Google Me A Mission!
Part I: Presbyterian Resources – Online and Print
Part II: External Web Resources – Affiliates and Partners
Part III: Online Tools and Collaboration – Free or low-cost web tools for organizing
Part IV: Books and other print resources for planning
RELATIONSHIP & DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS CUSTOMER SERVICE
This is the phone reference desk for PCUSA: Call them to be connected:
Toll Free: (800) 728-7228
Part I: Presbyterian Resources
It features monthly “God’s Mission Matters” podcasts with accompanying study guides, a digital resource library, videos from our mission workers around the world, monthly Webinars and an “Interactive Community” which is a social network for Presbyterians involved in mission.
World Mission Online:
The portal page for how to get involved with Presbyterian world mission, area offices, and other partnership information.
Resources for partnership:
Find information about the following helpful resources on Presbyterian (U.S.A.) mission.
- 2003 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Policy Statement
- God's Mission Matters
- Called As Partners in Christ’s Service
- When God’s People Travel Together
- Partnership resources handout
- Making Mission Trips Matter
- In Praise of Partnerships
- Partnership, Solidarity, and Friendship: Transforming Structures in Mission
- Short-term Missions: Paratrooper Incursion or 'Zaccheus Encounter by Hunter Farrell
Finding mission trips, resources, sharing stories, and seeing what is going on in Presbyterian short-term mission.
News stories, a column from the World Mission Director, a video feature and links to various World Mission ministries can be found here.
A full description of most of our PC(USA) mission co-workers and the places where they serve can be found at Mission Connections.
You can also look up a mission co-worker by country.
About 10% of our mission co-workers are ‘quiet’ on the web for security reasons.
Presbyterian World Mission Video:
Print and Email:
MISSION CROSSROADS MAGAZINE (formerly World Mission Highlights) provides stories about Presbyterians involved in mission. For a free subscription (2-3 issues a year):
You can download recent and back issues, and can sign up to receive the magazine. To subscribe, send your name and complete mailing address to Alyssa Harley or call (800) 728-7228, x5384.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD, a monthly email newsletter, offers timely updates on the international work of Presbyterians and their global partners. For a free subscription:
MISSION YEARBOOK FOR PRAYER AND STUDY, a book of daily prayers, stories and mission information, is published annually.
World Mission Programs
PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH MINISTRIES
International Health And Development
PRESBYTERIAN PEACEMAKING - information, weekly prayers and daily scripture readings, peacemaking resources, pastoral care and educational resources related to ministry with military families and Iraq
ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PROMOTERS
Outstanding opportunities for personal enrichment, professional identity and encouragement and support.
- Listing of international partners
- Background information
- Presbytery Partnerships and Networks
- Programs and Projects/Giving Opportunities
World Mission Networks, Social Justice Networks, Racial/Ethnic Caucuses, and non-geographical networks.
The newly designed PC(USA) store with many items available for purchase
The Thoughtful Christian is an online marketplace including books and downloadable resources that are perfect for Sunday school classes, Bible study groups or individual reflection.
Part II: External Web Resources
ECUMENICAL & INTERFAITH NETWORK
PC(USA) with shared models for dialogue, camping, festivals, etc.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES USA
Sudan Resettlement; Gulf Coast Rebuilding; a book Our Day To End Poverty, etc.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
CROP Walk, tools, blankets and kits (health, school, etc.), a Charity Navigator
WORLD MISSION INITIATIVE
Presbyterian effort based in Pittsburgh, PA, with many mission resources and programs.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Building homes and communities in partnership with families in need of decent housing.
Bringing an End to World Hunger
BREAD FOR THE WORLD
Seeking Justice, Ending Hunger
ADVENTURES IN MISSION
Short term mission trips, no Presbyterian affiliation
SERVING IN MISSION
Mission, programs and projects, no Presbyterian affiliation.
The Synod of the Sun’s Mission Page
Part III: Online Tools and Collaboration
All resources under this segment have no affiliation with PC(USA) or any religious organization. All services are free unless otherwise indicated.
Facebook An indispensible collaboration tool with 500 million members. Create groups, church and mission pages, share calendars and recruit others for your events.
Open Office Completely Free and Fully Compatible Microsoft Office Replacement.
Twitter A widely used micro-communication and advertising tool.
Google products A complete index of Google’s free services, including:
Documents – Free online document collaboration.
Groups – Group and email manager for mass communication.
Sites – Collaborate and easily build websites
Calendar – The best calendar on the web
Doodle Online Meeting Scheduling
Join Online conferencing, screen sharing, collaboration.
Kablink Open collaboration platform which allows wikis, forums, shared files.
Collanos a single space to share, interact and collaborate for teams.
Zoho Full online office suite for collaboration, meetings, and discussion.
Prezi Alternative to Powerpoint, creates animated, rich media presentations.
Slideshare Sharing presentations, documents, and video
Zooos Free Web Presentation Editor
GE’s Free Online Whiteboard
Brinkpad Free online presentations
Skype The best free online telephone, with screen and file sharing
iTunes Excellent podcast manager – subscribe to God’s Mission Matters
Audacity Free podcast production and recording tool.
present.ly Free micro-blogging service for your website.
Survey Monkey Free and easy survey creation and publication
WEBSITES AND BLOGGING
blogger The best free blog creation tool – you can blog by email
Wordpress An incredible and robust platform for building complete websites
tumblr A very easy blogging tool, great for beginners
FOR A FEE
GoToMeeting* Premium conferencing and webinar software.
Basecamp * Low-cost collaboration and document sharing.
OfficeMedium* Web-based collaborative suite.
Virgin mobile Only unlimited cellular internet domestically.
Backpack A fee-based collaboration website.
Part IV: Books and other Print Resources
Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right! Priest, Robert J. (2008) U.S.. Center for Mission William Carey Library
When God's People Travel Together. Vial, D. D. (1999). Louisville: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
When God's People Travel Together, Volume 2: Reflecting and Acting on Mission
Trip Experiences. Battin, B. (2006). Louisville: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
Called As Partners in Christ’s Service: The Practice of God’s Mission. George, Sherron (2004) Louisville, Geneva.
Faith In Action: Understanding Development Ministries from a Christian Perspective. Knisely, Stephen. Louisville, OGA/Worldwide Ministries
The Starfish and the Spider. Brafma, Ori and Rod A. Beckstrom. (2006). New York: Portfolio Books.
Organizing For Social Change. Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, Steve Max (1996) Seven Locks Press; 2nd edition
Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships.Butler, P. (2005). Colorado Springs: Authentic Books.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. (2009). Chicago: Moody Press.
Better Together. George, S. K. (2010). Louisville: Geneva Press.
The Tipping Point. Gladwell, M. (2000). New York: Back Bay Books.
Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising. Sommer, P. (1999). Downer's Grove: IVP Books.
For comments, concerns, and questions – or to submit your resource for this list, please email Andy Rector.
Prepared by Homer Rickabaugh – July 30, 2007, Updated by Ellen Sherby – May, 2009, Updated by Rob Moore – October 2010, Update by Andy Rector – February 2012