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Institue of Pastoral Management, Phase II, Batch V
Friday, May 19, 2017

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The Institute of Pastoral Management (IPM) for the fifth batch in Phase II is held from 15-19 May 2017 at CSI Centre, Chennai.  20 Pastors who have attended Phase I have attended the programme that focused on Administrative Skills, Finance Management, Stress Management, Disaster Management, Human Rights and Minority Rights.  The IPM began with the re-cap of the Phase I, and impact stories.  Every participant has shared the effectiveness of IPM in their ministry and administration.  Rev. Jaisingh Nobert from East Kerala Diocese saidI was able to face church matters boldly after attending the IPM.  I was able to solve a land problem of 45 years 1 ½ acres land by the help of property law subject”.  Rev. Naveen Kumar from Krishna Godavari Diocese said “through human resource management learning in IPM I was able to mobilize resources for poor people and now helping 55 poor families”.  Rev. Vincely Jeba Sekar from Kanyakumari Diocese said, I am a teaching youths in the Church about time management and IT. Installed projector in the Church.  Computerised Church accounts.  Started web sites for rural Churches.  By learning Christian Marriage Act, was able to solve a problem in a family between husband and wife.  Now the husband has rejoined his wife”. 

Mr. Aby Alexander from Christian Institute of Management (CIM) dealt the administration skills and spoke on strategic planning, effective communication, team building and resource management that are crucial factors in administration.  Mr Raju Christopher from CIM took a sessin on conducting meetings effectively by highlighting the caution to be taken before, during and after the meeting.  How poor preparation, drift from the subject, verbosity, length of meeting, lack of listening, lack of participation turns the meeting ‘negative’ was useful insight for the participants.  “Finance Management is important for the accountability and transparency,  which is our responsibility to the stake holders and the government.  Proper accounting system is part of our ministry to fulfil God-given vision and mission”, was the approach in the finance management session dealt by Dr. Kandasamy, CA. He focussed on the process involved for budgeting and internal controls besides answering several issues and questions raised by the participants. 

Sessions on stress management was handled by Rev. Dr. Arul Dhas from the Chaplaincy Department, CMC Vellore.  He enumerated the reasons for stress, types of personalities by using JOHARI WINDOW, Burn-out, Stages of Disillusionment and Care for the Caregiver. “Some stress is needed to bring out the best in us, but over stress leads to negative behaviour.  Hence it is important to deal with stress”, says Rev. Arul Dhas. Disaster Management session was dealt by Mr. Joseph Sahayam from CASA, who helped the participants to understand the scenario in pre-disaster, post-disaster contexts.  He emphasised on the disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation mechanism, risk reduction and contingency plan with the involvement of Church and Community.

Human Rights which ensure our freedom and right to live were dealt by Prof. Dr. David Ambrose, Dr. Venu Gopal, Dr. Rajashekar, Dr. Sangeetha and Rev. Dr. Kruba Lilly Elizabeth a panel of resource persons from the college of law, Madras University and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University.  They brought to floor the origin and development of human rights, universal declaration of Human Rights, three generational rights, minority rights, Human rights of transgender, Human Rights for marginalized groups: women & children.  “The legal provisions and rights are not for over protection but to ensure minimum protection of the weak, vulnerable and minorities that are susceptible for suppression, exploitation and injustice” says Dr. Sangeetha.  The participants have expressed their gratitude to the Officers of the Synod and the Department fo conducting the Phase II level programme with relevant subjects.

Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Department of Pastoral Concerns