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Engaging in God's Mission
Welcome to Mission Crossroads of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)! With this site, the Equipping the Church for Mission Involvement (EMI) office of Presbyterian World Mission seeks to bring Presbyterians together as branches of the same vine, connecting people with resources and tools for engaging with each other and with God's mission in the world.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. — John 15:5
God calls us
Our mission is God's mission to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the whole world. God invites us to collaborate with God in this mission and calls us wherever we are, whoever we are.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, each of us in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is sent into the world to join God's mission. As individuals and as a church, we are called to be faithful in this discipleship. Our mission is centered in the triune God. Our mission is God-called, Christ-centered and Spirit-led. Our mission is both proclamation and service; it is the reason the church exists.
— Gathering for God's Future p. 1.
How do we engage?
When we enter into mission we cross borders — geographical, socioeconomic and cultural. As Presbyterians, we cross these borders by engaging in God's mission through partnership. In partnership, we are made one by the saving love of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The "where" and "how" and "with whom" of mission is God's initiative, sovereign action and redeeming grace. The message we are called to bear is the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We do this by making disciples, demonstrating God's love through worship, fellowship, prayer and service with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and by participating in God's activity in the world through acts of compassion and justice.
— Presbyterians Do Mission in Partnership policy statement
Through the discipline of partnership, we know we must listen first and receive the rich wisdom of our brothers and sisters in these places. Through partnership, we are able to see the unique contexts from which we come as well as those of our brothers and sisters. We can recognize unhealthy dynamics of power and dependence, and enter into healthier relationships of "mutual service" and "mutual renewal," recognizing God's shared grace for us as equals at God's table.
"God's Mission Matters," a monthly podcast of Presbyterian World Mission, helps you learn how to engage more faithfully and effectively in God's mission. "God's Mission Matters" brings you insights from mission workers and scripture based on a guiding "tip of the month" for mission involvement. Learn more about God's Mission matters and listen to past episodes.
Use the Mission Crossroads interactive community to find and share resources about mission engagement and connect with other Presbyterians who are passionate about God's mission in the world! On the interactive site you can:
- Send messages to other members
- Enter the forum to start or reply to a discussion
- Add photos and videos from a mission endeavor, and more
We hope you will join us on Mission Crossroads to get involved and nurture our connections as Presbyterians engaged in God's mission.