About the first Dallas consultation
Held in Dallas, Texas, January 16-18, 2008, the historic consultation “Renewed Call to Presbyterian Mission in the World! A Dialogue for Our Shared Future” brought together leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian groups engaged in mission around the world.
The Dallas consultation took place at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. Sixty-four people from across the church and around the world gathered to build greater trust and coordination among PC(USA) “mission initiators,” mission supporters and the GAMC ministries and to identify and agree upon the “benchmarks” (core values) and consequent “mission practices” that should characterize all Presbyterian mission work.
Participants signed a document called “An Invitation to Expanding Partnership in God’s Mission” at the conclusion of the Dallas consultation.
The invitation includes a covenant to live and serve together and a commitment to work cooperatively. The participants also pledged to celebrate diverse Presbyterian approaches to mission, to share responsibility for education and preparation of all Presbyterians for mission, and to seek and support more mission personnel.
The Dallas continuation committee
The Dallas continuation committee is a small group responsible for continuing the vision of the first Dallas consultation. They created a second shorter, focused statement derived from the principals of partnership and mutuality embodied in the first Dallas consultation.
“Doing Mission In Christ’s Way” outlines the values that run through faithful and effective mission practice. Those values are connected with their biblical roots. The revised statement breaks down the principals into core concepts which engender the spirit of a mission that seeks to engage the church and the world. “Doing Mission In Christ’s Way” seeks to empower us and our congregations to engage in faithful mission practice.