chanting, and are of nearly equal standing with the preacher / organizer in spiritual or atleast in social perspective.
  2. The main purposes of the committee are to ensure smooth running of the satsang, enabling a consistent and inspiring experience for the congregation, ensuring adherence to spiritual standards & Vaishnava etiquette by all key stakeholders, setting systems for follow up, and planning for the growth of the congregation in numbers and their commitment to ISKCON.
  3. The committee should set up a good example of Vaishnava etiquette by showing exemplary behavior.
  4. All members should have a mood of a servant rather than a controlling body. (How I can best serve others by connecting them to Krishna)
  5. Regular meetings should be conducted – at least once in three months. Minutes should be maintained for all meetings to ensure that actions agreed get executed.
  6. There should be good communication and relations amongst the members. Any decisions should be taken unanimously by the committee and not by one person. Any misunderstanding/disagreement amongst the committee members should be discussed and resolved immediately.
  7. As the congregation grows, sub-committees could be created and sevas should be allocated.
  8. Special attention should be given to children care.
  9. All Money transactions should be transparently accounted for, and every member in the committee should be aware of it.
  10. Should take regular feedback from the devotees who are doing service and do the necessary corrections if any.
  11. Should ensure that the database of devotees attending the satsang is up to date, and keep sharing the same with Local CDD.
  12. For any resources it is not able to muster on its own, the Management Committee could contact the local CDD.
  13. Should maintain a good rapport with the local CDD members by regularly giving feedback and seeking any suggestions.

Cultivating the devotees in satsang program through

  1. Inspiring and relevant sastric lecture in line with our Parampara.
  2. Following Standard Vaishnava etiquettes in dealings.
  3. Providing Quality prasad
  4. Follow up after programs (personal care) – ultimately connecting with “devotee care” systems – mentor and counsellor systems
  5. Welcoming Newcomers
  6. Occasional Cultural activities after programs
  7. Occasional outings to cultivate family atmosphere
  8. Engaging devotees according to their nature & propensity
  9. Have a separate facility of caring for / cultivating children during the program
  10. Observing important festivals
  11. Regular Kirtans, Vaishnav bhajans on occasions
  12. Organising chanting groups
  13. Announcements / any other communication after the class
  14. Connecting program members to the larger family of devotees / projects for services
  15. Seminars on relevant topics according to Needs, Interests, Concerns of program members – eg parenting, grihasta shram, etc
  16. Connecting them to congregations, when devotees move to other locations.
PROGRAM ORGANISATION

Managing the program

  1. Database of devotees
  2. Proactively planning for new programs/expansion of existing
  3. Location of the program – preferably public place
  4. Transparency in money matters – policies for fundraising and use
  5. Management by a group of devotees with equal standing/say
  6. Set up & wind up of program by a team
  7. Shared Responsibility matrix – roster over a period of time
  8. Provide facilities according to the needs of the audience
  9. Budgeting/Planning for major outlays – festivals/BG Course
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Guidelines for creation and running of Management committee :

  1. The Management committee should be formed as soon as there more than 10 devotees attending the particular satsang. The size could vary depending on the needs of the program. This committee should be composed of devotees who are committed to ISKCON and are chanting, and are of nearly equal standing with the preacher / organizer in spiritual or atleast in social perspective.
  2. The main purposes of the committee are to ensure smooth running of the satsang, enabling a consistent and inspiring experience for the congregation, ensuring adherence to spiritual standards & Vaishnava etiquette by all key stakeholders, setting systems for follow up, and planning for the growth of the congregation in numbers and their commitment to ISKCON.
  3. The committee should set up a good example of Vaishnava etiquette by showing exemplary behavior.
  4. All members should have a mood of a servant rather than a controlling body. (How I can best serve others by connecting them to Krishna)
  5. Regular meetings should be conducted – at least once in three months. Minutes should be maintained for all meetings to ensure that actions agreed get executed.
  6. There should be good communication and relations amongst the members. Any decisions should be taken unanimously by the committee and not by one person. Any misunderstanding/disagreement amongst the committee members should be discussed and resolved immediately.
  7. As the congregation grows, sub-committees could be created and sevas should be allocated.
  8. Special attention should be given to children care.
  9. All Money transactions should be transparently accounted for, and every member in the committee should be aware of it.
  10. Should take regular feedback from the devotees who are doing service and do the necessary corrections if any.
  11. Should ensure that the database of devotees attending the satsang is up to date, and keep sharing the same with Local CDD.
  12. For any resources it is not able to muster on its own, the Management Committee could contact the local CDD.
  13. Should maintain a good rapport with the local CDD members by regularly giving feedback and seeking any suggestions.
PROGRAM FOLLOWUP

