The CFC’s ANCOP Program in Canada is making headway in “Answering the Cry of the Poor.”
Last August 2-3, 2014, ANCOP launched the First Canada National Summit at the St. Andrew Parish Hall in Edmonton, Alberta. Sixty-four delegates comprising of CFC Area Heads and ANCOP Coordinators took part in the event. They came from the following areas:
Also present was Eric Villanueva, Couples for Christ National Director for the USA.
ANCOP President Ricky Cuenca spearheaded the two-day Summit. Under the guidance of Ricky and Rene Garrucho (Vancouver ANCOP Coordinator), Gods Lanuza (Victoria Kids for Christ Ministry Coordinator) designed the Summit. The two-day event was co-facilitated by Gods, Rene and Gabby Consulta (ANCOP Marketing Director).
Program documentation and workshop support were provided by Edna Garrucho of CFC ANCOP Vancouver and Mot Saliba, ANCOP CSP Program Manager. Fresh from a successful staging of the 2014 CFC Conference, Edmonton CFC once again provided seamless administrative and logistical support.
Setting the Tone – Rene Garrucho set the tone for Day 1 as he discussed with participants the following:
Looking Back – Each area reported on its milestones and victories in implementing ANCOP in their locality. The sharing inspired and warmed up the delegates. It also opened them up to the vast potentials and opportunities that ANCOP can harness to advance its cause.
Dialogue – Then there was the interview session with ANCOP President Ricky Cuenca. The participants were grouped randomly and given the chance to:
Setting the Context – Ricky started and ended the interview session with a sharing of his reflections/insights on, observations of, and aspirations for ANCOP Canada. He also touched on the challenges that ANCOP is facing. This set the context for the next session on clarifying ANCOP’s foundations – its vision, mission, and values.
REFINING ANCOP’S VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
Workshop – The succeeding sessions focused on enhancing ANCOP’s vision, mission, and values. Gods provided trigger questions to jumpstart discussions and encourage strategic faith-based thinking!
The workshop questions were as follows:
Preparatory Work – The Area Heads and ANCOP Coordinators attended the Summit not on their own but as representatives of their respective communities.
Before the Summit, they engaged their members on various levels of discussion to draw out their thoughts, insights and recommendations on ANCOP’s vision, mission and values. Results of these activities were brought to the Summit to serve as a guide for ANCOP-CFC elders and leaders to help them finalize the ANCOP strategic plan.
ANALYZING ANCOP’S SWOT
This part of the Summit was designed to look at ANCOP in terms of its organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). It generated a lot of discussion and drew out concerns and action points, major of which pertain to:
From the SWOT analysis, Gabby Consulta guided the participants in the discussion of key result areas (KRA). KRAs are the major points that ANCOP should invest its energy and resources into and achieve results and impacts on. At the end of the day, the success of ANCOP shall be gauged in terms of how much of the KRAs it has achieved.
The process achieved the following:
The Summit was a significant first for Canada; but more so, the entire global ANCOP. It certainly won’t be the last. In his concluding remarks, Greg Parillas, CFC National Director for Canada, announced the next event to watch for: 2015 ANCOP Canada National Summit; July 9-10, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Way to go!
Writers: Alex Velasco, Gods Lanuza and Gemma Iturralde Couples for Christ Victoria, BC