What is Mission First all about?
It’s likely your faith community has done some visioning in the last few years. The general expression of the Church is doing the same. As the year 2020 nears, it is time to listen for God’s continuing call and to seek together where God is calling Disciples next in our shared mission and ministry.
Addressing the 2014 General Board, General Minister and President Sharon Watkins set out a challenge: “The time has come to lighten our load and tighten our focus – on mission! I am inviting our church, in all its expressions, to join in a conversation on "God’s mission for Disciples today.”
Since General Board, a group of Disciples from many professional and cultural backgrounds has been meeting about just how to find this new focus. The proposal called Mission First! was presented to the General Board in April 2015. It includes a call to mission and a pilot model for helping us identify a common direction in mission.
Mission First! addresses the need to find a new shared focus in mission. 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.
At the heart of this process are Mission Gatherings, where we hope you and your leaders were able to participate in sharing what your congregation is passionate about doing in the mission field.
In the PSWR, these gatherings took place at congregations in the northern part of the region, the San Diego area, the Inland Empire, the Orange County area and Los Angeles as well as at our 2016 Regional Assembly.
For more information about Mission First, visit their website at missionfirst.disciples.org.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
CLICK HERE to read the results from Mission Gatherings that took place across the country.
The image below represent the most commonly heard words within our own Pacific Southwest Region.