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What is Mission First?

Mission First! addresses the need to find a new shared focus in what God is doing in the world through Disciples of Christ. We are not setting aside pro-reconciliation/anti-racism, new and transforming churches or leadership development.

Mission First! seeks to help Disciples identify the next mission priorities God has for us as we move toward the year 2020 and beyond.

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Disciples gather and give input

Disciples will give their input on what’s important in their communities through Mission Gatherings. At the heart of Mission First! are Mission Gatherings in 2016 where all Disciples will be invited to share their congregation’s particular passion within God’s larger mission. In settings such as (but not limited to) regional and racial/ethnic assemblies, participants will be inspired by the stories of others. Input from these gatherings will begin the process of identifying a shared focus in mission for our whole Church.

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Identifying common themes

After the Mission Gatherings, a Mission Council, representing the diversity of the church, will receive the input, stories and suggestions from the Mission Gatherings. The Council will prayerfully seek to identify common areas of mission which are God’s call to Disciples for the next period. The Mission Council will meet in December of 2016. The General Board will not meet in 2016.

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Implementing the mission directions

Disciples ministries in all expressions – general, regional, local – will create strategies collaboratively for partnering in shared areas of mission. The Mission First! framework calls Disciples to be accountable to each other in covenant. (According to the Mission First! framework, voluntary accountability for mission implementation will take place through the Administrative Committee functioning as a prototype for a Governance Board.)

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Making an impact

With appropriate resources and support, Disciples can make an impact within their communities. As mission directions evolve or change with the needs of the time, the process can begin again and refocus Disciples’ mission.