what we do

If there is one theme that underlines CWM’s birth, growth and raisond’etre, it is change, conceived out of a desire to change the existing understanding of mission and creative  involvement in order to make it more relevant to our contexts. Our growth has been  characterized by the desire to be continually relevant and it is the same obsession with  transformation – in the life of individuals, communities and the society at large – that spurs our  work.

Our Theological Statement challenges us for a deeper involvement in social issues which only can express our commitment and Christian obedience and that involvement should be  considered as our mission in society. The socio-political and economic issues in our local  contexts demand us to be part of the liberating struggle and human sufferings.

God’s presence is in the history of the people and on the side of the oppressed. We are called to discern Christ in the cry of the oppressed and the downtrodden and respond simultaneously with the demand of love. Our religious convictions compel us to take our stand on the side of the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed. This is how we understand our obedience to God in this hour. This means, in effect, a commitment not merely to bring immediate relief to the suffering, but also to work toward the creation of global structures, which will ensure basic dignity and humane existence for all people. This also means taking a stand against the present structures of society, the Empire, which prevent the kingdom of God breaking in.

empowerment and training programmes

A New FACE

The phenomenon of increasing complexities of the present context and its implications for the future is challenging us to recognize the inadequacy of our inherited paradigms of mission and has convinced us to embark upon a creative search for new models of Mission Engagement.

Our understanding of mission requires radical reforms. We are appealing for a new and relevant Missiology. The priority of the church in this context is to help people to grasp the deeper meaning of Christian mission, to examine ways of Christian action and to convince themselves of the spiritual depth, theological credibility and intellectual respectability. If the proclamation of the Gospel is to be meaningful in our time it must be closely associated with the present struggle for justice.

A New Face (ANF) programme equips the clergy to be engaged in mission from the perspectives of the marginalised. This seven week long cross cultural exposure stimulates theological reflection and challenges to create a new paradigm of mission engagement. It helps to

  •  Explore Mission in the context of Empire
  •  Equip clergies for multicultural ministry
  • Engage in Mission of the underside of history

Participants from around the world gather in one location for a total of seven (7) weeks. They are being exposed to the context, hear and witness the narratives of the people, encounter diverse theologies, histories, societies, social realities and personal stories. They will be required to reflect both practically and in writing on their A New Face journey.

Who Can Take Part

Applications are invited from candidates who are ordained ministers. They should have strong interest in missions engagement from diverse cultural perspectives and be inquisitive about how this programme will address social issues in their contexts and beyond.  Candidates also have to be fully available for the whole duration of the programme.

Applications should seek to enhance the church’s capacity in line with its Capacity Development strategy, enabling it to better pursue its mission priorities.
Expectations from the Participants

  • Participants are expected to be able to participate competently in English and participate for  the full duration of the Programme.
  • Participants must apply using the prescribed CWM application form by the due date. The denomination’s General Secretary must endorse application.
  •  Participants must arrange their own passports and visas, including transit visas where necessary. This needs to be done well in advanceof travel (no less than two months prior to travel). Where it is not possible to apply for visas in participant’s country, they will need to apply by courier or through a travel agent at their own expense.
  •  Participants are responsible for paying their own routine medical needs such as prescriptions,dental care etc. Participants travelling on behalf of CWM will have insurance cover. However, in the event of a serious medical emergency, the insurance company willneed to be contacted directly, to claim any insurance. Failing to do this insurance will not be obtainable. All receipts and doctor’s report will need to be submitted.
  • Participants should possess a good working knowledge of their own country, culture and church life and be prepared to share this with other participants and with the host community.
  • Participation in the course presupposes a willingness to live and work with people from other cultures and to participate in community activities such as worship, shared meals, accommodation and other common responsibilities, which contribute to creating a harmonious group experience.
  •  Participants will be responsible for their own spending money above the pocket money allowance provided by CWM
  • Participants must agree to be under the direction of the host church staff for the full duration of the Programme and to participate fully in the activities arranged by the host church.

CWM will arrange and pay for the participants’ international travel, accommodation and food during the Programme. Participants are to provide their own spending money and arrange their own passports and visas.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may contact the Member Church Head Office or CWM through (email):empowerment@cwmission.org; (address): Empowerment and Training, Council for World Mission, 400 Orchard Road, #23-05, Singapore 237785, or call us on (Telephone Number) : +65 6887 3400 or (Fax Number):  +65 6235 7760.

Face to Face

Face to Face is a programme of intense theological, sociological and contextual exposure and engagement. It challenges participants to engage with the realities of how the fullness of life is being denied to a large majority of the world’s population. It seeks not only expose but also to engage participants in cultural, social, theological and contextual realities so that they may grapple with and be motivated by the world around them. The Programme is challenging as well as socially and theologically transformative for all participants. This Programme exposes students to a context other than their own to stimulate theological reflection, encourage sensitivity to people of other cultures and motivate people to engage in mission. Such exposure might be used to:

  • - Enlarge the horizons of theological understanding of the participant
  • - Experience contextual realities of different communities
  • - Equip someone for multicultural ministry
  • - Explore Mission in the context of Empire

Participants from around the world gather in one of the three (3) Face to Face locations for a total of seven to eight weeks. They are being exposed to the context, hear and witness the narratives of the people, encounter diverse theologies, histories, societies, social realities and personal stories. They will be required to reflect both practically and in writing on their Face to Face journey.

