Each level of the Church — congregation, mid council and the Presbyterian Mission Agency — have unique opportunities to live out the call of Christ. Gifts to Shared Mission, given without restrictions, grow your congregation’s impact, providing the essential support and flexibility for mid councils and the Mission Agency to engage in ministries that partner in God’s mission.
At the Mission Agency, these funds support and develop church leaders, create resources for worship and discipleship and the advocacy efforts that work alongside ministries responding to things like disaster and hunger. Because these gifts are fully flexible, Shared Mission Support allows support for all ministries and innovation at every level of the Church to serve needs that arise suddenly, especially in addressing systemic poverty, structural racism and congregational vitality.
With these gifts, your congregation’s passion for mission is amplified so that the whole world wakes up to new possibilities founded in Jesus Christ.
Your Shared Mission gifts at work:
During the 223rd General Assembly (2018), a two-year emphasis was placed on mental health. The Assembly called on the whole Church to respond to the need for mental health ministries. Because of the generous gifts to unrestricted, shared mission support, the Mission Agency was poised to respond. A ministry office and a grant program have been established to support congregations and mid councils in developing mental health ministries. “Comfort My People,” a policy statement made at the 218th General Assembly (2008), is being updated and a church-wide study will also go out in fall 2019 to help the Church better understand the scope of the mental health issues across the denomination and the resources available to help address the need. The Mission Agency is only able to pursue this vital ministry because of the unrestricted gifts of Presbyterian mid councils, congregations and individuals.
This new ministry is just one way the Mission Agency is able to help the denomination answer the call to become a Matthew 25 church at the congregational, mid council and national levels. Gifts to shared mission support are essential in developing leadership for the whole church, resourcing the worship life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and undergirding the ministry of mission co-workers serving beyond the United States, to name just a few. Through its four ministry areas — Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries; World Mission; Compassion, Peace & Justice; and Theology, Formation & Evangelism — the Mission Agency pursues a Matthew 25 vision of:
- Building congregational vitality
- Dismantling structural racism
- Eradicating systemic poverty.