The Institute of Pastoral Management (IPM) for the fourth batch was held from 14-18 November 2016 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. 72 Participants from 23 National Dioceses have attended the intensive training program that is aimed to equip the clergy with managerial skills. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, the Director Pastoral Concerns has inaugurated the program with prayer and a brief reflection from the Bible. The participants have shared the impact stories that are encouraging. “The learnings from IPM were very helpful to me to manage the CSI Retreat Centre and the pastoral responsibilities” said, Rev. Sujeeth Kumar, the Director of Retreat Centre at Kodaiknal. “I wish that this program will be made available to all the pastors of CSI” expressed Rev. Rajendara. “I started doing Bible Studies and Character Studies in my church from management perspective. Besides, me and my husband to form a syllabus for youth fellowship to teach Personality Development, Time Management and Resource Management, which is found to be effective” remarked Rev. Shalinal.
Mr. S.J Anbu, the Executive Director of Christian Institute of Management took session on Administrative Skills while Mr. Raja Christopher, the Director, Operations at CIM led a session on Conducting Meetings Effectively. Ability to listen and patience to create a work culture are proposed to be the greatest qualities of a leader. Finance Management (FM) was led by CA Kandasami, one of the reputed Charted Accountant in India. Internal Control Systems and budgeting was the focus of the session. Dr. D.R. Sadananda, the General Secretary, CSI took a powerful Bible Study on the Self-Assessment which is integral to the management for ‘it can help the process of diagnosis and correction’. He reiterated the fact that the Liturgy helps self-assessment. Stress Management was led by Rev. Dr. Arul Dhas, a Chaplain at CMC Vellore who brought forth the physical, emotional, spiritual, structural and relational issues that contribute for the burn out in the individuals. Disaster Management was led by Mr. Joseph Sahayam, Emergency Officer, CASA who discussed the causes, mitigation mechanisms and disaster reduction mechanisms.
Prof. Dr. David Ambrose, Dr. Raja Shekar and Dr. Venu Gopal from the Department of Law, Madras University and Dr. Sangeetha Gerard from Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Law University have facilitated the Human Rights (HR). 3-Ds of Human Rights namely: Development, Dignity and Discrimination were explained. They have dealt with the Origin and Development of HR, HR & Indian Law, HR from the perspective of the Vulnerable groups. Rev. Dr. Kruba Lilly enlightened the participants on the Human Rights of the Transgenders. Minority Rights was facilitated by Dr. Ambrose that was followed by a plenary where the participants had an opportunity to clarify their queries.
The closing session was chaired by the Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Deputy Moderator of CSI and the Chairperson of Pastoral Concerns Department. He shared his greetings and encouraged the participants to be firm and committed in the ministry. He hailed the IPM for meeting its objective of equipping the Clergy with management tools to be more effective in their Pastoral Ministry. The feedback of the participants was very encouraging as most of them opined that all the resource persons were well qualified and they could get lot of information and knowledge from them which is believed to be very useful in the ministry.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns