“All the topics are beneficial. The learnings have helped me to sharpen the things I have learnt twelve years ago in University. I will apply these learnings in my teachings and work” said, Rev. Dr. R. Jayaraj from South Kerala Diocese at the closing session of the Institute of Pastoral Management (IPM-2), Batch-V. The IPM, one of the most effective programs of the Department of Pastoral Concerns was held for the fifth batch from 13-16 March 2018 at CSI Centre, Chennai. Rev. Dr. D.R. Sadananda, the General Secretary, CSI has inaugurated the program with a profound and thought-provoking address. Dr. Sadananda remarked, "sharing the vision, self-awareness, being empathetic, ability to motivate and delegate are the important aspects of pastoral management." About 50 clergy, both men and women have attended the capacity building workshop that focussed on Legislation, Finance Management, Administration and Personality Development. Rev. Tim Harford, the Director for Fund Raising and Communications at USPG has extended the greetings and appreciated the concept of IPM.
After the inaugural, C.A. Dr. Kandasamy lead the sessions on Finance Management with an aim to create awareness on the emerging scenario in Finance management, to learn about the Compliances, to identify the social, political and economic environments that become Challenge to finance management and discuss the ways forward. Sony Thomas conducted sessions on Human Resource Management & Organizational Development and various systems that interact with Organizational Development. Mr. J.S. Anbu from CIM took sessions on Motivation for Excellence and high-achievement, Goal Setting and Time Management. These concepts are expected to aid in translating the vision in to reality with enthusiasm and confidence. Advocate Chilkuri Sham Rao explained the difference between the fundamental rights and legal rights, hierarchies of courts, personal laws and property laws, Domestic Violence Act and Indian Christian Marriage Act.
The Bible Studies on 1. Pastor as an entrepreneur 2. Crisis Management and 3. ‘Christian’ Management by Rev. Dr. D.R. Sadananda, Rev. K. James Cecil Victor and Rev. Allan Palanna provided spiritual dimension to the Pastoral Management. Key elements in management such as self-assessment, effective networking and performance appraisal were explicated from biblical perspective. The participants were encouraged to seek significance of task at hand more than the success; importance than urgency; character than reputation; quality than quantity; trust than worry; wisdom than knowledge; team success than personal growth; mentoring than managing.” Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, CSI and Chairperson, Department of Pastoral Concerns has encouraged the participants to remember the call of God to redeem the people from their “bondages” and be effective in pastoral care through the skills acquired through IPM. Rev. E. Paul from Karimanagar, Rev. Victor Raj from Coimbatore Diocese and Rev. Santosh from Karnataka Southern Diocese and Rev. E. Prabhaker from Medak Diocese have shared their feedback reiterating that the topics were relevant and they have learnt to take people along with them to achieve the common vision.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns