CANACOM is both FACILITATOR and COLLABORATOR.
CANACOM facilitates the mission of member churches in their own context
as well as common initiatives within the partnership. As
COLLABORATOR, they contribute to a common pool or 'roundtable'
through which the resources are shared. All churches serve as
donors and receivers, together determining how the common resources
are to be identified and used.
Sharing of personnel (SOP)
Mutual sharing is practiced as a means of gaining new understanding,
learning new ways of relating and developing new biblical mission
identities. This mutuality ensures that churches both send and
receive. There is an increasing awareness that we need others,
different perspectives and traditions to shape our understanding
of our calling. That we are all 'in process' and need one another
is emphatically demonstrated in a visible way. This was evident
when CANACOM facilitated the provision of Ministers to Grenada.
Young Adults in Mission (YAM) workcamps
YAM workshops are opportunities to learn partnership in mission through
working, living and studying together as an international group within
a host country. The camps mix academic thinking and manual work.
They are held for three weeks in a CANACOM member country. In this
setting, they are exposed to ways of bearing witness that are
biblically valid, culturally relevant, creative and practical.
Joint Mission Action Teams (JOMAT)
These are groups of 3 to 5 persons from different member churches who
live, work and witness together for a period of 1 to 5 years, hosted
by a CANACOM member church. They share in a mission frontier project
of that church, learn partnership in mission by doing it and by their
nature as an intercultural and interracial group, live out the vision
Member churches are invited to identify development projects in their
countries and CANACOM facilitates these by offering a grant where
possible. In the past CANACOM has assisted a Soup Kitchen and Meals
on Wheels projects in Curacoa, the development of a Radio Studio
in Jamaica and a Women's Skill Training in Cuba to name a few.
CANACOM convenes annual council meetings in May of each year,
in one of the countries in which a member church is located.
The structural model of CANACOM is reflective of the Council for World
Mission (CWM) roundtable model where each member church has the same
number of representatives. CANACOM and CWM work together on a number
of initiatives; one of which is the Training in Mission programme (TIM).
This is a one-year intensive programme for young people
(20-30 years old) whose main focus is learning about living out
mission partnership in an international and multi-cultural context.
CANACOM is invited to send a representative to participate.