What We Do
Holistic training also referred to as Integral mission, holistic or transformation mission/development, is a dynamic, multifaceted approach to evangelism and development. In the Christian context, integral mission is used to describe church’s mission to meet people’s needs in a multidimensional way. Integral mission proposes that man is a whole person with holistic needs and meeting either need without taking care of needs in others spheres does not cater for the whole person.
The purpose of holistic training is to inculcate the creator’s values through witness of the love and the justice aimed at transforming human life in a multi-dimensional way at both individual and community levels. For Holistic Training to be authentic and credible and to fulfil its original character, it has to be multidimensional.
The practice of holistic training goes back to the first century but it came to be acknowledged and mainstreamed about twenty years ago. holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of what you belief, with resultant to social consequences.
Holistic mission involves joining with people with whom one seeks to serve, visioning, team building, empowerment, and the development of various programs and interventions as part of social concern, community development, building the community of faith, and the work of structural transformation.
Disconnected development occurs when the concerns and needs of community residents are compartmentalized and “treated” without regard to other aspects of their lives. Holistic training is embedded in the Micah‟s challenge (call) as fronted by evangelicals, whose main mandate is to promote justice, be kind and passionately walk with the poor in order to attain holistic transformation. Micah‟s Challenge is a global Christian campaign to end extreme poverty, with its proponents being inspired by scripture, guided by the Holy Spirit and through prayer, they advocate for a more just world
This training, therefore, is intended to address the problem of profound human need and interrelationship between physical, spiritual, social, and mental. Religious leaders are challenged to engage in healing relationships with others and to better steward the creation, ethical practices in doing business and economic empowerment, better ways of farming, care for the vulnerable, rehabilitation programs, community health, human aid, be the voice of the voiceless, deal with emerging issues in the society such as corruptions, social media, abnormal marriages, child trafficking among others, while engaging in discipleship, evangelism and mission for community holistic transformation.
The program is concerned with the analysis of belief systems and the application of biblical truths in a manner that shall bring glory to God. The teaching takes the flipped classroom approach that moves away from the traditional approach of the lecture because the targeted learners are adults. This is so in a deliberate belief that discovery is key to the effective acquisition of knowledge.
The program is offered in a modular format and it has three modules namely:
Module I, Module II and Module III. Each module has class interaction Part 1 and Part 2.
A module is considered:
• A one-week class interaction taught from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm daily
• Two to three months’ field assignments to be submitted during Modules part 2
• A three-days class interactions to be done at the end of field assignments
Award of Certificates and Transcripts
University academic program
• A minimum requirement for a University certificate.
College academic program
• A minimum requirement to join a college certificate
Church and Community Empowerment - Non- academic program
Since this program is non-academic, the entry requirement is commitment and call to serve.
Program Target Groups:
To transform communities through empowering church leaders, church members serving in private and public sectors:
Bishops, Overseers/directors/leaders, Pastors, church councils, church departmental heads and interested followers
Primary, secondary, tertiary institutions, colleges, and Universities
Including leaders and staff from development agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations, para-church organizations, Mission agencies, children's homes, baby centres, rehabilitation centres among others
National and County government through chiefs, assistant chiefs, village elders, Members of the county assembly. Nurses or clinicians, Community health volunteers, a prison in charge, social service department, forest department, industry, environment department among others
Units offered include:
Module I Part 1 Unit
The Transforming Worldview
Worldviews Impact on Development
The Gospel and Reformation of Culture
Introduction to Cultural Change
Foundational Elements of Cultural Transformation
Reforming Culture - Field Assignment – Two Months
Module 1 Part 2
Introduction to Theology and Bible Survey
Spiritual formation and Church growth
Module II Part 1 Units:
Principles of Early Church Economic Reformation
Biblical Model of Development
Analysis of Church Impact on Societies
Integrating Faith and Social Action – 3 Months Field assignment
Module II Part 2 Units:
Sustainable Community Health and Development
Church Doctrines and its Impact on Development
The art of Communication
Module III Part 1 Units:
Biblical Perspective of Poverty
The Impact of Four Relationships in Development
Kingdom Law of Multiplications and Harvest
Transformational Community Development - I
Transformational Community Development - II
Module III Part 2 Units:
Introduction to Holiness
Social Justice and Kingdom Values
Ministry Formation and Development
Introduction to the end times
Advocacy and Social Justice
Advocacy for the vulnerable and equipping members on legal related issues, human rights promotion and social justice awareness
Religious people have long recognized in Scripture a call to defend and uphold the dignity and wellbeing of all persons, especially the poor and powerless. Take, for example, John Wesley, who led prison reform and abolitionists movements in 18th-century England.
