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Many resources are available on the topic of world mission. Unless otherwise indicated, the following resources are available at (search by title).

Mission trips and partnerships

Faith in Action—a two-volume set on Christian understanding of service and development ministries from different perspectives
Long-term mission partnerships—resources, policies, and reflections:
Short-term mission trips—opportunities, tools, and stories:
When God’s People Travel Together—a three-volume guide for mission-trip leaders

Mission workers and global partners

Mission Connections—a web-based service listing all Presbyterian mission coworkers and Young Adult Volunteers, posting their letters, and connecting interested congregations with mission speakers:
Mission Crossroads—a wisdom community and magazine that facilitates networking and provides a forum for those engaged in mission to share ideas and experiences:
Prayer cards for mission coworkers—contact Nicole Gerkins at or 800-728-7228 x5611.
World Mission Giving Opportunities catalog—ways to support your mission workers around the world: (search by title)
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) stories—blogs and letters written by YAVs in the field:

Recommended books

Toxic Charity (HarperCollins, 2011)—Robert Lupton reveals the harmful effects that modern charity can have on the very people meant to benefit from it and highlights new models for charitable groups that want to help:
When Helping Hurts (Moody Publishers, 2009)—how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor:


175 Years of Presbyterian World Mission: Better Together—learn about the history and future of Presbyterian mission: (search by title).
Congregational (coming)
Into All the World—An installment of the Being Reformed adult education study series, identifying the missional identity of the church
Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study—the PC(USA)’s daily devotional, with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and across the globe:
Presbyterian World Mission Resource Guidebook—use this guidebook to learn more about the critical global initiatives. It includes discernment and assessment tools, calls to action, and contact information: coming in January
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Coming Events

Montreat College Conference, Montreat, NC
Inviting college students of all denominations, the 2014 College Conference at Montreat will explore questions, stories, and beliefs “at the well.” In our diverse, complicated world, who is our neighbor?

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators annual event, San Jose, CA
A conference for educators in the PC(USA) and four other denominations in the United States and Canada on the theme “connectED”

MARCH 21–24
Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, DC
This high-impact weekend, sponsored by the ecumenical Christian community, is grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. The goal is to strengthen the Christian voice and mobilize for advocacy through workshops and lobby visits.

JUNE 14–21
221st General Assembly (2014), Detroit, MI
The General Assembly of the PC(USA) meets biennially with commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. Full of activities, the assembly includes business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours.


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