Director’s Message


Ray Jones portraitThe sending mission of God

I continue to grow in God’s transforming love in Christ. The Message is clear and simple: “God took on human flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14). Because God moved into the neighborhood with life-changing love and grace, we are called to do the same. This “sending” mission of God is what I am called to shepherd here at the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

During the Perspectives Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, leaders committed to 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations gathered to be equipped for God’s mission. Our plenary speakers, Greg Ellison and Becca Stevens, empowered us to go more deeply into God’s mission. Ellison facilitated a morning of conversation around seeing one another and ourselves as beloved children of God. Stevens shared with us her story and outreach ministry, which enables oppressed and abused women to find their way back into safety and the fullness of life.

When we allow and enable injustice, we not only hurt people around us, but we never fully live into the people God has called us to be. As we are transformed more and more into people who live and do justice, we and people around us experience healing, purpose and restoration. In just a few days, I experienced the reign of God: We tasted and participated in the beauty of church in which all are loved, welcomed and engage pathways of formation. Our formation in Christ leads to transformation and justice.

Ray Jones
Director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism