Breakout: Four Global Disruptive Forces and Mission Today Led by Dr. Anita Coleman

The population of the world is 7.4 billion, of whom 896 million people are destitute, the poorest of the poor. The destitute live in the fragile contexts and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and India with little or no access to clean water, sanitation, schools, jobs, and the Internet. India alone houses 348 million destitute,…

Breakout: Listening to Sojourner Truth: Claiming our Creative Identity by the Rev. Lynn Gifford

In 1851 Sojourner Truth challenged just about every group she could with her bold refrain, “Ain’t I a woman?” She reminded the privileged women that she, a former slave, was a woman too.  She looked at the religious and “natural” arguments against women’s rights and had a sound and sassy rebuttal. By listening to Truth…

About the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program

At the Families in Mission: Summit 2015, YAV alum Blake Collins joined  Rachel Yates for a breakout program on the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, which is celebrating its 20th year.  Blake’s brief bio is given below and here’s a link to view the YAV slide presentation. Blake Collins is a member of First Presbyterian…

Preparing for Short Term Mission Trips: A Resource Guide

“Our goal is for people and congregations to feel resourced to ‘be on mission’ for Christ.” Tom Cramer, Associate Executive Presbyter Associate Presbytery Pastor. “Every short-term mission trip may be viewed in three movements: preparation, the trip, and integration of the mission experience once participants have returned home.  A balance of thirds.  However, oftentimes a…

Tools for Healthy Mission Practice

TOOLS FOR HEALTHY MISSION PRACTICE              [Sessions 1 and 2] Presbyterians have been doing mission with excellence for over 176 years.  Learn tips for deepening your congregation’s mission involvement, faithfully and effectively, in this interactive session.  Using your own mission program as a guide, you will explore how to take mission to the next level,…