Cultivating the devotees in satsang program through

  1. Inspiring and relevant sastric lecture in line with our Parampara.
  2. Following Standard Vaishnava etiquettes in dealings.
  3. Providing Quality prasad
  4. Follow up after programs (personal care) – ultimately connecting with “devotee care” systems – mentor and counsellor systems
  5. Welcoming Newcomers
  6. Occasional Cultural activities after programs
  7. Occasional outings to cultivate family atmosphere
  8. Engaging devotees according to their nature & propensity
  9. Have a separate facility of caring for / cultivating children during the program
  10. Observing important festivals
  11. Regular Kirtans, Vaishnav bhajans on occasions
  12. Organising chanting groups
  13. Announcements / any other communication after the class
  14. Connecting program members to the larger family of devotees / projects for services
  15. Seminars on relevant topics according to Needs, Interests, Concerns of program members – eg parenting, grihasta shram, etc
  16. Connecting them to congregations, when devotees move to other locations.

RADHAGOPINATH CHILDREN COMMITTEE

PURPOSE

  1. Overall development of Children – physical, emotional, social & spiritual
  2. Providing a shelter which children can comfortably turn to.
  3. Planting & Nourishing their seed of bhakti.
  4. Instilling the Foundational Values of Life
  5. Creating a safe space for revealing their hearts in confidence  & seeking guidance.
  6. Character Development – Vaishnava Vichaar (thoughts), Achaar (action) and Vyavhaar (interpersonal dealings)

CORE TEAM MEMBER

  • Sridama P
  • Kishori M
  • Dayalu Rama P
  • Radhika Kishori M
  • Narasimha Lila P

RESOLVE

WHAT IS RESOLVE?

Resolve is a trained Team of experienced devotees that has been created under the umbrella of the Congregational Development Department (CDD). It is authorized by the Top Management of Radha Gopinath temple to assist congregations in resolving any significant issues or conflicts which are affecting the smooth functioning of the satsang programs.

WHY RESOLVE?

To proactively identify and address / resolve issues in existing congregations, provide them with resources to help reconnect to the mood of SSRG.

TEAM MEMBER

  • Anand Gopal P
  • Abhay Chaitanya P
  • Dayanidhi P
  • Raghunath Charan P
  • Rohininandan P

MENTOR SYSTEM

Mentor System is a facility where, an experienced devotee “mentor”, helps you to progress in spiritual life by providing care and training in various aspects of Krishna Consciousness. However, it is only a bridge for 2 years to get connected to Counsellor System.

Role of a Servant Leader

  • Overall accountability of smooth functioning of mentor system in their respective region.
  • Inspiring and guiding mentors in their ongoing services as a mentor.
  • Ensuring once a month meeting with Servant Coordinators and mentors.
  • Quarterly meeting with Servant Coordinators to check the functioning of the mentor system and ensuing reporting to Core CDD by Servant Coordinators on the same.
  • Training mentors on various aspects of devotee care, right attitude in Vaishnava leadership.
  • Timely intervention in case of any kind of conflicts connected to mentor system and keep CDD core informed about the issues.
  • Give suggestions to CDD Core based on the local needs of mentors, mentees and preachers.

Role of Servant Coordinator (SC)

  • Coordinate regional Mentors meetings.
  • Give assessment report monthly of all Mentors of their region to Core CDD.
  • Acting as a member of the allotment committee, the SC should coordinate to connect new devotees to Mentors system and thereafter to counselors system.
  • In case of any fresh candidate qualified to become counselee directly, arrange for an interview with the allotment committee.
  • After 2 years of being in the Mentor system, if a mentee does not progress to consistently chanting 16 rounds daily and following 4 regulative principles, then the necessary action can be taken in consultation with Servant Leader and mentor on a case to case basis.
  • To plan and organize monthly training session of mentors with the Servant Leaders on the regular basis.
  • To participate in Servant coordinator- Servant Leader meetings with Core CDD.
  • To facilitate the resolution of conflicts or issues raised by mentees or mentors in consultation with the Servant  Leader

IDEAS FOR EXPANSION

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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HARINAM SANKIRTAN

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GAUR NITAI SHOBHA YATRA

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GFS

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KARTIK DAMODAR FESTIVAL

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GITA RECITATION

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ADHIK MAAS

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MAHABHARAT / RAMAYANA

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BHAGWAT SAPTAH

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KIRTAN FESTIVAL