The Institute of Pastoral Management (IPM) for Batch III is held from 7-10 November, 2017 at CSI Centre, Chennai. 54 participants from all CSI Dioceses are attending the programme with great enthusiasm and are learning on administration, finance management, personality development and legislation. The programme began with the introduction of the IPM by Rev. K. Kames Cecil Victor, Director, Pastoral Concerns Department and self-introduction of the participants.
Rev. Dr. D.R. Sadananda, General Secretary, CSI has inaugurated the IPM with a Bible Study on ‘self-assessment’ that gives us perspectives. in his words, inflated opinion of one’s self and false humility can be detrimental to the self and the Church! Honest self-assessment, constant corrections will help us experience the healing within and improvement in performance.
Mr. Sony Thomas has led sessions on organization development (OD), that is very much dependent on the organizational behaviour (OB), organizational culture (OC) and more specifically on the leadership qualities of the leader. According to him, the developed Church is not about numerics but being contextually sensitive movement empowering society. The participants have expressed that the developed Church is the one that has the spiritual and financial stability, transparent in accounts, safe guards property, treats all genders equally, that which is democratic and shares leadership. Sony has motivated the participants to thik in terms of aligning the statergy, people, process and recources for high performance.
On the second day, Dr. Sadananda lead a Bible Study on ‘grievance redressal’ where listening is a powerful tool and an act of love. Listening educates, edifies, encourages and enlightens! Chartered Accountant Dr. M. Thomas Kandasami took sessions on Financial management with its laws and regulations, exemptions and challenges in Financial Management. In group discussions the participants have identified the challenges in Financial Management and also the way forward. According to them, Pastors and Pastorate treasurers should be periodically trained on Financial Management; centralized and user-friendly software should be made available for accounting purposes; strong rules should be in place for selecting the Treasurers and even taking disciplinary action on failure of responsibilities; Pastors ought to be knowledgeable on Finance Management and give right leadership.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, The Director DPT Communications, CSI Synod enlightened the participants with various advances of information, communication technologies that enhance our ministeries
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns, CSI Synod