A monthly update from World Mission, a ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
The Mission Matters column addresses the impact of Presbyterian mission in the world and the issues that affect mission co-workers, the people we walk alongside and assist in service to God, and our partners around the globe.
June 2019 — Mission Beyond Institution
Stephanie Caudill, Mission Associate
Equipping for Mission Involvement
Presbyterian World Mission
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
The church is ever-changing and evolving; so, too, is mission and the ways in which God calls us to participate in it. How will you join in? How will others join you in mission and ministry?
On Aug. 1–3, hundreds of Presbyterians will come together at Big Tent in Baltimore to explore the theme “Called to a Movement Beyond Institution.” Guided by Romans 12:2, attendees will participate in worship, Bible study, learning opportunities and community engagement to help them be renewed, refreshed and inspired so they can effect change in their own communities when they return home.
Big Tent is an excellent opportunity to meet Presbyterian World Mission staff as well as other Presbyterians interested in engaging in God’s transformative mission. There’s still time to register!
World Mission will offer a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in the Lord Baltimore Hotel Ballroom. Titled “Mission Beyond Institution,” the luncheon will feature a speaker who participated in one of World Mission’s global consultations, designed to shape a new strategy for the ministry area. Attendees will hear about the outcomes of the strategy process as well as the speaker’s hopes for the future of international mission. We hope you will join us! A limited number of tickets are available.
Additionally, World Mission staff will lead several learning opportunities during Big Tent:
- Mission in Your Neighborhood: New Models and Tools for Short-term Mission (held off-site)
Led by Ellen Sherby, World Mission coordinator for Equipping for Mission Involvement, and Kate Foster Connors, executive director of The Center, which inspires and equips churches and individuals to engage boldly with their neighborhoods.
- Engaging Diaspora Communities: Toward Covenant Agreement
Led by Mienda Uriarte, World Mission coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Asian Intercultural Support.
- Intergenerational Dialogue on Ecumenism and Social Justice Movements
Led by Destini Hodges, mission specialist, Interpretation Assignment Support, Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Everdith Landrau, manager of Ecumenical Relations, Office of the General Assembly.
- Breaking Down Walls: Lessons Learnt in Reconciliation from South Sudan, Congo and Rwanda
Led by Bob and Kristi Rice, mission co-workers serving in South Sudan.
For full descriptions of these and other learning opportunities at Big Tent, visit pcusa.org/resource/schedule-events-big-tent-2019.
Several World Mission-related networks/partnerships are planning to hold meetings or other events either before or during Big Tent. The Haiti Mission Network will hold its annual meeting July 30 to Aug. 1. The Israel Palestine Mission Network is offering a learning opportunity called “Cross Movement Solidarity, and Why Palestine Matters” on Friday, Aug. 2. The Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea is also having a learning opportunity called “Remembrance – No More Erasure” on Friday, Aug. 2. The Guatemala Partnership Mission Network, along with CEDEPCA USA and the New Castle Presbytery Guatemala Partnership, will hold a breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 3. Network and partnership meetings are open to all Big Tent registrants.
Another great way to connect with World Mission staff during Big Tent is to stop by our table at the Presbyterian Mission Agency exhibit area. The Big Tent exhibit will be in the promenade between the Radisson and Crowne Plaza hotels. We will have numerous mission resources available, including our “Called as Partners: Serving Together in God’s Mission” International Partnership Manual, promotional materials for our mission toolkits, mission co-worker prayer cards and the latest issue of Mission Crossroads magazine. We hope you’ll stop by and say “hi.”
To learn more about Big Tent 2019 and how to register, visit oga.pcusa.org/section/big-tent/big-tent-2019.
The registration deadline is July 1.