Shared Mission Support

 

young children walking and holding hands“When did we see you?”

This question serves as a refrain in Matthew’s 25th chapter. Neither goats nor sheep in the text perceive the presence of Jesus among those whose needs they do — or do not — choose to meet. But, in every age, this question also serves as an invitation to the Church, to locate and meet its Savior, among the “least of these.” In this season of deep pain, anger and civil unrest following the murder of Black people by white police officers — “the fruit of institutional racism,” says the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett. A protracted and unrelenting season of earthquakes in Puerto Rico. A season of unimaginable loss and grief in the wake of a global pandemic. “In a very real sense during the colossal challenges of coronavirus and civil protest, God is calling the church out,” says the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. And the church must respond.

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.

Since our earliest days as a denomination, we have joined together in support of the mission of the whole Church. As Presbyterians, we live and engage in ministry as members of a connectional system, professing by our actions — and with our gifts — that we can accomplish far more together than any one of us can do alone.

“When did we see you?” Let us see, together, Jesus among the least of these. Embrace the call of Matthew 25. And offer our gifts to Shared Mission, empowering the Church to further the love and justice of Christ and spread the good news of the kin-dom of God to the farthest corners of the earth.

Resources

Shared Mission: We are the Church Together!

This short video provides insight into Shared Mission Support, explaining how Presbyterians’ gifts to Shared Mission, given without restrictions, allow for the Church’s timely response when and where it is needed most; and demonstrating that we can accomplish far more together than any one of us can do alone. (Duration 2:38) Introduction to Shared Mission… Read more »

운동을 점화시킴: 하나님의 선교에 참여함

‘움직임을 일으키자: 하나님 선교에의 참여’는 우리의 사역 동료와 그리스도 안 동지들이 연결되어 있는 교회(connectional church), 마태복음 25장 사역 참여 교회, 우리의 믿음이 요구하는 교회의 의미를 깨달을 수 있게 돕습니다. 이 책자는 교회의 특별헌금, 공동선교 지원금, 상회비에 대한 통찰도 담고 있습니다.

Encendiendo un movimiento: Comprometido en la misión de Dios

Encendiendo un movimiento: El compromiso con la Misión de Dios ayuda a nuestros colegas en el ministerio y amistades en Cristo a definir lo que significa ser una iglesia conexional, una iglesia de Mateo 25, y la Iglesia que pide nuestra fe. Incluye información sobre las ofrendas especiales de la Iglesia, el apoyo a las… Read more »

Igniting a Movement: Engaged in God’s Mission

Igniting a Movement: Engaged in God’s Mission helps our colleagues in ministry and friends in Christ define what it means to be a connectional church, a Matthew 25 church, and the Church that our faith demands. It includes insight into the Church’s Special Offerings, Shared Mission Support and Per Capita.
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