Mission Crossroads

FAL 2017

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Mission Crossroads 17 World Mission's latest guidebook, Called to Mission: Finding Our Place in God's Mission, provides tools and resources for U.S. Presbyterians interested in getting involved in God's work around the world. Whether your congregation is discerning or evaluating its mission work, seeking to learn more about long-term mission co- workers and how to connect with them, or looking for information about planning a short-term mission trip, the World Mission guidebook can help. Here is a brief excerpt from the guidebook section titled "Discerning Your Mission Focus": Discernment is best done in the context of community, like a congregation, mission committee or small group. In the process of discernment, we seek to sift, separate or distinguish among various possibilities that are before us, helping us to know the difference between a strong desire and a true sense of call. e discernment process requires that we think, learn, pray and pay attention to the ways that different paths resonate with who we are in light of God's mission. ink: As you begin your discernment path, consider the following questions: Where does your congregation already have connections, both near and far? • Where are members in your congregation from? • Where are people in your community from? • Does your church have historic connections to mission in a particular place? • Are members of your congregation now connected to mission in a particular place? • What local mission efforts does your congregation engage in? • Do they concern a certain topic, focus, people group or part of the world? What does your congregation bring to mission involvement (gifts and needs)? • What makes your congregation unique? • What skills do members of your congregation have to share? • What is missing in the life of your congregation? What burdens are on the hearts of people in your congregation? • Is there a concern for a particular place in the world? • Are members of your congregation interested in the needs of particular groups, such as vulnerable children, abused women, those who are hungry or people living in fragile ecosystems? • Does a particular focus spark interest in your congregation, such as poverty alleviation, evangelism, reconciliation, education, medical mission, water projects or eco-justice? Download a free copy of the guidebook at pcusa.org/wmguidebook or purchase a printed copy at pcusastore.com. World Mission celebrates a new energy for mission in the PC(USA) that claims the following values: • Dignity — We are all called to treat each person with dignity and respect, following the model of Jesus. • Empowerment — We focus on long- term relationships and building the capacity of each member of the body of Christ to engage in God's mission. • Holistic Ministry — We seek to bring about the realization of God's vision for our fallen world. • Partnership — Our work with partner churches and organizations around the world and with U.S. Presbyterians is based on mutual respect and trust leading to common prophetic witness and to mutual transparency and accountability. • Relevance to God's World — We will maintain our centeredness on Christ as we follow the example of our spiritual ancestors: "The church reformed, always reforming" (Book of Order G-2.0200). • Stewardship — We strive to restore God's creation and to use its resources respectfully and responsibly. Download WORLD MISSION GUIDEBOOK! The Core values for mission involvement M I S S I O N T O O L K I T | Stephanie Caudill

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