Christian Institute of Management is an indigenous national level organization imparting information, management training, organization development services, mediation and reference service. All the programmes, services and publications of CIM are offered exclusively to the management of Christian services only.
Our association with CIM began during mid 2015 and we planned a Project Management Modular Course, duration of 4 months, for all our staff, in November 2015 and finished the course with all its requirements in March 2016.
We are an organization with 4 departments and each one functioned in its own strength as a unit. The learning from the PM Course through CIM faculty and the individual real time Project’s undertaken by the staff in line with their role & responsibilities had a profound impact on us as individuals, departments and organization as a whole. We began to realize and became aware of how inter-dependent we are on each other to fulfill the Vision and Mission of our organization. The projects undertaken brought about an enhanced level of respect, unity, communication, understanding and admiration between all staff, departments and leaders. For us achieving performance excellence is now a daily activity thanks to CIM.
The strength of the course was that it started from where it all began, with foundations from The Bible and connecting it with our Vision and Mission. The resource persons communicated very well. The Course was very inspirational, energising, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies, learning from experience and being fully practice-oriented which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. It was a fantastic opportunity to start becoming a team. An excellent course that was practical, real, fun and focused and gave us the opportunity to really think about and apply the skills learned. No doubt we are proud of our accountability to God, Church and State
I am Col. J.S.K. Rao, retired from the Army after 31 years and I joined the Assembly of God Church Mission at Kolkata in May 2009. I attended two of CIM’s seminars, one at Nagpur and another at Kolkata. I also joined their MA Christian Management course. I went through all their study material and attended the contact programmes and sat for the examinations. I realize the need to cooperatively organize, better administer, and for better delivery of the Missions: CIM is meeting a basic and pertinent need of Christian ministries. Our pastors are scripturally well read and they shepherd their congregations well, but a few are woefully inadequate in terms of compliances, tax laws, office procedures and various issues which could cause tension and problem with administration in governance. They need to learn and imbibe office procedures and compliances which is a must now and especially when the ministries receive foreign funding. They need to be accountable and transparent in rendering the reports and ensuring that the committees meet, the resolutions are passed, the financial reporting, auditing etc., are carried out. So just carrying out charitable work as a Christian institution is not sufficient; being accountable and transparent in the eyes of the Government is very important.
Having done my Management Course in CIM and with what I have learnt in the Indian Army, I have tried to bring in some of the practices in administrating staff, managing resources and delivery so that we optimize resources, are accountable and we keep the Biblical principles in mind while delivering goods. I personally recommend all people, pastors and workers in ministry to undergo either a seminar or a diploma or a master’s course from CIM who are doing pioneering work and who are very responsive to the needs: they keep themselves updated on the various laws, Income Tax, and FCRA regulations. We recently held a seminar for three days in Ranchi for pastors in Jharkand which was very well received. We had conducted a similar seminar for 3 days in Kolkata also. Some of the participants felt that we could have done this much earlier and probably can do once a year or every quarter and it will benefit their ministry. Thank you CIM for empowering Christian Ministries.
My name is Joshua Narjinary, from Duars Rural Development Project (DRDP) in ADP, West Bengal. Since 2009 I have been participating in CIM seminars. It has been a blessed connection and I have been greatly benefited.
We were recipients of their Organisation Development service. The CIM executives visited our office and went through our accounts and other areas of our management. The suggestions and recommendations helped us to move in the right direction.
We brought in the following changes in our organisation: payment mode from cash to cheque, application for FCRA renewal, creation of website as guided by CIM, and understanding and applying TDS deductions.
I did a Modular Course on effective organisational management through which I learnt about organizational development, legal aspects of management and leadership and I am trying to apply them in my organization. We have become more systematic though we need to learn many more things from CIM to properly implement and be a systematic organization. I am also a subscriber of Christian Manager magazine which keeps us updated on the current happenings and the latest FCRA requirements.
DRDP has been blessed by the CIM programmes services to a great extent and has helped me to equip myself as a leader