Category Archives: Mission

Resources for Peace & Global Witness Offering

A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.

Click here for Resources on the Peace and Global Witness website.

Coming soon: a toolkit for your church’s mission committee

Original article found here.

Toolkits on Christian-Muslim relations, HIV/AIDS and short-term mission trips available now

by Tammy Warren | Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian World Mission has several online toolkits to help individuals, congregations, mission committees and others engage in God’s mission in their communities and around the world.

LOUISVILLE — World Mission staff has created a variety of online resources to equip Presbyterians to prepare for, engage in and reflect on God’s mission.

“Through these toolkits, church leadership, Christian educators and mission committees will find resources to better understand, connect with and advocate for God’s people at home and around the world,” said Ellen Sherby, World Mission’s coordinator of Equipping for Mission Involvement.

Three mission toolkits — Christian Muslim Relations, HIV/AIDS and Short-Term Mission Trips — are currently available online and a Mission Committee Toolkit should be online sometime this fall. Each toolkit includes specific components to assist in learning, worshiping, connecting and taking action, as well as instructions on “How to use this toolkit.”

“In the Gospel of Matthew (Matt. 22:36-40), we are called by God to live out the great commandment to ‘love God’ and to ‘love your neighbor as yourself,’” Sherby said.  “Presbyterians seek to live in fellowship with people of all faiths, striving for understanding and learning to work together to create positive change in our world.”

The Christian-Muslim Relations toolkit provides resources for PC(USA) congregations interested in better understanding, connecting with and engaging in advocacy on behalf of their Muslim neighbors. By learning how to better relate with their Muslim neighbors, toolkit users are equipped to engage in faithful, humble and respectful interfaith relations.

According to the World Health Organization’s most recent data from 2017, 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Church leaders, including pastors, mission and outreach committees, sessions, youth group leaders and Christian education teachers will be able to use these resources to better understand HIV/AIDS, how they can support people who are infected by and affected by HIV/AIDS, and how they can act locally and internationally to help prevent the resurgence of infections.

Preparing for short-term mission trips for the mutual benefit of the people who go and the people who receive the group takes time and careful planning. Leaders of short-term mission experiences help congregants discern whether to go, where to go and how to prepare for the sharing of time and talents with mission partners from other cultures and realities in the U.S. and around the world. Through the trip participants learn from one another and from their hosts as they worship and serve God together.

“It is vital to approach a short-term mission trip with open hands and hearts, realizing that God is already present in the place you are going,” Sherby said. “This toolkit offers suggestions and practical tools to establish the groundwork for a meaningful and mutually beneficial mission trip experience.”

Fourth in the series is a Mission Committee Toolkit, which will be available this fall. Since the mission committee serves as the heart of its congregation, this toolkit will focus on evaluating current mission involvement and assisting the congregation to discern its missional focus moving forward. Allocating funds, choosing mission projects, beginning and sustaining partnerships — all this work, although life-giving, can be challenging. The Mission Committee Toolkit will include resources to help equip and strengthen mission committees for this important work.

If you’d like to join with other mission committee leaders in sharing experiences and resources during virtual mission committee roundtables this fall, contact Stephanie Caudill in World Mission’s Equipping for Mission Involvement Office, at 800-728-7228, ext. 5279, or

All World Mission online resources, including mission toolkits, are available at

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Support Pyoca Scholarships this Giving Tuesday

It's #Giving Tuesday. How will you give?At Pyoca we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the wonder and magic of camp.

It may come as a surprise to some that 1 in 6 campers from the 2018 Pyoca camp season received scholarship assistance.

Year after year we offer scholarships no questions asked to any camper in need of financial assistance. Scholarships range from partial to full camp tuition.

This #GivingTuesday, we are asking for your help to raise $6,000 that will go directly toward summer camp scholarships for youth.

But we won’t stop there. Each year we hope to be able to reach even more youth and make our programs more accessible. How can you help?

Consider giving a recurring donation.
Spread the word about summer camp.
Volunteer this summer at camp.

You can make a difference in the life of a future Pyoca camper.

Donate this #GivingTuesday to help us continue planting seeds of faith.

Choose “Scholarship Fund” on our eGive site.

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2019 Mission Work Group Opportunities in the Presbytery of Detroit

An invitation from the Hands-On Mission Work Group:

Hands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit looks forward to welcoming Mission Work groups during the summer or for an Alternative-Break week during the school year. With over ten years of experience, we offer a wide variety of Service Opportunities and will enjoy working with your group before your arrival to customize your work sites to your skills and interest.

We work with a wide variety of Mission Partners. Our opportunities include working with: urban gardening, blight removal, building and remodeling, handicap ramp installation, Habitat for Humanity, Life Remodel, Presbyterian Villages, Inclusion Ministries, homeless outreach, clothing sites, feeding programs, domestic violence, Veterans, Peace Camp, Health Fairs, Second Mile Center and others. If you would like to work with children, we have Vacation Bible School sites, an Art Camp, a foster care ministry, children’s summer camps, and children’s centers. If you have other interests, we can explore those options for you as well.

Over a dozen churches within our Presbytery open their doors and their hearts to house and extend hospitality to our groups. All have kitchens, some have showers or nearby shower sites, and most have a variety of other amenities as well. Check out our website at

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For mor information, Contact: Michael Barconey, Hands-On Mission Coordinator for Presbytery of Detroit, | cell: 313-903-6609

2018 Urban Mission Opportunities

Come to Detroit on the River Between Two Great Lakes

Hands-On Mission Work Group – Presbytery of Detroit

We will host your group in one of our churches for..

  • Lodging, a kitchen to cook meals and a place to gather for worship.
  • Cost of lodging is $100 per night for groups of 25 or less.
  • Our Hands-On Mission Coordinator will arrange work places and partners so you have a rewarding visit.
  • Donations to mission partners for work performed are expected. (Recommend $10 per person per day to the work partners.)