More recently, evangelical leaders like Ron Sider and Jim Wallis have promoted Christian engagement in anti-war, environmental, and immigration causes, while facing suspicion of falling prey to partisan politics. At the local church level, alcoholism, drug and substance abuse, commercial sex trade, crime, child trafficking, gender based violence, corruptions among others are trendy ways today for lay Christians to fight social ills.
The local church is encouraged to get involved also in various campaigns aimed at transforming the society in a holistic way including tree planting campaign, and clean water campaigns among others.
Many religious people are wary of participating in social justice because of a deep-rooted fear of being labeled “liberal,” “progressive,” or “secular.” They don’t want to be associated with “secular” movements and are uncomfortable delving into issues that go beyond their cultural comfort zones.
The Bible makes social justice a mandate of faith and a fundamental expression of Christian discipleship. Social justice has its biblical roots in a triune God who time and time again shows His love and compassion for the weak, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the disenfranchised, the disinherited. For Christians, the pursuit of social justice for the poor and oppressed is the decisive mark of being people who submit to the will and way of God.
Biblical references to the word "justice" mean “to make right.” Justice is, first and foremost, a relational term -- people living in right relationship with God, one another, and the natural creation. From a scriptural point of view, "justice" means loving our neighbor as we love ourselves and is rooted in the character and nature of God. As God is just and loving, so we are called to do justice and live in love
This program equips and empowers the church and community leaders to advocate for the rights of the vulnerable in the society. The church is called to speak on behalf of the needy and the vulnerable including orphans, widows, aliens among others.
The leaders are train to address retrogressive cultural practices among other social ills in the society
Compassionate ministry practitioners have proven to be compassionate, talented and hardworking individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and those requiring rehabilitative services. Much of their work is to listen to the problems of others. They hear stories of infidelity, hopelessness and depression. Some of them work with adults and children who have been abused, who are victims of incest and rape and people who have experienced the horrors of community violence. They reach out to alcoholics, drugs and substance abusers, commercial sex workers, prisoners and children or families connected to streets. They provide comfort to those who have lost loved one, court ordered abusers, the mentally ill, the aged, and families that have been torn apart, orphans, abandon babies, widows, people living with disabilities. They facilitate livelihoods to the poor and try to lift their living standards.
However, hearing these stories over and over can produce thoughts and images that can be traumatic. Sometimes called compassion fatigue or burnout, research has evidenced this phenomenon in a wide range of direct-service caregivers. A body of research has emerged in the past decade that shows care givers or compassionate ministry helpers of all types are at risk encountering negative consequences of working with highly stressful events such as suicide intervention and prevention. Being able to help directly or indirectly has both positive and negative aspects which have been described as Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue. Compassion fatigue has two parts, burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Burnout is about things such as exhaustion, frustration, anger, and depression. Secondary Traumatic Stress is a negative feeling driven by fear and work-related trauma.
Helping our Helpers agency reported a recent study of 300 workers in fields such as mental health and substance abuse, health care and child welfare found that:
• 40 percent thought about their work without intending to
• 22 percent reported feeling detached from others
• 26 percent felt emotionally numb
• 28 percent reported concentration difficulties
In 2016, TCN conducted a study to find out the stress level of 50 church leaders, it was found that:
• 46 percent had normal stress level
• 50 percent were suffering from stress
• 4 percent were under severe stress and needed to be assisted
Unhealthy care giver or helper has a direct implication to the ministry or organization serving under. This was shown in a TCN study from the same 50 church leaders in 2016. During the study concerning their ministry financial management, it was found that:
• 46.8 percent had their ministries rated high risk
• 32.2 percent were on a medium ground but indicating risk of not fully fulfilling its objectives • 12.7 percent had low risk
Most Compassionate ministries/agencies experience high turnover and some Compassionate ministry practitioners work in private practice isolated from others in their field. Many Compassionate Ministry Practitioners change careers and simply leaves the profession/calling due to burnout from the emotional toil of helping others.
They are often people who have experienced the depths of poverty, pain, violence and loss themselves but somehow with God’s help, these people have risen above the pain and despair to becoming the transformers of the future. They are involved in a wide range of pioneering work, including standing up against immoral activities, social ills such as child trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse, alcoholism, making peace and reconciliation, reintegrating ex-inmates, caring for the sick and terminally ill patients offering fresh hope to street children, rescuing victims of accidents, among others.
The big concern has been; “Yes, we want to help others but who is there to help us?”
What We Do
TCN is a forum that brings together compassionate helpers and care givers as members to share experiences, learn from one another, fellowship with each other, and keep one another in prayers, moral, social and financial support to mitigate from compassion fatigue, burn out, Stress and other stress symptoms. In addition to confidential individual counselling sessions TCN facilitate workshops, ministry health checks assessments, self-care assessment, medical check-up, mentorship on your calling and career development, among others.
