“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” —Acts 20:35
It is through the kind and generous contributions of individuals, congregations, presbyteries and synods that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is able to provide monies for mission programs such as evangelism, church development and redevelopment, women's, youth and racial ethnic ministries, social concerns, education and leadership training.
Through commitments from their adopted budget each congregation contributes to support the basic mission of the whole church. Basic mission support includes both:
- shared, or unrestricted gifts, which are used where needed to fund the church's total mission adequately, and
- directed gifts by which Presbyterians restrict the use of their money to particular programs.
From Albuquerque to Zimbabwe and in all 50 states and 66 countries in between, your basic mission support dollars provide missionaries, theological education and resources and services.
Similar to most annual giving to a local church, Shared Mission is a gift to the whole ministry and mission of the larger church. Many sessions designate a portion of their mission budget to Shared Mission which provides financial support to their presbytery, their synod and the General Assembly Mission Council. To give a Shared Mission gift directly to the General Assembly Mission Council in addition to your regular Shared Mission support.
Many people have a passion for a specific part of the work God has call the Presbyterian Church to do. If you feel called to direct your gift:
General Mission Support
Do you love Christian mission, but find you have more than one passion? If you do, then this Extra Commitment Opportunity (ECO) is for you. The General Mission ECO makes your gift available where needed most among the various ministries of PC(USA) mission. Whether it is to support mission co-workers through World Mission, to assist Christians who live in difficult places of unrest such as the Middle East or predominantly Islamic countries, or to write Christian curriculum to be used to help our children learn about the love and grace of Jesus Christ, this General Mission ECO will be used in these or similar mission areas .
Learn about other giving opportunities. Download the booklet Presbyterian World Mission Giving Opportunities 2011-2012.