Let us know when you would like to work by emailing:

Urban Mission Camp 2018

For over 25 years, Government Street Presbyterian Church (GSPC) has been hosting Christian youth and young adults from all over the United States for a week of urban mission, fellowship, and theological reflection. Below is an overview of the typical week at Urban Mission Camp.

  • Saturday: Arrive at Baytreat.
  • Sunday: Participate in worship and orientation at GSPC, followed by dinner at Baytreat with GSPC members.
  • Monday-Thursday: Travel in groups to mission sites in downtown Mobile and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Work on a variety of projects, learning from those you serve about urban issues and what God is doing among people who are poor in South Alabama. UMC campers also participate in an urban pilgrimage, gaining a glimpse into the life of Mobile residents who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.
  • Thursday afternoon: Take a break, relaxing on the beaches of Gulf Shores.
  • Friday: Clean up for the next group and depart.

The cost per Urban Mission Camp participant (youth and adults) is $330, or an Early Bird Special of $280 if paid in full by March 1st. This covers lodging, sixteen meals, and a tee shirt. We host a
maximum of 32 participants each week, with one adult advisor required per seven youth.

Advisors must be 25 years or older. We can accommodate a single church group or smaller groups from several churches. Early registration increases your options to selectthe week you want. The mission is designed for campers who are rising ninth graders through graduated seniors or college students. However, we have also hosted some middle school groups, and will evaluate middle school requests on a case by case basis.

For more information, download the the brochure.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk opposes order banning refugees’ entry into U.S.

by Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service

J. Herbert Nelson II

LOUISVILLE – This afternoon, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued a statement opposing President Trump’s executive action that has led to the detention of qualified refugees at U.S. airports and the refusal to board refugees headed to the U.S. from foreign airports.

“I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees,” he said. “Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.”

Nelson’s statement is in response to Trump’s executive action prohibiting immigration from the Muslim-majority countries of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan. However, a NPR report yesterday found that since September 11, 2001, no Muslim extremist from these countries has executed an attack on American soil. Those attacks came at the hands of extremists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Pakistan, none of which are included in the travel or immigration ban.

Beyond barring entry from the seven listed countries, the executive order puts a hold on all refugee resettlement to the U.S. for four months and has indefinitely suspending entry of refugees from Syria. Additionally, Bloomberg has pointed out the ban does not include four Muslim-majority countries in which Trump has business dealings, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Human rights and refugee advocacy groups noted the U.S. already has the most stringent vetting system for refugees in the world, with the screening process taking 18-24 months on average. In spite of this, Trump has continually asserted refugees admitted through this system are a security risk.

Nelson’s statement is below:


Yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allegedly protect the nation from terrorists entering the United States. In practice, however, this order serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war.

Right now, across the globe, there are families grabbing their bags and clinging to each other as they tearfully flee the home they love, the home they never wanted to leave, because home is no longer safe. And many, after being fully vetted by a legal refugee entry process, are not being allowed to enter the U.S. and are being wrongfully detained at airports across the country.

This is a miscarriage of justice and goes against everything we stand for as a country shaped and formed by people who emanated from other lands.

As the top ecclesial officer of the nation’s largest Reformed body, I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees. Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.

We are not afraid because, just as we welcome Jesus every advent, we have chosen to welcome our brothers and sisters into this nation from across the globe. Presbyterians chose welcome after World War II when we, as a denomination, demanded that the U.S. allow more refugees to enter then. We chose welcome when our very congregations served as the host sites to refugees in the years before resettlement agencies. And, Presbyterians choose welcome now as we co-sponsor families resettling to the U.S. from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, and other countries.

With every choice of welcome we enter into relationship with people who become neighbors, friends, and family. No administration can convince us to fear.

We oppose this administration’s decision to prolong each and every refugee’s wait for a place to call home under the false pretense of security. We stand ready to welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations.

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PC(USA) News for April 13-19

Explore the stories that have been making news this week in the PC(USA):

Presbyterian Study Grant allows Princeton seminarians to explore call to ministry
PC(USA) financial aid program frees Dexter and Liz Kearny from anxiety of student debt

Ecumenical Advocacy Days policy plenary defines messages for advocates
Expanding voting rights, explaining Trans Pacific Partnership top agenda

More than 200 Presbyterians take part in CPJ Training Day
Conference theme addresses ‘Racism, Class and Power

Congregational Ministries Publishing debuts new online catalog
Congregational Ministries Publishing has gone digital.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance mobilizing to assist the people of Japan and Ecuador
Information is still coming in about the devastating effects of the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is organizing a response to help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days.

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day opens in Washington
Panel discussion takes up racism, class and power

PC(USA) seminary news
A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other seminaries

J. Herbert Nelson testifies before Senate committee
Addresses role of environmental policy on access to energy and economic opportunity

Regarding ruling elders: called as partners in Christ’s service
When I became a ruling elder, I recall the constitutional questions for ordination and installation that really resonated with me were those that speak to being partners in Christ’s service

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery aids PDA program via local service initiative
Essential hygiene kits assembled with help from congregations

Washburn named interim editor of Presbyterians Today
PC(USA) pastor and long-time PT contributor brings passion for communications

PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace conference visits Israel and Palestine
Group asked to accompany region’s Christians in their suffering and hope

Congregational Ministries Publishing taps Malinda Spencer
Experienced church educator called to promote and interpret PC(USA) curriculum

California PC(USA) church opens arms to Syrian congregation
Partnership welcomes ‘brothers and sisters’ in faith into community

From resiliency to water issues, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance discusses challenges
National Response Team annual meeting concludes after full agenda