TCN empower and equip the members on holistic approach to ministry – the Jumla approach, awareness of social justice and seeding of livelihoods designed to impact their clients and facilitate holistic transformation in their lives.
TCN aims to facilitate effective holistic training for Compassionate practitioners through enabling learning, building partnerships, synthesizing and disseminating knowledge and Leveraging resources. Our purpose is to empower, equip and network our members to make their already-remarkable ministries as effective as possible so as to impact a wider populace.
Welcome to Transformational Compassion Network (TCN). We’re a community of Compassionate care givers; helping the helpers to transform communities.
General Objectives of the Program:
To build partnerships, collaborations, networking
To mentor, give morale and socio psycho support
To train and disseminate knowledge
To organize for advocacy and awareness campaigns
To empower on Seeding livelihoods
The idea behind the financial empowerment is to build sustainable household. To facilitate household, have a financial base from their own income generating projects so as to enable them meet their daily needs such as foodstuff, school fees, health medication, decent shelters, clothing’s among others. The household through membership shall be encouraged and required to adopt a giving principle to those in need within their village and beyond.
Micro finance reflects financial products and services that will be offered by TCN, targeting the needs of the identified target group.
To develop a faith based successful micro finance business, TCN has adopted “JUMLA Approach” which is Holistic approach to offer holistic transformational trainings, savings and efficient loan disbursement mechanism for sustainable development.
This is a program which offers financial boost towards improving target group Sustainable income generating projects (SIGPs). It was established to facilitate implementation of group or individual SIGPs ideas to generate sustainable income so as to facilitate reduction of abject poverty experienced by the majority vulnerable. The products offered include: Pool and Save plans, Start- up Loan and Booster loan.
We are a nonprofit organization and our main aim is to contribute to the improvement of living standard of people for holistic transformation. Interest earned from the program is for administrative purposes; surplus is plough back to the program to facilitate its capital base so as to support many in the society.
Over 18 years old orphans and rehabilitated households
Newly released and rehabilitated Prisoners
Rehabilitated Women out of prostitution
Rehabilitated alcoholics and drug abusers
People living with disabilities
Widows and widowers lacking means of income
The sick – affected by terminal diseases
Other as they shall be approved by the board
General Objectives of the Program
The main objective of the fund is to uplift the livelihood of the needy in the community through provision of affordable and accessible loan.
To facilitate transformational training under JUMLA model as part of the service delivery to target clients
To promote the mobilization of savings (to serve as cash collateral) among the target clients
To provide appropriate loan products and other services for small scale businesses and agri-business as income generating activities
To facilitate provision of alternative source of income to street families, rehabilitated commercial sex workers, prisoners and alcoholic and drug and substance abusers
To increase target clients’ household income and improve their asset base so as cut the vicious cycle of debt from among the vulnerable
To offer opportunity to students pursuing business related courses in faith-based institutions of higher learning to serve in the program so as to gain skills, knowledge and experience.
Sources of Funds
Financial support shall be mobilized from churches, well-wishers, donors and partners.
The contribution status is from three categories:
Refund Aid (RA) is donations that are refundable to the partner
Grant Aid (GA) is donations that are non- refundable
Designated Aid (DA) A partner may choose whom to empower and the donations may be refundable or non-refundable (hence shall be called Designated Refund DR or Designated Grant DG)
The donated or contributed amount are categorized into four:
For contribution under Refund Aid or designated refund
Fund contributed by a partner under this category shall be loaned to any client in need after process of training and approval. The partner shall sign a date in which he/she needs the funds, the form will indicate also the amount donated and the duration.
Contribution under Grant or Designated Grant
The fund in this category shall not be refunded to the partner. It may be a one-off donations or periodical contributions. The partner may choose who to empower under TCN category of vulnerable through SEEDING LIVELIHOODS PROGRAM.
The partner shall be given a receipt for every donations made
Shall receive information of financial report on a monthly basis
Partners may be given photos or newsletters touching on the vulnerable whom they are supporting subject to clients consent through signing a form
Clients (The recipient):
Shall undergo training before giving loan for at least 18 weeks
Shall have to be in groups of a maximum of 40 and a minimum of 3
Shall have to draw-up a group policy and have group leaders
Shall have to meet on a weekly basis
N/B – A time in December shall be set as a day of celebration where all partners and clients attend
The program facilitate the vulnerable to access capital fund by forming groups of a maximum of forty members (40) and minimum of three (3). When training is planned, or educational tour is arranged, the stated number will be useful for budgeting purposes.
However, groups shall be subdivided into a membership of three to ten (3 - 10) each belonging to the larger group of forty. The smaller group principle here serves as a care and accountability mechanism to facilitate socio-psycho support and growth.
