What is your ministry?
I am involved in a ministry among university students called Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI). I am a staff worker for this ministry in the city of Mumbai. The ministry reaches out to university students with the hope that they experience life transformation through Christ and impact their campus, church, and community. We focus on areas of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. We engage these focus areas through Bible studies, counseling, and mentoring. The ministry prepares students to engage in intentional faith-based conversations and discussions with their friends from other faiths.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
From YRM, I expect to gain new insights and perspectives on organizational development. I have never had any formal training on organizational development, so I am open to the insights shared. I expect the ideas and principles will be practical and I will be able to apply them in my organization.
What is your leadership role?
I am the only staff member responsible for student ministry in the entire city of Mumbai, a city of more than 12 million people. My role involves creation of short-term and long-term plans for the city ministry, identifying individuals who can lead different branches of the ministry, grooming the next line of leadership, and to aligning plans and activities in accordance with the vision of the ministry. I provide pastoral care to the members of the ministry. I mentor students on a one-on-one basis and have created a group of mature believers who can mentor other students as well. I have pioneered the outdoor camping ministry in my city, and I lead small group camping, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing trips.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Leading a university student movement in a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai is thrilling yet challenging. The urban culture trends change rapidly, owing to technological advancements as well as due to the presence of a multi-cultural population. I, therefore, feel the need to equip myself to create a strategic plan that incorporates the city culture and its dynamics as well as the student worldview.