Five Years Self-Reliance Plan

Executive Committee
5-7 December 1974




To make the United Church of Christ in the Philippines fully self-supporting and self-reliant in the carrying out of its ministries after five years from 1975.


  1. To obtain from supporting churches in America, namely: UCMS, UCBWM, UPC-USA for five years to be invested for earning purposes.
  2. To raise local resources apart from the one million pesos fund campaign the amount of P100,000.00 annually for five years.

Five Years Self-Reliance Plan-Budget


From 1964 to 1974 the United Church of Christ in the Philippines received from the Boards $1,525,989.49 or P6,405,272.54. There is no iota of a doubt the UCCP sustained its commitment to the Gospel ministry very actively and meaningfully because of the funds that came from the cooperating Boards.  Of course, both UCCP and the churches in the United States represented by the Cooperating churches in the United States, are basically (theologically) God’s money. There is no denying the fact, however, that the giving churches especially lately have felt the pinch of the tight money situation. The UCCP does not want to abuse, however, the stewardship of our partners in mission in the United States. Like them, we would also like to mature fully in our stewardship of God’s money.


If the partnership of the US churches and the UCCP continues to be the same, the UCCP will forever be dependent upon them for financial support.  Whether the churches in the USA can sustain this dependency is very hard to tell. Changes in both attitudes and structures may make it more and more difficult for the cooperating Boards to continue nurturing, as a child, the UCCP. National policies, cosmic economic and social situations may drastically and adversely affect this relationship.


 A new proposed system of partnership therefore between the cooperating Boards and the UCCP has to be evolved before the night comes.


The traditional system of aid gave donors the final say in the specific use of every penny they sent.  It was the donors who decided whether a certain program was still relevant or not.  But now donors cannot ignore the techniques available for bringing new benefits with dollar aid.  These are:

  1. Increased financial efficiency

An investment of say P1 million pesos earns a minimum amount of P120,000.00 a year forever.  In thirty years the same total amount can have created a permanent income of three times the annual amount.  The effects snowball.  On the other hand, a million pesos in annual gifts will last only 10 years.

  1. Increased selfhood and emotional self-reliance is the best gift of all, far transcending the immediate physical benefits of annual gifts. Everything has its price—in this case, extra work for the donors are:

a. To give attention to the form of the investment.

b. Establish with receivers a careful form of words, to be written into the constitution of the investment, on how the income may be used. This must be specific enough to give a real flexibility to the receiver, that is, the income shall be used for all or any of the programs of the UCCP, or for any subsequent UCCP plans in the areas of education, community development, evangelism, etc.

Donor agencies sometimes fear that

  1. Their constituency will not give towards general programs;
  2. That they will not be consulted on the specific implementation of the general plans;
  3. That they will not receive reports.

None of these fears need to materialize.  An effort in clear education and good subsequent reporting will persuade the man in the pew of the overwhelming advantages of the new form of aid, and the receiving church or churches usually welcome consultations, especially so when they do not feel threatened.

The ministries to be supported by the UCCP after it has attained sufficiency and self-support are, primarily, the following:

  1. Continuing Leadership Development:

a. theological education scholarships
b. teachers education scholarships
c. hospital personnel scholarships
d. agricultural technicians scholarships
e. scholarship to upgrade personnel
f. non-theological education
g. other personnel training

  1. Christian Education

a. production of indigenous Christian Education materials
b. Annual training of Sunday School teachers
c. youth work
d. women’s work
e. men’s work

  1. Church Growth (Evangelism)

a. Equipping the UCCP constituency for service
b. Increasing UCCP membership
c. Production of materials in evangelism, stewardship, etc.

  1. Assisting Church-related schools improve school plants, curricula offerings.
  1. Continuing research to pinpoint weaknesses and strengths of UCCP’s ministries in order to improve its program concerns, thus making those concerns humanizing and meaningful to people.
  1. Home Mission programs in cultural communities:

a. Organization of settlement areas for the people in cultural communities
b. Literacy programs
c. Economic (agricultural), medical programs
d. Helping the people in the survey and titling of their properties

  1. International Ecclesiological Relationships

a. Ecumenical sharing of funds and personnel (ESF)
b. Christian Church in Asia participation (CCA)
c. World Council of Churches Participation (WCC)
d. Alliance of Reformed Churches Participation (WMC)

  1. Pension and Retirement for Church Workers
  2. Development programs among the poorest of the poor
  3. Continuing church leadership training
  4. Assisting calamity victims in their emergency needs
  5. Salary subsidy for Moderators and other church workers working among the poorest of the poor.


That the 5-year Self-Reliance Plan (Appendix VI) be presented to Philippine Joint Action
Group as the only project proposal from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines provided that this action shall not prejudice the askings and/or project proposals, already submitted and favorably responded to, including, but not limited to the case of Union Christian College School of Nursing.


Ref:         Executive Committee  December 5-7, 1974, p. 16
                    Proposal is in Appendix VI pp. 62-66

6 thoughts on “Five Years Self-Reliance Plan”

  1. Hi brethren! Thanks for sharing the five years self -reliance plan for the United Church of Christ. Before , the  financial support of other churches was useful. But now the church has to rely on his own sources, which is a bit challenging. but With God all things are possible! With prayers and actions things can be achieved. 

    • That’s right Eva, this time we are now self-reliant. The membership is now being challenged, being responsible and are committing themselves to the ministry of the church including their resources.

      This is also a time to remember those partner churches who supported the first venture of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines fro self-reliance. Thanks to our brothers and sisters who’ve shown their love.

  2. This looks like a very well thought plan, I am very interested how this ended up working out? Was the United Church of Christ able to become self-reliant in those 5 years? I noticed that it looked like it was voted against, what were the reasons for that? Were they able to still go through with their plan another way?

    • Yes, this was realized and it’s a part of the history we want to remember how our church worked for the self-reliance and we are thankful to the partner churches abroad who helped us. 

  3. Have a five year plan is essential for any business or organization. Is this Church self-reliance plan from 1974 an example of how to create your own self reliance plan for personal use or a business? Is this your church you are talking about? I’m curious how this plan from 1974 has held up over the years and if it’s a successful plan or not. Take care.

    • Yes, this is my church, our church. This is one of the mainline Protestant groups that is now living on its own. As of these days, we are now free from outside support.  Although we can accept whatever help from abroad, we do not depend on them. Thanks for this venture in those days that taught us to be brave enough in trying something that once was a part of the church history and it’s now a real part of its present life.


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