Group qualifications for TCN support
Group of at most 40 members subdivided into 3 to 10 people per group
A member within the group must be above 18 years
Must Submit 2 Passport size photograph
Must submit ID copy
Willing to contribute savings towards group capital base
Willing to guarantee all loans for each other in the group
A copy of social service certificate if registered, if not they are facilitated to register
A group may become a member of TCN
STEPS TO TRANSFORMATIONAL GROWTH:
After group have been formed, the following step by step transformational growth process shall be followed:
Phase 1. Factors contributing to building a strong holistic foundation; looking at igniting balanced life in the area of social, physical and spiritual aspects. This include fellowship meeting, self-identification, self-awareness, counseling, family matters, caring for children, relationships, knowing your talents, gifts, or what you are capable of, developing and understanding your values, beliefs, and worldview or mindset – 6 weeks
Phase 2. Training on world view and community holistic empowerment – 8 weeks
Phase 3. Financial empowerment, training on kingdom business (Business as a mission) – 4 weeks
Phase 4. Value Addition workshops – 4 weeks
Phase 5. Follow-up training – about 52 weeks
Phase 6. Educational tours and team building events
Phase 7. Release and follow-ups to make sure they are growing towards the right direction
Schedule of Training
PROCESS OF ACCESSING THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT – The 4 weeks
Step One: Financial empowerment – Kingdom business session
A desire to make a lasting difference in the lives of people and therefore a group meets once a week for four weeks. Each session includes a spiritual/moral, physical, social & health lesson. The lessons are taught by the training team.
Step Two: Formulating business plans –
In the fifth week the participants will have made up their mind on what to do by making business plans and submits to the micro finance officer.
Step Three: Business plans assessments -
At the sixth week, assessment of business plans by the training team (credit committee) together with the participants is done. Report is tabled with TCN management team for approval then notified the church committee responsible for the clients.
Step Four: Approval of applications -
At the seventh week loan request applications is tabled before TCN management for approval. After the approval the funds is disbursed by the credit officer.
Step Five: Monitoring and evaluation
is done through follow-ups sessions ensuring repayments dates are adhered to and growth of income status is captured so as to address any challenges before a client goes into defaulting.
To receive application forms
To check whether all requirements have been met
To identify, assess/screen and recommend to management clients who are qualified
To close accounts for clients who fail to follow the conditions and requirements of the program after a long period of training and mentoring subject to management approval
Review and recommend all credit policies and practices
Facilitation fee charged
For registered vulnerable groups
The loan shall be charged a facilitation fee of between 2% to 10%. The facilitation fee charge shall be used to facilitate the transaction fee, bank charges as well as managed the program by paying staff and meeting office operational needs. Surplus are plough back to form capital base so as to expand the program to people.
For unregistered non-vulnerable individuals
The loan shall be charged a facilitation fee of between 10% to 13%. The interest charged shall be used to plough back to the program so as to increase the TCN capital base to reach more vulnerable groups.
Categories of Products
The groups are slotted into any of the three categories:
1. Pooling Together (Pool n Save)
This is a savings plan where the vulnerable comes together to contribute from their earnings into one pot and lend to each other periodically. They meet once a week or a month and contribute a specific amount based on their abilities and group agreement. They lend to one or two members from the group depending on the collected amount, the capital of the desired project and ability of the member to refund back to the pool on a monthly basis. The group are facilitated to open their own account with any financial institution of their choice. This is to ensure that the principle of saving and ownership is adhered to. This program does not allow members of the group to borrow loan, it encourages and inculcate the spirit of savings so as to accumulate enough funds to start an income generating project or lending to one another without going for a loan outside. Only if they want to establish a group project which requires large amount of capital beyond their savings shall they seek for loan from TCN
2. Boosting Together (Booster Loan)
This is where the vulnerable groups or individual within a group access loan from TCN to-up their savings (boost their savings) so as to have enough funds for a desired project whether individual or group project. For group projects, TCN top-up into group pot for members to work on the group project. The group pay back to TCN as shall be agreed. Individual loan is borrowed by a needy member approved by the all group members so as to top-up his/her savings for a desired project.
3. Beginning Together (Beginner Loan)
This is a program that facilitate the vulnerable groups without capital base.
They are allowed to borrow a start –up loan from TCN as a group or as individual within a group so as to loan to each other. The group or individual shall repay back to TCN as shall be agreed.
NB/ all projects to be supported must be an income generating projects. The loan shall not be used to pay fees, hospital bills, buy food or build houses or any project that’s is non- income generating. However, the proceed of income generating project may be used for those other purposes as per the need of the members.
The facilitation fee charge shall sustain the program in terms of administration and surplus being ploughed back to the program
TCN shall mobilize funds to establish at least seven sustainable projects will ensure that when funding is no longer being received from partners, the program continues through the proceeds of the projects