About the Presbyterian Mission Agency
The Presbyterian Mission Agency serves as the mission and ministry arm of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This agency coordinates and leads the total mission program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), working in partnership with synods, presbyteries, and sessions. It also advises and responds to the General Assembly on priorities, programs, and strategies for addressing matters of concern for PC(USA) ministries.
Governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has four ministry areas:
- Compassion, Peace and Justice
- Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries
- Theology, Formation and Evangelism
- World Mission
Compassion, Peace and Justice
Advocating for positive change
Like in every age, many challenges face the church today. Gun violence continues to wreak havoc on communities across the United States, while war and hate drive millions of people from their homes in the Middle East. Around the world, communities are facing starvation and health issues due to climate change and industrial pollution. The ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice are hopeful for change through the love and power of Jesus Christ. Our program areas include Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Office of Public Witness—Washington, Self-Development of People, Social Witness Policy, and Social Witness Ministries.
Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries
Ending racism, empowering women, building intercultural communities
Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries envisions a world in which all communities have an equal voice and fully participate in church and society. To create such a world, we focus on leadership development, racial justice, women’s empowerment, intercultural ministries, and church growth and transformation. We provide grants for new worshiping communities, more than 50 percent of which are racial-ethnic or new immigrant, with a large number led by women. We also participate in racial-ethnic Presbyterian Women’s gatherings, explore the status of women, and facilitate church-wide conversations on race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism. We affirm that “in sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community” (A Brief Statement of Faith). Racial Ethnic and & Women’s Ministries is in covenant relationship with Presbyterian Women.
Theology, Formation and Evangelism
Forming and transforming disciples
Theology, Formation, and Evangelism brings together several ministries that form and transform disciples, leaders, congregations and new worshiping communities. Our ministries are diverse but each empowers a unique witness to Jesus Christ: 1001 New Worshiping Communities, the Company of New Pastors, Congregational Ministries Publishing, Financial Aid for Service, Evangelism, New Beginnings, Theological Education, Theology and Worship, and Youth/College/Young Adult ministries.
All things are possible
In an age of widespread turmoil, Presbyterian mission co-workers and church partners in 50 countries continue to passionately minister in word and deed, believing that all things are possible through Jesus Christ. Even in the face of budget challenges, Presbyterians continue to respond generously to help us keep mission co-workers in service. Throughout our ministry, we see hope wherever we serve. In Egypt, there is an unprecedented openness, and 14 new churches are under construction. In South Sudan, we are bringing quality education to more than 40,000 children. Globally, we are working to end sexual violence against women and children and striving for environmental justice in Peru and Bolivia. Our 19–30 year old Young Adult Volunteers are working tirelessly in 17 communities in the U.S. and seven countries around the world.