At the present moment, the Colombian Methodist Church (ICM) does not have a space of their own to worship and hold other church activities. All locations where we celebrate the Eucharist are currently rented and we rely on 17 congregations throughout three districts (Valle, Eje Cafetero, and Costa) for our work. Many of our members are poor, homeless, of indigenous, or of African descent. With a small percentage of the membership representing the country’s emerging middle class. The majority of our pastors are women, a fact we consider to be a great strength in our development. Several of these women are theologians, educators, communicators and medical professionals. Our male pastors are also diverse and special professionals in various areas such as engineering, administration, education, music, social workers and theology. The majority of our pastors are graduates of the seminary and are licensed in theology. The church is directed by a National Board consisting of the Bishop, three district superintendents, the director of education and a national treasurer. Other special organizations such as women’s, men’s and youth groups are invited to participate in meetings as well. Currently, we are structuring and strengthening our church even more, we are strengthening our work at a national level and developing our ministries.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Create strategies for the development of new congregations. Work in solidarity with the poor. Place in practice a global health program.
Describe the primary goal of the project
Growth of the parishioners, that would increase the visibility of the church and strengthened relationships and increased credibility with the communities.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
1. The increase of the parish in all of the congregations where construction is completed. 2. Forty percent of the communities where land is purchased and churches are built will have a proper meeting place for social activities.