Report on the 3rd consultation of MUT, held at CSI Centre, Whites Road, Chennai from February 5 – 7th, 2003. Introduction: The three days of consultation with the members care partners was indeed a beneficial time, ordained by God, to enrich the experience of the CEO‟s and their assistants with time for fellowship, prayer, devotional thoughts and essentially with matters of concern for the members of the missions. Here are some comments shared by the CEO‟s during the consultation: “The members freely share their experience which is very helpful” “Team spirit is wonderful” “I wish that my colleagues are also present” “Voluntary service of friends of MUT is appreciable” “I got lot of information” “Everything very efficiently done” “Awareness of member care was created very efficiently” “Lot of input Here are a few other comments: “More time is needed for interaction” “We need more volunteers” The list of CEOs or the counter parts who attended the consultation is attached Annex I The list of guests, visitors and friends of MUT to the Consultation is attached Annex II Mr. A.S.Chellappa, associated by Mr. R.S.Baliah and Mr. J. J.Ratnakumar coordinated the program. Three musical groups led the participants in devotional worships and songs 1. Mr & Mrs. A.S.Chellappa 2. Team from ICCC. 3. Mr & Mrs. Rambert Rev. Dr. Milton Jeyakaran, the Director of CSI synod for Mission and Evangelism was one of the guests, bringing greetings from Rev. Samuel, the moderator of CSI Churches. He emphasized the need for Church and Mission boards to come closer more and more to deliberate to meet the need of the people. February 5, 2003 Greetings from two eminent persons, Rev. Dr. Sam Kamaleson and Dr. Kelly O‟Donnell were read at the start. Mr. S.D. Reuban, the chairman of FEBA (India & International) in his keynote address said that “best example for member care is none other than Jesus our Lord”! The three principles which Jesus Christ our Lord emaciated are 1. We are called out to serve Mark 10:42-45 2. Jesus Christ is our example John 13:13-15 3. Whatever we do, we do it as unto the Lord Matt.10:40,42 Mr. Patrick Joshua, (the prayer coordinator FMPB) led the audience in prayer for the country. King Hezekiah, when threatened by the army of Persian king, looked to God who is in His sovereignty brought in the victory. The members prayed in twos, threes and fives. February 6th 2003 The morning session started with a report on STREES SURVEY. The team, Dr. Anand Samuel, Principal of Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore and Dr. Ms. Suganthy Loganathan, Professor of Planning and Development in Anna University presented the report. Dr. Suganthy explained the method adopted to get data from missionaries and. The participants were then divided in to7 groups for sub-group discussion The questions, the groups were asked to discuss and present the findings are 1. Individual Missionary‟s Spiritual Growth (Member-care Options) 2.Role of the Mission in strengthening the relationship among the members of the missionary family. 3. Training for effective improvement to missionaries 4. Organisational Climate in Missions 5.Motivating single / young missionaries for more effective work 6. Mentoring / Counselling – making it effective in Mission Organisation 7. Member-care in times of Crisis The group leaders presented the group finding through the overhead projector 1. Mr. Prabhakar Norman NLCI. 2. Ms. Ahkie-YWAM 3. Rev. Kulothungan- MVM 1. Mr. Stephen Thangappa-COME 5. Rev. Isaac Raja-HBI 6.Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam – IMA 7. Mr. Austin- CGMM The after noon session focused its attention on the HRD SYSTEMS IN MEMBER CARE MISSIONS. The motto was ‘Investment in staff: Too valuable to overlook’. The first paper read out was on Remuneration by Mr. Asirvatham, the HRD Secretary of FMPB. In his presentation, he lined out various welfare measures that the organization has come up with, to take care of the needs of the member from the time of recruitment to retirement. The three principles that are in practice are 1. Principle of distribution 2. Principle of Participation 3.People oriented provision (not position oriented) Mrs. Selina Mohandoss, the personal secretary of IEM, started the practice of IEM on recruitment procedure. The role of mission is to identify and facilitate 1. Man power planning 2. Field / area recruitment 3. Attracting potential candidates 4. Kind of people needed 5. Recruitment procedure Dr. Mrs. Latha Paul of Christian Fellowship Hospital, Oddanchattram, presented the third paper on “Developing Personnel”. She shared 1. Spiritual aspects 2. Outreach 3. Academics 4. Benefits and 5. Lessons learnt The forth presentation was by Mr. Augustine Asir-director of Word for the World, on Training and development. The method of training in WFW is in 4 levels 1. Probationary training for six months 2. Ministry training for three weeks 3. Specialised training –Occasional 4. Leadership training