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God's Mission Matters

Be different

Bringing the mission experience into everyday life

By Dennis Smith
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Can you dare to be different in mission?

Here’s what we hear all around us: Mission is what we do for God. We, as God’s messengers, can go in to a needy community, figure out what’s wrong, then use our money and our labor to set things right. Folks in the needy community will be forever grateful. Quick, neat, high-impact - that’s how we like to do things!

But what we are learning is very different. The lessons aren’t new; the best mission practices have always challenged the values and priorities of time and place. More than 170 years of experience have taught the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that mission is God working through all of human history to bring the Good News of Jesus to all of humankind. 

God works through Presbyterians, through our mission partners, and through many groups and individuals whose names we’ll never know. Mission promotes evangelism and justice, education and human wholeness. Through mission activities God reaches out especially to those on the margins of society. 

Mission work is slow and messy and delightfully complex, because that is what our lives are like as God’s children. Mission is building relationships of interdependence. Mission changes us, because mission relationships transform us. Mission allows God to work through our partners to be agents in our conversion to the fullness of the Gospel.
Can you dare to be different in mission?.

Whether in good times or in bad, God calls us to seek him in prayer.

Listen to this month’s episode of “God’s Mission Matters” and hear stories by Doug Baker, Mission Co-worker in Northern Ireland since 1979, and by Doug Orbaker, Mission Co-worker in Nicaragua since 2004.

Be different episode toolkit

Use these resources to equip your congregation, network, youth group and other groups in your church for mission involvement. You may use any of these for activities in the context of Bible studies, Sunday Bible class, Sunday worship service and committee or session meetings.

What is Mission Crossroads?

Mission Crossroads is a web-based wisdom community which facilitates networking among mission participants, aids communication among members of mission-related groups, and provides a forum in which those engaged in mission may share ideas and experiences, both good and bad, so that future mission endeavors can be more effective.


What is Mission Crossroads Magazine?

Mission Crossroads magazine is a free, three-times-a-year periodical focused on the 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.