Whether a church has long-established mission partnerships or is not engaged in any mission activity, the foundation of healthy mission work begins with healthy relationships within the church. As a new or seasoned pastor in your church, consider approaching congregational mission work in the same way you might approach cross-cultural mission.
As people of faith, we have a moral call to pursue environmental justice: the sustainable and equitable sharing of the gifts of God’s creation among all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or class. Yet, inequities abound. To take steps toward healing our relationship with God’s creation and each other, we need to understand the roots of the injustice.
Many congregations realize how important Christian formation is during the first third of life—from childhood through young adulthood.
Sermons and Liturgy is a thematic collection of sermons and liturgical materials celebrating the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP). It helps pastors develop SDOP-themed worship services and provides insight into the Biblical and theological foundations of the SDOP ministry.
Learn how the Committee on the Self-Development of People invests in people with its partners across the globe. Included is basic information needed to apply for a SDOP-funded grant.
The SDOP Sunday resource lifts up stories of community building, self-reliance, and hope – stories of God in action. It also provides hymns, liturgical suggestions, and how to access other free SDOP resources that are available to you and your congregation.
A new story for the 2018 One Great Hour of Sharing – learn why it is important to help others with our gifts. About the Author: Dr. Kathy L. Dawson, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education Each of the Gracie the Fish stories for One Great Hour of Sharing have been written by Dr. Dawson. She was chosen 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. Download Gracie’s past adventures:
Discern Your Call brochure provides a roadmap of essential components to begin and sustain new worshiping communities.