Mission First!

Our Mission First! pilot priority

God calls us to work with and for children, youth and young adults so together we may share and receive the good news of Jesus Christ by creating communities of healing, learning and transformation.

Message from the 2016 Mission Council

We, the members of the Mission Council, having joined in prayerful worship of God, spent days in conversation and discernment listening to input from many Mission Gatherings across our Church. We were also inspired by our global church partner, Rev. Dr. Moiseraele Prince Dibeela, of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, and by worship and the study of Holy Scripture.

From Mission Gatherings we heard that God is well at work in many ways. We are overwhelmingly called to be a Church that passionately:

  • Responds with compassion to the vulnerable;
  • Creates communities of inclusion and care;
  • Overcomes ongoing and deeply entrenched injustice resisting racism and other forms of injustice in order to affirm the fullness of life for all God’s children;
  • Works together in common cause with ecumenical and global ministry partners.

We also heard a call to focus our efforts for a time on areas in which the above actions intersect with the lives of children, youth and young adults; thus enhancing our presence in ways that illuminate God’s mission.

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Why 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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