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    Ten Year Strategic Plan

    Our Vision Statement

     

    We envision a Philippine nation that is free from foreign domination, where justice and peace reigns, and its people are united in active witness to God’s love in the world.

     

    Our Mission Statement

    The Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), as a community of faith steeped in the nationalist history  and  the workers’  struggle  in  the  Philippines,  affirms  its  commitment  to  its  historical  mission  and  ministry  in empowering the poor, deprived and oppressed through its liberative education, organizing, and mobilizing of the Filipino people in pursuing life in its fullness.

     

    Our Ten-Year Programme Objectives

     

    1. IFI’s constituency shall be a consolidated and fully informed  membership  in  terms  of  IFI’s  history, mission and ministry.

     

    Key Result Areas:

    There is a united understanding of  IFI’s  theology  and  spirituality  among  its  members  in  Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and in other countries.

    Each and every member (clergy and laity) of IFI is a practicing Christian as imbued in the Articles of Religion, Number 12.

     

    The general membership has a fuller grasp of IFI’s prophetic role in Philippine society.

     

    The general membership’s way  of  life  is  reflective  of  Aglipayan  spirituality  which  is  rooted  in scripture, charity, liberty, and science.

     

        2. IFI shall be implementing  a  continuing  national  programme  that  enhances  the  close  interaction
            between the national and diocesan/local levels, including the sectors they are engaged with.

     

    Key Result Areas:

    IFI’s local churches are implementing their own comprehensive programmes that are dovetailed with IFI’s national policies and plans set by the General Assembly and its leadership bodies.

     

    Church workers (clergy and laity) are equipped in faith and witness tasks and functions.

     

    Church programmes are self-reliant and self-sustaining.

     

    All the local churches’ programmes are in consonance with the struggle  of  the  poor, deprived  and oppressed.

     

        3. Effective systems and processes shall have been instituted to implement and sustain IFI’s  grassroots
           -based plans and programmes.

     

    Key Result Areas:

    Church systems and processes are efficient, effective and appropriate with regards IFI’s mission and services.

     

    Each and every church worker (clergy and laity) are equipped with adequate skills in leadership  and management.

     

    Each  and  every  member of the clergy is obedient to the virtues of kerygma, kenosis, koinonia, and diakonia.

     

        4. IFI is publicly accepted by the rest of the world as a pillar of Philippine society.

     

    Key Result Areas:

    The  stand  and  positions  of  IFI  in  matters  that  have national and international significance are seriously considered by the general public.

     

    In  institutions  of  learning  and  research, among historians and scholars, and in schools, there is a general recognition of IFI’s role in the making of Philippine history.

     

    Our Programme Strategies

     

    The  IFI’s  history  shows  that the Filipino people are the base of IFI’s faith and ministry. It is in the spirit  of  this  primacy  that IFI continues to assert its oneness with the people, specifically with its constituency. And, at the heart of IFI’s mission and witness are the millions of church followers who
    continue to support the Church and its teachings.

     

    It  is  expected that documentation, research and publications are dovetailed with these strategies, so that there is scientific substance in and widespread dissemination of IFI’s plans and programmes.

     

    At the core of these strategies is membership enhancement and consolidation. These strategic options are:

     

      • education, worship and ministry for strengthening the membership’s (clergy and laity) knowledge in IFI history and teachings, both spiritual and phenomenal;
      • social services and witness for responding to the needs of the IFI’s membership (clergy and laity), and of the sectoral organisations that the Church works with;ors they are engaged with.
      • stewardship and resources development in supporting the work of the Church at all levels;
      • concordat and international ecumenical work for strengthening solidarity relations with other Churches and faith-based institutions.

     

    Our Programme Areas

    In  line  with  the  vision,  mission  and  strategies  that  are  articulated  for  the  IFI’s  programme development agenda, there are three (3) main programme areas, namely:

     

      • Ministry, Education and Worship
      • Mission, Services/Witness and Relations
      • Stewardship, Resource Building and Development

     

    Moreover, the underlying support activities of programme documentation, research and publications will  cut  across  all  the  programme  areas  because it is most important that policies, outputs and processes are written out – either for  communications  exchange and information dissemination, for policy  development and advocacy, for planning and programme/project development, for monitoring and evaluation, for record keeping and materials reference, etc.

