The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly has released his greatest hopes for the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to be held in Minneapolis from July 3-10, 2010.
- Prayerful decision-making
- Deeper awareness of the whole PC(USA)
- Issues facing congregations
- Common calling to a changing church
- Attention beyond ourselves
- Enthusiastic sharing of the faith
- Furthering the mission of Christ
The spirit in which decisions are made at the assembly will be a prayerful and careful witness of decision-making for the entire church.
Commissioners and advisory delegates will gain a deeper awareness of the length and breadth of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), realizing they are part of something much larger than themselves.
Commissioners and advisory delegates will discern with the whole church the issues and challenges facing congregations
A clear, common calling will emerge to actively and hopefully engage with the reality of a church in change.
Attention will move beyond ourselves to a world in great need, committing ourselves to gospel work: making disciples, feeding the hungry, welcoming the outcast, encouraging the fainthearted, working for peace – all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who are part of the assembly will be the first in line of Presbyterians to talk about their faith with a contagious enthusiasm.
At the end of the assembly, commissioners and advisory delegates will have a deep sense that what they did will further the mission of Christ in the world.
The Reverend Gradye Parsons is Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).