Dallas II: Better Together Background material for the consultation
For the past two years Presbyterian World Mission (PWM) has been undergoing a process of strategic planning in light of the changing circumstances in the world and of new developments within our own denomination. In the course of its research and deliberations, PWM has decided to narrow its mission focus to three critical global issues, which can be summarized as addressing poverty, engaging in witness, and promoting peace. It has also concluded that for maximum effectiveness its work should be done in collaboration with the broader Presbyterian family that at many levels is engaging in mission work independent of the denomination’s mission organization. This collaboration, it believes, should take place in “communities of mission practice,” a term adopted to connote the major paradigm shift in how mission may best be done in the coming years. The specific forms and areas of collaboration, however, will need to be worked out with the many mission participants in the PC(USA) who are committed to doing mission as a connectional church.