Administration

The Bishop is the Chief Functionary of the Head Office and the Churches and he is the overall head of all departments. The Bishop is assisted by Directors/Secretaries and other clerical staff to run the Office The Church is divided into 5 Administrative Divisions, each under a District Superintendent who is elected for a term of 3 years. There are ordained Pastors and Evangelists in each Division to assist the District Superintendents.

The ministry of the Church is divided into Mission, Education, Youth, Women and Children Departments.

Demarcation of Administrative Division

  1. Lamka Division
  2. Singngat Division
  3. Sangaikot Division
  4. Behiang Division
  5. Thanlon Division
  6. Mission Field (Manipur & Tripura)

STATISTICAL DATA (as on 2020)

Lamka Division

  • Male : 1830
  • Female : 1750
  • Total : 3580
  • Households : 550

Singngat Division 

  • Male : 1045
  • Female : 990
  • Total : 2035
  • Households : 370

Gundung Division 

  • Male : 785
  • Female : 815
  • Total : 1600
  • Households : 250

Behiang Division

  • Male : 340
  • Female : 280
  • Total : 620
  • Households : 150

Kailamnei Division

  • Male : 200
  • Female : 180
  • Total : 380
  • Households : 110

Shillong Lutheran Church

  • Male : 130
  • Female : 155
  • Total : 285
  • Households : 45

Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church, Delhi

  • Male : 40
  • Female : 35
  • Total : 75
  • Households : 20
  • Total No. of households: 1495
  • Total No. of Population: 8575

MELC PAID WORKERS

  1. Ordained Pastors : 14 
  2. Evangelists : 04 
  3. Evangelist Teachers : 17 
  4. Missionary Teachers : 12 
  5. Missionary in the field : 03 
  6. Clerical Staff : 09 
  7. Women promoter : 01 
  8. Pensioners : 07

MISSION FIELD

MELC has Mission field amongst the indigenous populace in Manipur’s Thoubal District. There are 9 Churches in the Mission field. In the year 2009 one Meitei Theologian was ordained as Pastor to work among the Meiteis. Mission field has been extended to Tripura state as well.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

MELC has 18 Mission Schools in remote areas where education is provided up to lower primary level. The church is still facing financial constrain to meet the demands of the members to upgrade these schools into high schools and higher secondary schools. One Junior High School is run at Chairel Mission Field called “Chairel Faith Academy”.

THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS

Presently, there are 16 theological students pursuing different degrees in various Theological Seminaries.

SOURCE OF INCOME

The main source of income of the Chruch is tithes from members. Other sources of income includes daily collection of a handful of rice, faith promises, freewill offerings, contribution from well wishers, School Admission fees etc.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Inspite of the economic hardships faced by the Church, as majority of the Church members are landless cultivators depending on Jhum (Slash and Burn) cultivation, displaced by the ethnic clashes in the year 1992 and in 1997 and also dislocation/displacement by the construction of Khuga Multipurpose Project.
  • God is enabling the church to continue to run the missionary fields among the non-believers.
  • MELC has been publishing monthly Christian Journals like Gospel Herald, Youth Bulletin and a weekly voice of Lutheran Youths in Zou dialect.
  • The MELC has currently employed 67 workers including 14 Ordained Pastors. The Church has 105 Ordained Church elders.


ASSETS

The MELC has its Head Office at Zomi Colony, with one storeyed pucca building.It has 4 District Superintendent Offices cum Quarters.ELWA (Women’s wing) has 5 buildings.The Office has 1 Vehicle (Bolero), 1 Computer, 1 Laptop, 1 Generator and 9 of its Churches are pucca buildings.

CHALLENGE

In an era of gun culture, it is the biggest challenge to the Church to provide facilities that can guide the youths in the right path.As more and more of the members succumbed to AIDS, it is a right time to provide intervention and care facilities.The Church needs to combat rampant use of alcohol and drugs by the youths.It is the burden of the Church to empower its members spiritually as well as economically.  
 

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