Intended for short-term mission and study tour leaders, this toolkit offers resources for discerning whether to go, where to go and how to prepare for and guide a group. You will find insightful resources and practical tools to plan, prepare for, lead and participate in short-term, cross-cultural trips with humility and an openness to learn and grow. This document explains how to use this toolkit. To learn more, visit pcusa.org/toolkits/short-term-mission.
Use this list to determine what items you should bring with you on a short-term mission trip. For more information about short-term mission, visit pcusa.org/toolkits/short-term-mission.
Mission co-workers Ellen and Al Smith reflect on the importance of having travel medical insurance when traveling outside the U.S. Medical care in many foreign places is not always up to the standards we are accustomed to in the U.S. Even in industrialized countries, medical care in rural areas may not match what is available in the capital. Additionally, U.S. medical coverage may not pay for services rendered in other countries. For more information about short-term mission, visit pcusa.org/toolkits/short-term-mission.
Not all short-term, church-related trips outside of one’s familiar, close-to-home comfort zone are considered (or called) mission trips. Some trips are considered study tours to learn about an issue, a people or a place. Some are called partnership trips because they are short-term trips carried out within the framework of an ongoing, long-term “partnership” between two church-related communities, often with a purpose of mutual learning and fellowship. Whatever kind of trip you are going on, and whatever it is called, this workbook is intended for use by the participants of any short-term travel into a context and culture different from …
This resource gives a brief introduction to the work of PC(USA) Special Offerings. Learn more about One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, Christmas Joy Offering, and the Presbyterian Giving Catalog as it relates to the mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Copies of this 5 x 8" brochure can be ordered online for use in your congregation or mission committee here.
Standing Our Holy Ground is a year-long (2019-2020) free webinar series that challenges the faith community to stand up against gun violence, and explores how people of faith can respond and act to bring about change. Ten Things You Can Do to End Gun Violence are suggestions approved by the 2019 General Assembly (2010) report Gun Violence, Gospel Values.
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There is an exciting movement happening across the world. God’s Spirit is stirring God’s people to do new things. In places that seem desolate and forgotten, God is doing a new thing. From Hawaii to Maine, God is stirring the church to reach new people, change lives, and transform communities. Our Reformed heritage demands that we pay attention to this movement.
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In his article, Reverend Dr. Whit Bodman, associate professor of comparative religion at Austin Seminary, details his knowledge of Islam and why he chooses to teach about the religion. A slightly edited version of this essay first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Windows, the Magazine of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Part of the Christian-Muslim Relations mission toolkit.