challenging areas of missions are growing rapidly along with the need for
raising effective workers to address it. To respond and address these
challenges, IMA is constantly trying to raise the awareness of mission
organizations and churches to face the challenges head on and empower the
lay people to be effective witnesses in the areas of their work.
IMA members have believed strongly from the beginning of IMA on networking
because of the fruits and growths the mission in India has experienced.
Hence IMA has created several networks based on the mission challenges in
India. At present there are 14 such networks which address and respond to 12
different Indian National Mission Challenges. There are few more in the
The 14 networks are...
Women in Missions
ETHNE – 100 mega people
Middle Class Challenge
IMA Network Leader:
Network Convener - Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam
IMA constitutes organisations working locally, regionally, nationally and
globally. IMA’s nearly 244 members have as many or more vision, mission and
focus. Methods and strategy are also varied. Therefore there is a need for
smaller networks within IMA.
We need to learn to work together. We can work together in the form of a
partnership or a network. Partnership is more structured and evolves out of
informal relationships. Networks are less structured and built on personal
In order to work together, we need to build strategic relationships. This
is basically networking. Successful networking will result in long term
Within the IMA partnership, we are creating various networks that helps
member organisations to build relationships to enhance their ministries.
What does IMA Networks do?
Relationship - IMA Network’s encourages member missions working in specific area of
ministry or region to relate with other like-minded missions.
Broad picture - IMA Network’s facilitate the member organizations / missions to broaden
their vision nationally and some times globally and see the larger needs.
Shared Action - IMA Network’s facilitate the meeting of common needs through sharing of
resources, information, expertise and experiences.
Co-ordination - Networking works best where there is a leader or a team of leaders to
make it happen as facilitator or coordinator. However, all networks are
independent and run with their own coordinator and core group. IMA will
continue to facilitate effective coordination and administration.
Networking and its results are as varied as the people and groups involved
in it. As networks develop they can grow to become an independent
association or partner agency and continue to relate to IMA.