Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church (Malankara Mar Thoma Suriyani Sabha as it is called in native Malayalam) is one of the oldest groups of practicing Christians in the world. Believed to be followers of one of the original disciples of Jesus Christ – St. Thomas (also called Didimus or Thomas, the doubter). It is widely believed that the Apostle St. Thomas came to Muziris on the southwest coast of India in AD 52 and laid the foundations of Christianity in this part of the world.
Today, the headquarters is located at SCS Campus, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India, and has over a million adherents spread worldwide. The goal and function adopted by the church are:
- To be the repository of the divine doctrines revealed by Jesus Christ and proclaimed by His Apostle
- To maintain these doctrines in their purity
- To promote the spiritual life of its members through the administration of sacraments and by the ministry of the WORD
- To make disciples of all nations by the proclamation of the Gospel to all the world, and through the administration of Holy Baptism in the name of True God