OUR VISION AND MISSION
Dear Ecumenical Colleagues,
I thank God along with you for a century-long ministry of the National Council of Churches in India. I welcome all of you to this new quadrennial period of renewed vision and commitment.
I am grateful to all of you for unanimously electing me to be the President of this national ecumenical movement which, in the past, had been led by great ecumenical leaders like Bishop Vedanayakam Azariah. All the members of the Presidium will be working as a team. I request the full support of my friends.
Let me take this opportunity to bring greetings from Church of North India of which I am the Deputy Moderator and also from the Diocese of Jabalpur where I serve as its Bishop. We were privileged to host the quadrennial assembly of NCCI from 27 to 30 April, 2016 in Jabalpur. Our diocese was greatly blessed by your presence and participation.
It is only appropriate to reflect on our vision and mission for the new quadrennial period and future years. As all of us know, NCCI has initiated a Strategic Planning Process (SPP) which also involved a light assessment of NCCI’s life and work (Jan-Feb 2013)
The main objectives of the SPP were to:
- Articulate a vision and mission of NCCI
- Spell out the implication of such a vision for the mission of the NCCI
- Draw out the implications of the mission statement for the structure of NCCI and its governance
- Give directions and functional policies for the existence and relevance of NCCI
I have drawn major insights of this “Vision and Mission” paper from the findings and recommendations of the SPP. To those I have added insights from my own experience a minister of the Church.