Missions Desk

Mission Unit

MISSION UNIT MANDATE (The Methodist Book of Order p 97)

Conference directs the Mission Unit within the Presiding Bishop’s office under the leadership of the Unit Director to:

  • promote and encourage theological reflection and study in the area of mission;
  • stimulate and encourage theological reflection and programmes of action on issues and proposals concerning evangelism and church growth, development and economic empowerment, spirituality, justice and service, renewal and inter-faith relations in contemporary society, and to advise the Conference and the Districts;
  • be a channel of communication between the Districts and Connexional Executive on relevant mission matters;
  • promote research on moral and ethical issues which affect civil society and the Church;
  • amplify the prophetic voice of the church through advocacy, lobbying and monitoring organs of civil society;
  • network with other churches, national and international agencies which promote mission;
  • monitor and facilitate the work of the Connexional Mission Coordinators.

KEY PROGRAMMES / DRIVES OF THE MISSION UNIT

  • Food Security & Land Development
  • Multi-purpose project – Semonkong, Lesotho
  • Skills empowerment programmes
  • Mission Boat – Mozambique
  • Combatting Human Trafficking in SADC
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • UNAIDS 90:90:90 Targets for 2020
  • Chaplaincy to mines and tertiary institutions

DESKS WITHIN THE MISSION UNIT:

HEALTH & HIV/AIDS DESK:

The Health & HIV & AIDS Desk:

  • Coordinates MCSA response to HIV & AIDS across the Connexion in accordance to the Conference 2005 HIV Resolutions
  • Ensure establishment of structures and support for HIV & AIDS Ministries in all Districts
  • Mobilizes resources to enhance  HIV work and maintains donor-relations
  • Represents MCSA on Platforms that deal with HIV & AIDS
  • Collects and disseminates information & publications on HIV & AIDS
  • Monitor funded HIV & AIDS programmes and report to both MCSA and funders

 

Activities include:

  • Enhance budding and established interventions to HIV & AIDS across the Connexion
  • HIV Training and Capacity building across Connexion
  • Make presentations on HIV work at MCSA district and Connexional gatherings
  • Development, highlighting and replication of best practices across Connexion
  • Networks with partner organisations &  government departments representing MCSA
  • Organise HIV events according to health calendar such as candle-lighting  & World AIDS Day
  • Establish and or support Community Home-Based Care groups to look after people Living with HIV & AIDS (PLWHA) as well as  Orphaned and Vulnerable children(OVCs).Some of these groups are made up of youth
  • Establish in Methodist facilities Community- based HIV management Centres/Sites such as Hospices, Health restoration centres, non-medical counselling sites
  • Encourage the running of the “Full Battery of Tests” including HCT at all Methodist gatherings
  • Running, in Methodist facilities, soup Kitchens for OVCs coupled with after-care programs and psychosocial/spiritual support

Key programmes of the Desk include:

  • Hospice/s Support
  • HBC Training
  • NCD (Chronic illnesses)Management Programme Roll-out
  • Implementation of UNAIDS 90:90:90 Targets for 2020
  • Documenting of Role played by MCSA in its Response to HIV & TB- a journey of 10yrs

CHILDCARE DESK:

  • Safeguarding & Child Participation
  • Facilitate capacity building
  • ECD Training
  • Strengthen children’s services programmes
  • Produce a “Volunteer Policy Guidelines” document

JUSTICE AND SERVICE DESK

  • Public Policy, Research and Advocacy
  • Gender-based Violence Training
  • Human Trafficking Awareness & Training
  • Empowering Women in Leadership & Addressing Discrimination within the MCSA
  • Strategies to intervene on Human Rights violations

EDUCATION DESK

  • Strengthen Mission Schools in Lesotho & Swaziland
  • Set up After School Care Centres
  • Strengthen Chaplains at Universities and Methodist Schools

PARTNERSHIPS AND MISSION AREAS:

  • Zimbabwe
  • Angola
  • Tanzania
  • Mozambique
  • Malawi
  • UMC General Board of Global Ministries
  • EmK Germany
  • Methodist Church in Britain
  • Church of the Resurrection

 

HOW MISSION IS RESOURCED:

1 MCSA member contributions

  • Mission & Extension Fund
  • Pula Fund
  • Mission Resource Fund

2 Partners:

  • Methodist Church in Britain
  • United Methodist Church in Germany
  • General Board of Global Ministries
  • Church of the Resurrection
  • Global Fund
  • Motsepe Foundation

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM THE MISSION UNIT

  • Posters
  • MCSA HIV & AIDS Strategy Booklet
  • Children’s Policy Booklet
  • Human Trafficking Resources