Who Can Take Part

Applications are invited from candidates who are not ordained ministers, and are currently studying theology or finished their study of theology and getting prepared to join in the ministry. They should have a strong interest in missions and theological engagement from diverse cultural perspectives; and be inquisitive about how their theological studies address social issues in their contexts and beyond. Candidates have to be fully available for the whole duration of the Programme.

Applications should seek to enhance the church’s capacity in line with its Capacity Development strategy, enabling it to better pursue its mission priorities.

Expectations from the Participants

  • - Participants must apply using the prescribed CWM application form and submit it by the due date. The General Secretary of the Member Church or Principal of a Theological College must endorse applications.
  • - Participants must arrange their own passports and visas to attend the Programme.
  • - Participants are expected to be able to participate competently in English.
  • - Participants should possess a good working knowledge of their own country, culture and church life and be prepared to share this with other participants and with the host college community.
  • - Participation in the course presupposes a willingness to live and work with participants from other cultures and to participate in community activities such as worship, shared meals and other common responsibilities, which contribute to creating a harmonious group experience.
  • - Participants must agree to be under the direction of host college staff for the duration of the Programme and to participate fully in the activities arranged by the host college.

CWM will arrange and pay for the participants’ international travel, accommodation and food during the Programme. Participants are to provide their own spending money and arrange for their own passports and visas.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may contact the Member Church Head Office or CWM through (email): empowerment@cwmission.org; (address): Empowerment and Training, Council for World Mission, 400 Orchard Road, #23-05, Singapore 237785, or call us at (Telephone Number): +65 6887 3400 or (Fax Number): +65 6235 7760.

CWM Empowerment and Training Team will process all applications, ensuring balance in gender and regional representation in the Programme.

Training in Mission

Since 1981, CWM has been investing in the equipping of young people for the ministry and mission of its member churches. Through the Training in Mission (TIM) programme, a group of 10-12 young people from the churches and ecumenical partners are brought together for 10 months of intensive mission training. The pedagogical process of the Programme is the action-reflection model of learning.

  • - In recognizing the locus of mission as the ‘public space’, TIM is a learning process of enabling    participants discover perspectives and develop skills for a life of witnessing.
  • - TIM is an enabling experience of participants for an adventure of faith, rooted in God and          enacted in the world.
  • - TIM is a journey of Transformation, a dialectic of self and society.

The pedagogical model of TIM includes:

  • - Affirming the concept of developing capacities of the churches. This is in keeping with the          mission statement of CWM.
  • - Enhancing the scope for the church’s public witness. Thus, while affirming the commitment       to be in solidarity with the churches, the TIM will carve out a niche of enabling and                       empowering young people to explore a witness as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of       the church, in the wider society.
  • - Practicing the Theology statement of CWM, which reflects a critique and resistance on the          one hand and an affirmation on the other. It is centered on a cosmic world view and rooted         in a Christology that is liberative.

 

Who Can Take Part

Training in Mission participants should be at least 18 to 30 years old at the start of the Programme, single and not an ordained minister. Participant must be able to spend ten (10) months away from home; interested in exploring mission issues in an international and multicultural context; able to relate well with others and mature enough to cope with stress; and committed to sharing experiences upon returning home. Experience in project work through voluntary or paid involvement in church programmes or with secular NGOs is also an advantage. Ideally, the participant must have completed high school and preferably other further trainings. English proficiency is an advantage, as this is the language of communication in the Programme.

Applications should enhance the church’s leadership capacity in line with its human resource development strategy, enabling it to better pursue its mission priorities.

Expectations From the Participants

The TIM Programme is not just another youth training programme. It seeks to offer a radical alternative to the mission formation of young adults. The following expectations are associated with participating in the Programme:

  • - Participants are to be the visible expression of God’s calling of every Christian to be “sent-          out” as witnesses to the risen Christ in the world.
  • - Participants are to witness to the new humanity in Christ by taking action to break down            cultural, racial, linguistic and other barriers. They are called to a lifestyle that is shaped by          more than one culture and tradition.
  • - Participants are to be living examples of partnership in mission, the principle upon which          CWM is founded, by challenging and enriching the lives and mission of other partners in            mission and being responsible for and accountable to one another.
  • - Participation in the course presupposes a willingness to live and work with Participants from    other cultures and to participate in community activities such as worship, shared meals and      other common responsibilities, which contribute to creating a harmonious group experience.
    CWM will arrange and pay for the participants’ international travel, accommodation, food          and training cost during the programme. Participants are to arrange their own passports and    visas.

