Transformation through Training in Mission
CWM’s annual Training in Mission programme 2013
24 Feb – 11 July, Madurai
12 July – 22 Nov, New Zealand (including one month in Kiribati)
The 2013 TIM programme is set to be ground breaking in the practical means in which it seeks to approach contemporary and contextual understandings of mission. The programme was first initiated in 1981, since then more than 300 young people from CWM’s member churches and the ecumenical community aged between 20-30 years have participated in TIM.
more info about TIM
The Empowerment and Training Programme Secretary, Sudipta Singh, has this year worked with TTS, Visthar, PCANZ, KPC and Laidlaw College in order to re-structure, re-shape and further enhance the profound social engagement of the programme content, so that it will directly adhere to CWM’s mission statement and theological focus on what mission means in the light of ‘Émpire’ today. As a result the programme will be exceptionally challenging and transformative for today’s younger generations.
Sudipta highlighted his commitment to engage the member churches in the whole process, as the TIM programme is praxis focused, “on the one hand it allows young people to engage with social justice issues from a missiological perspective but this in turn is a direct challenge to the sending and receiving churches of the participants and the context that themselves are from.” It is about opening the eyes of the participants, and as a result awakening the consciences of all member churches and congregations to the subjugation and oppression that is apparent in all societies, therefore the content of the programme will be exceptionally powerful, challenging, and encouraging. It will seek to equip participants with knowledge of what is and hope for what life could be for all.
From exposure visits, training, experiences and encounters, the participants will witness such realities as urban and rural poverty, to explorations of patriarchy and gender discrimination, alongside looking at human rights issues, racism, casteism, disease, ecological degradation, interfaith dialogue, development, migration and displacement, all such realities will be uncovered, addressed, debated and discussed. The programme will also seek to offer vital skills for participants in the areas of communication, peace building, research and analysis. The programme requires a faithful commitment to serve Christ in a way that is praxis focused. It is by doing so that great changes will happen, as mission today is about witnessing and experiencing what and who are the empires of our age whilst challenging the greed and dominion of such earthly powers, therefore seeking to promote ‘fullness of life’ for all.
The world in which live is embedded in poverty, oppression, racism, ecological degradation, gender discrimination, caste and class persecution, therefore the Training in Mission programme will seek to grapple with such realities from a practical missiological perspective. This is the hope for our churches today, and as Mr Singh highlighted the programme offers the opportunity to “take our stand on the side of the poor, the powerless and the oppressed,” to produce new generations of social activists, missionaries, church leaders, all of whom will take the side of the downtrodden.
For program information, please contact: Mr Sudipta Singh(Program Secretary): [email protected]
St.John’s in the City, Wellington
Over the course of 2013, this blog, which you are looking at, will display some of my thoughts, reflections and questions that I have as I participate in Training In Mission, a programme run by the Council for World Mission. This programme will have me wandering and wondering throughout India, New Zealand and Kiribati alongside 11 other young people from all around the world, exploring matters of what it means for the church to participate in god’s mission in this day and age.
Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think
|Sorry about the quality. Early morning dancing with some of the children at Breakfast Club.|
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You know how I said that there were to be twelve of us on the team?
Well as of today there are 9 (a girl from Jamaica arrived one hour
ago!). It has been incredibly difficult for a lot people to obtain
visas for India and many people have been sadly denied entry. At the
moment the guys are comprised of a Mizo guy from Burma and three
Indians from three completely different parts of India (North East,
Orissa, and Hyderabad). Then there is a girl from the USA (she is
actually a part ...