The Devotee Care Course (DCC) is a recent initiative of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) with an aim to "Embed the Culture of Care" within the devotee communities. The course has been designed, with the purpose that those who have come to the lotus feet of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada may positively identify themselves with ISKCON as a caring society and thus remain active in KC till the last movement of their lives.
Eligibility for the course:
This course is suitable to leaders, caregivers, and other devotees committed to instituting devotee care within ISKCON and in their local, regional and national communities. This course is most helpful to those who attend in teams, offering opportunities for strategic planning.
The features of the course are as follows
Explore the Krishna Conscious principles and values underpinning devotee care.
Analyse research data, including reasons behind any inadequate provision of care.
Formulate corroboratively ideas and standards for good practice.
Practise listening skills, as applied in meetings and other group/ managerial contexts.
Write a strategic plan for applying caring principles in our own contexts/ communities.
Present a report to a hypothetical team to convince them of the value of the devotee care in pushing forward both the global movement and their local project.
Few details of the course
The number of participants can be between 25 to 30, to be able to allow a close personal interaction with everyone.
The Temple president and the Temple management council members are strongly recommended to attend this course, if they have not already done so.
The original duration of the course is 24 hours (appx 8 sessions of 3 hours each) and ideally it requires 4 full days.
(Proposed by Gauranga Das and sponsored by Anuttama Das and Revati Raman Das)
Whereas caring for devotees (vaisnava-seva) is one of the three cardinal principles given by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu;
Whereas Srila Prabhupada was himself a personification of devotee care (example, he built the Lotus Building before the Mayapur temple to facilitate devotees);
Whereas there is benefit to ISKCON to develop devotee communities that are spiritually vibrant and materially stable;
Whereas, often devotees leave or develop bitterness towards the movement due to inadequate devotee care:
That the GBC encourages all ISKCON Temples to hold the four-day Devotee Care Course entitled, “Embedding Care in Krishna Conscious Communities” for all caregivers and administrators.
The course can be conducted in 24 hours: spread over 8 days of 3 hours each or two weekends of 6 hours per day or any other permutation or combination that suits the local yatras.
IIAC Resolution - April 2017
Whereas the GBC Body of ISKCON has put emphasis on devotee care within ISKCON and has mandated the Devotee Care Committee of the GBC's Strategic Planning Network to create the curriculum and guidelines for global awareness and implementation of devotee care.
And whereas the Devotee Care Committee has released course which was blessed by the GBC Body in the AGM, Mayapur 2017.
And whereas the IIAC body is committed to prioritize implementation of devotee care within the temples and communities of ISKCON in India.
It is therefore resolved that the IIAC encourages the Devotee Care Committee to create a sub-committee which will implement the following:
Communicate about the Devotee Care course to all ISKCON India temple leaders.
Identify temples and devotee communities in India where devotee care systems may be implemented.
Identify devotees from ISKCON India who may be trained in Devotee Care Courses.
Arrange for the devotees that are so identified to attend the training courses.
Translate the Devotee Care course materials into relevant regional languages and arrange for the conduct of the training programs in those languages.