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants may contact the Member Church Head Office or CWM through (email): empowerment@cwmission.org; (address): Empowerment and Training, Council for World Mission, 400 Orchard Road, #23-05, Singapore 237785, or call us on (Telephone Number) : +65 6887 3400 or (Fax Number): +65 6235 7760.

CWM Empowerment and Training Team will process all applications, ensuring balance in gender and regional representation in the Programme.

Member Church Initiatives for Capacity Development

This Programme facilitates Capacity Development in churches through offering opportunities for people engaged in mission to undertake short-term, skills orientated training, or learning from experiences.

1. Criteria

  • - A Project Proposal to be submitted for six (6) Years (2014-2019) with yearly breakdown of         Project Plan along with yearly budget. (CWM will be able to contribute as per the allocated         fund so please mention who are the other partners for the project)
  • - It is recommended that Logical Framework to be used for Project Proposal.
  • - Clear Indicators and procedure for Monitoring and Evaluation to be embedded in the project
    Yearly fund transfer will depend on timely Reporting financial and programmatic

 

2. Schemes of Capacity Development Programmes

In this respect, there are wide ranges of possible methods, such as:

  • - On-the-job training by advisers, consultants, experts, etc. in the respective work or living            environment,
  • - Learning by doing in the respective work and living environment, accompanied by specific          training measures and advice,
  • - Ready-made or tailor-made training programmes for the dissemination of specific know-how    and abilities,
  • - Linking local learners by networking of local actors and
  • - Participation in workshops for the exchange of information and experiences.

Such opportunities might be used to:

  • - Offer financial or management training to a newly-appointed church officer
  • - Presentation or media skills training
  • - Project management training-
  • - Training for Advocacy and public Policy
  • - Human Rights Training
  • - Visits between churches, enabling the sharing of experience and learn about a particular              programme or activity in another church with a view to implementing something similar in        one’s own context
  • - Exposure / live in experience to new life threatening situations which has missional                      challenges
  • - Involve and engage their youth in the church’s mission programme
  • - Enable young people to play a fuller part in the life of the church.
  • - Empowerment of women in ways that affirm their contribution to leadership
  • - Address issues of gender inequality in the church and society
  • - Give voice to women’s spirituality and theology
  • - Engage with children as part of their mission priorities
  • - Address issues of Rights of the children.
Special Academic Accompaniment Programme (SAAP)

To promote Academic Excellence in Theological Education, CWM offers MTh and PhD in selected renowned Institutions through this Programme. The Programme Secretary for Empowerment and Training will notify for these opportunities time to time. Member churches and Ecumenical Community may apply for these Scholarships through Prescribed Format.

Criteria for Application

  • - Applications for SAAP should arise from a church’s long term Capacity development Plan
  • - The church should carry out CD Plan and indicate the SAAP Application in that plan
  • - The candidate has to qualify and clear Admission Requirement of the Specific Institution.
  • - In most cases English Language Proficiency Test need to be cleared as per the requirement of    the Institution.
  • - Fifty percent (50 %) of this Fund should be earmarked for Women
  • - Post Graduate and Doctoral level of Study will be encouraged- Any course which is not                available  in the region from where Applicant comes will be given preference.
  • - Application should demonstrate a long term commitment of the candidate as well as the              church  towards a CD strategy of the church
  • - There should be at least five (5) years commitment of the candidate and the church through a    legal document.
  • - The candidate should possess a good Health condition.
Academic Accompaniment Programme

This programme facilitates advanced learning within and between our members, offering opportunities to gain further education in other contexts. Such opportunities might be used to:

  • - Build up or upgrade a theological faculty
  • - Develop new leaders
  • - Acquire specific skills for emerging challenges of mission

1. Criteria for Application

  • - Applications for AAP should arise from a church’s long term Capacity Development Plan
  • - The church should carry out CD Plan and indicate the AAP Application in that plan
  • - Thirty-five percent (35%) of this Fund should be earmarked for Women.
  • - At least every third candidate from a particular church should be woman
  • - Generally Post Graduation and Doctoral level of Study will be encouraged
  • - To promote contextual learning, Courses Offered in the Region will be given priority
  • - Any course which is not available in that region and very crucial to the Mission Plan of the          member church, will be considered
  • - Application should demonstrate a long term commitment of the candidate as well as the              church towards a CD strategy of the church
  • - There should be at least five (5) years commitment of the candidate and the church through a     legal document
  • - The candidate should possess a good Health condition.
  • - Special consideration should be given to youth, women and lay persons
  • - Preference should be given to the candidature of those who opt for the courses which are not      traditionally opted for but are very useful for the churches in the long run, for example                property management, law, archives, financial management etc.
  • - A church should not normally recommend a person more than once for AAP

2. Schemes of study programmes

The following schemes of study programmes are recommended:

  • - Higher studies and experience:  This should include studies beyond first degree, specialisation in one field or another. The candidate should have completed the first level of study and should have considerable work experience.
  • - Promotion of skills in groups: If a church decides to promote the skills of church related workers in a particular field or promote awareness on a life threatening issue as a mission priority through courses available locally, such proposals should be supported. The local church should contribute a certain percentage of its own resources.
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