Ways to Support Mission


Presbyterian mission giving changes lives. While our church’s mission is diverse, it is unified in its allegiance to a holistic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many ways are available to support mission through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Shared Mission Support: We are the Church, together — congregation, mid council and Mission Agency — living out the call of Christ. Your gifts to Shared Mission, given without restrictions, allow for the Church’s timely response when and where it is needed most. Because they are fully flexible, every dollar contributed to Shared Mission Support allows support for all ministries, and innovation at every level of the Church to serve needs that arise suddenly — in times of pandemic, injustice and disaster. For every season, and every age, the Church is invited, anew, to answer the question of Matthew 25, and, today, act to eradicate systemic poverty, dismantle structural racism and foster congregational vitality.”

Directed Mission Support are designated funds given to a specific ministry, mission, project or program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. They are used exclusively for the purpose for which they are designated. Congregations make these gifts over and above Shared Mission Support gifts.

Extra Commitment Opportunities, like Directed Mission Support, provide ways to designate funds to a particular purpose. They are also gifts that are made over and above Shared Mission Support. The PMA has created a number of Extra Commitment Opportunity accounts to enable Presbyterians to give to their particular passions. Individuals who make designated gifts to the PMA ordinarily give through an ECO account.

Special Offerings are four opportunities each year for us to give together as a church so that we can have a larger, deeper impact on the world. The Special Offerings are One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peace and Global Witness Offering and the Christmas Joy Offering.

Per Capita Giving supports the work of the General Assembly (the meeting that occurs every two years), the work of the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) and permanent and special GA committees and commissions. It is a per member apportionment that each congregation pays. Less than 3 percent of per capita goes to the PMA to fund the mission of the church. Presbyteries and synods also set per capita apportionments to support their work. 

Congregational and individual giving both support the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Congregations have been and continue to be the PMA’s major source of funding. We deeply appreciate the generous congregations across the country that support the PMA’s work. We also welcome individuals to support PMA ministries directly with dollars that are over and above their regular congregational gifts. We are grateful for the many Presbyterians who feel passionately about Presbyterian mission and who want to provide direct financial support.