COC Foundation Projects

  1. Administration Project:

The Administration Project involves all aspects of administration for the Christian Outreach Centre Foundation.  This project supervises, coordinates, and develops each of the different departments and projects, and all the work of the Foundation.  This project utilises Thai staff in applicable roles and trains Thai citizens to do these jobs where appropriate.  The foreign workers are mostly involved with the international aspects of the work, including dealing with enquiries from foreign people, businesses, and organisations.  Both the foreign workers and senior Thai employees are involved with training the Thai employees in their field of work.  Every month, the department heads of the Foundation meet together to discuss the work of the Foundation, and Foundation Board Meetings are held to ensure the appropriate governance of the Foundation. 

  1. Churches & Community Assistance Centres Project:

The Churches and Church Planting Project involves all aspects of religious activity that are under the auspices of the foundation.  This includes, but is not limited to, Christian Church services, children and youth activities, outreaches, and other Christian Church observances.  It includes Thai, International and Burmese services.  Foundation Churches are located throughout Thailand in regions with branch offices, including Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Chonburi, Khon Kaen, and Tak.

 The programs under this project are as follows:

  • English Language Churches
  • Thai Language Churches
  • Myanmar Language Churches
  • Other Language Churches

The programs focused on the youth of the church include the ages between twelve and nineteen.  These programs are aimed at giving youth something to do on a regular basis, which helps stop them dabbling in crime, drugs, alcohol and other anti-social behaviour.  It focuses on teaching the youth to be good and productive citizens. 

  1. Christian Education Project:

The Christian Education Project consists of two main functions:

  1. To help Christians increase their knowledge in the faith
  2. To provide Christian Education

There are a variety of different ways that Christian Education can be provided to people, and that depends on the knowledge and abilities of those overseeing the projects, and on the needs expressed by the people who desire the education.  It also depends on the location.  Places in Thailand where the Foundation runs Christian Education projects include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok, Chonburi, Khon Kaen, Mae Sot, and Ubon Ratchathani. 

Bible Knowledge Development:

The Bible Knowledge Development program is designed to meet the needs of Christians who want to grow in their understanding of Christian teachings, and how to apply these teachings in ways that will benefit their society.  Among other things intended to affect society in a positive way, the Christian teachings emphasise loving one’s neighbour and reaching out to those who are underprivileged.

Pastors’ and Church Leaders’ Training:

The focus of the Pastors’ and Church Leaders’ Training is to train Thai pastors and leaders to work in the churches and projects of the Foundation. This is a 3 month course for people who are interested in becoming a Pastor. After the 3 months training they are placed with an existing church to get experience under a seasoned Pastor. They learn how to be an effective leader and how to be a good example to others. They also learn how to go and find what needs the community has and to help where they can. Part of the training is to develop individual, team, and organisational effectiveness. As part of this process there is involved evaluating organisational and church needs which means researching and applying systems, processes and techniques that enhance performance. 

Christian Outreach Day Care Centre:

The Day Care Project was legally registered with the Social Welfare Department in 2014 and has continued to develop to the present date.  The Christian Outreach Day Care Centre is located at the foundation’s Head Office in Chiang Mai.  The objectives of this program are to:

  1. Provide a safe, nurturing environment for children aged three to seven years old.
  2. To help local Care-Givers (i.e. Thai people) to develop their child care skills in an international standard Day Care Centre.

The Day Care Centre is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday.  Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace by taking part in craft, music, art, movement, and dance.  Activities are planned around a weekly theme to encourage every child to grow socially, emotionally, academically, physically, and spiritually.  The board meets monthly and the teachers have weekly meetings to discuss the school program and activities.  The Day Care is considered a great success as all the children are developing and enjoying new activities and learning new things.  The Students participate in cross cultural activities to develop their understanding of other cultures and ways of living. 

  1. Social Welfare Project

Part of what the Church does is ‘Good Works for Society’.  This is the function of the Social Welfare Project.  Its whole objective of this area is to help alleviate suffering in the community, and to better the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged of all ages, and from different levels of society.  Areas where the Foundation is involved in Social Welfare include Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Khon Kaen, and Loei.  The main areas addressed by the social Social Welfare Project are:

  • Disadvantaged Children & Teenagers
  • Disadvantaged Women
  • Elderly
  • HIV Hospice
  • Poor and Needy

In addition, the Social Welfare Project also looks to encouraging the potential of the community in general, such as Thai students who want to do their best in school, and young Thai people who want to become teachers.