     

    Ministry, Education and Worship

     

    This programme area’s concerns are:

     

        • Christian Education and Nurture;
        • Lay Formation and Ministry; and
        • Liturgical Renewal

     

    IFI  seeks  education  that  is  holistic,  that  is  for  the  realization  of  shalom, and for the empowerment  of  the  marginalized  and  oppressed. Education  is enabling, integrative, and interrelational, hence, individuals and communities can come together to participate in God’s oikoumene.

     

    Lay  formation  and  ministry  is  the manifestation of active Christian education and nurture. There  shall  be  a  renewed  programme  of  awareness  building  on  the   basic  teachings, doctrines, practices and policies of the Church, as well as, on  the  IFI’s  continuing  historic heritage of participating in the socio-political life of the nation.

     

    Liturgical renewal shall also be dovetailed with the education and ministry components of this specific programme area,  given  that  Church  ritual  and  music  are  integral  to  the  living traditions of Christian worship in the IFI. Furthermore, the  documentation and production of IFI liturgical materials are a continuing concern that needs to be strengthened.

     

    Mission, Services/Witness and Relations

     

    This programme area’s concerns are:

     

    §  Organizing and advocacy;

    §  Social services and welfare; and

    §  Ecumenical relations and international affairs.

     

    IFI’s witness is manifested in the  Church’s  illingness  to  immerse  and  actively  participate with the struggle of the  poor, depressed  and  oppressed  in  Philippine  society. Organizing, advocacy, social services and welfare are areas of concern wherein IFI seeks, in general, to be  involved  in the strengthening of people’s participation in social action, while undertaking welfare activities for those in dire need.

     

    In  particular, organizing  includes  the  consolidation  of  the  Church’s    embership   to  be knowledgeable of IFI’s history and mission, to be steadfast  in  their  faith, and  to  be  fully involved in Diocesan social action activities.

     

    IFI shall continue  to  strengthen  its  concordat  and  ecumenical  work  with  other  beliefs, churches, and faith-based institutions in the Philippines and in other  countries. Furthermore, IFI is committed to participate and support local and global activities/campaigns that call for peace based on justice; in initiating inter-faith dialogues  with  the  believers  or  faithful  of Islam; and, to strengthen ecumenical unity and solidarity in all aspects of IFI work internally and externally.

     

    Stewardship, Resource Building and Development

    This programme area’s concerns are:

          • Stewardship and resource generation; and
          • Human resource development

     

    Since its ecclesiastical separation from the colonial Spanish  Roman  Catholic  Church  in  the 1900s, the IFI has grown to be a  Christian  Church  of  more  than  six  (6)  million  members spread across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The stewardship or administration of a  national church will, therefore, entail more work in terms of directing  and  managing  the day-to-day aspects of church life.

     

    In light of the exigency of keeping the Church moving in faith, witness and service, financial and  human  resources  programmes  will  have  to  be  formally  instituted  so  that  church operations can be improved and strengthened to respond to the various needs of IFI’s plans and programmes.

     

    Aside from looking into improving the financial capability of the IFI so as to fully  support  its programme   operations,  the   IFI  shall  also  have  to  be  more  attentive  to  institutional development concerns, especially on improving the quality of church workers whether clergy or laity, who will be implementing IFI’s plans and programmes.

     

    It is, therefore, imperative that human  resources  development  activities  be  enhanced  to include skills development and upgrading on the following: project planning and management; report   writing;    office   management   and    decorum;   leadership   training   and  values enhancement; documentation  and  research;  organizing  and  advocacy  development; and many  other  tedious  tasks  that  need  to  be  efficiently  and effectively done, so that the Church can reach out with relevance and grace to its members and to the rest of the Filipino nation who are in need of IFI’s assistance.

     

    Our Programme's Implementing Processes

     

    The ten-year strategic plan is approved and mandated by the General Assembly. In between General  Assemblies,  the   Executive  Commission  acts  and  decides  on  the  policies  and operational needs of IFI’s plans and programmes.

     

    The Central Office under  the  direct  supervision of the Obispado Maximo shall be responsible for managing the process of programme planning, monitoring and evaluation from the national to the local levels. Furthermore, the  Central Office shall coordinate and orchestrate national and inter-diocesan activities that are  expected  to result in achieving the objectives of IFI’s programme strategic plan.

     

    Programme implementation shall be under the direct  guidance  of  the  Diocesan Bishop with the assistance of any designated committee, and with the approval of  the Diocesan Council. Plans and programmes shall be particularized and operationalised with  the various  Dioceses. It is expected that the Central Office staff shall give or facilitate technical assistance to the Dioceses whenever and wherever assistance is needed.