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General Assembly Mission Council renews support for Deep and Wide initiative

Recommends extended commitment to Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide

February 26, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

The General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) has approved the recommendation that the 219th General Assembly (2010) renew its commitment to Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide.

The recommendation, which came at GAMC meetings on Feb. 24-25, calls for the Assembly to extend a churchwide commitment to participate in God’s activity through Jesus Christ in transforming the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the 2011-2012 biennium. The recommendation would also encourage synods, presbyteries, sessions, and all agencies, entities and networks of the church to commit to foster growth in evangelism, discipleship, servanthood and diversity.

“What’s new in this recommendation is that each session will be requested to commit time on its agenda during 2011-2012 to cast a vision for each of the four Growing Christ’s Church Deep and Wide emphases,” said Eric Hoey, Director of Evangelism & Church Growth for the General Assembly Mission Council.

The recommendation also calls for the Assembly to encourage the GAMC to support the whole church’s commitment to nurture the growth of Christ’s church deep and wide in all of its ministries and missions.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) comprises more than 2 million members in more than 10,000 congregations, answering Christ’s call to mission and ministry throughout the United States and the world.

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