The fifth presentation was on member care best practice in the area of training, staff development and counseling. Miss Dianne Williams from YWAM, shared on seminars, counseling, training, Biblical counseling school, Bi-yearly consultation and Inter personal skills workshop. Rev. S. D. Jeyakumar, Director of Christian Management, shared about the manpower planning in missions. He said that an organization performance and productivity are directly proportional to the quality and quantity of its manpower. His talk was on 1. What kind of people do we need? 2. Methods of recruitment & procedure The member care partners were encouraged to respond to these papers presented by six leaders, through asking questions. Mrs. Selina Mohandoss and Mr. Asirvatham gave apt answers clarifying the points. The afternoon session provided opportunity for the member care mission leaders to share the best practice in their missions. The theme was „Mental health of Missionaries‟. The first paper was on „The needs of Missionaries‟ read by Dr. Devanand Samuel of KEA. He dealt in the reasons for discouragement. 1.Lack of results 2. Financial crunch 3. Material problems 4. Health issues 5. Lack of understanding between field and Head quarter 6. Opposition and 7. Need for member care. Mr. A. Jeyaraj, the Business Administration Officer of BYM presented on Member care practices. BYM is encouraging the prayer partners for the protection of missionaries from 1. Defilement 2. Disease 3. Depression 4. Division 5 Dangers Dr. Mrs. Shanthi Davidar, a general psychiatrist from Chennai presented a very valuable talk on mental care focusing on depression. She dealt on the reason, manifestation and the helps needed. The fourth presentation was by Mr. Paothang Haohip, from OM on the subject Trauma counseling. He shared valuable insight into the traumatic incidents occuring in OM ministry around the country and also the apt counseling given to the affected missionaries. Rev. Jesudoss Edward, Regional Promotional coordinator of IMS shared about the need of crisis counseling The evening session provided information about the ministry of MUT. First presentation about on overview of MUT was by Mr. Silas Balraj. By the usage of video presentation, he explained the structure, Values and ethos of MUT. He also outlined the growth of the organisation The second presentation was by Mrs. Violet Jayachandran, the President of MUT. She shared about the Health care that is available through MUT. Mr. D. J. Chelladurai, the coordinator of MUF, shared about the role of families in fulfilling God‟s great commission. He explained how MUF groups are formed and functioning. Several members observed fasting and participated in the prayer session led by Mr.Patrick Joshua & Mr. John Kirubakaran of FMPB. 7th February, 2003 The whole forenoon was developed to read and receive papers on welfare schemes. Mr. S.D. Jeyakumar of CIM presented the first paper on welfare measures. He brought to the notice about the Govt mandatory requirement such as provision of P.F, Gratuity, pension, leave availability and holidays. Dr. R. E. Dhanaraj shared about the need for haven of rest for the retired missionaries and ministers of the Gospel. We need to help them from the time of retirement to the time to receive reward. The clarion call was to gird the aging missionaries when the shadow lengthens. Mr. Stanley Chellappa dwelled on the need for establishing a marriage bureau with a desire to find life partners to the single missionaries and children of missionaries Mr. R. S. Baliah of MUT shared about setting up o rest /retreat/counseling centre for missionaries. MUT has offers to set them up in Bangalore, Chikkaldera and Lamptaput. Mr. J.J.Ratnakumar of MUT shared that MUT is offering development program for missionaries. He gave a feed back on the first program „Marriage Enrichment workshop‟ organized at the Rest house, Vellore from January 22-25, 2003. A panel of leaders was available to answer questions related to various issues of member care. Following lunch, Mrs. Pramela Rajendran shared about the steps India Missions Association is doing, in order to address the serious problem of attrition. At present this problem is dealt in five tracks: 1.Mission CEO‟s care 2.Missionaries‟ care 3.Missionaries‟ families care 4. Missionary children care 5.Welfare. In the valedictory address, Dr. K. Rajendran, General Secretary of IMA shared various issues confronting the Indian Missions. He said, 1. Indian mission is giving first 2. New understanding of missions itself, 3. Switching of leaders: Foreign to Indian to Local leadership 4. Shift of Founding leaders to Managing leaders. In conclusion, Dr. William, the chairman of the session brought to our notice the present political scenario in India and stressed on two points. 1. we need a government of Joseph and Daniel 2. Our Heavenly Father Cares for us All praise and glory be to our God.
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