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The theological reasoning and the celebration of efforts in our presbytery's Mission Priorities.

The theological reasoning and the celebration of efforts in our presbytery's Mission Priorities.

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  • Christian mission can be framed in terms of six saving events of the New Testament: (David J. Bosch in his book, Transforming Mission--Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, Orbis Press, 1991, Sixteenth Printing, August 2001) The faces of Christ’s mission can be seen in each Incarnation Crucifixion Resurrection Ascension Outpouring of the Holy Spirit God’s Reign Here we highlight three: Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension.
  • Crucifixion/Cross Crucifixion Theme--Death of Jesus Apostles’ Creed: “…suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell.” Points to Jesus’ faithful self-emptying for the sake of reconciliation, forgiveness, love of enemies--all faces of 21st Century Christian mission. Cross Symbol of death and destruction Sign of the brokenness of humanity Jesus faced it with an open heart
  • Crucifixion/Cross Jesus to the Disciples after washing their feet: “ For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15 Paul to the Corinthians: “Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” II Cor. 12:10 Look for the faces of the Crucifixion theme in Mission Witness 2012
  • Easter Theme: Christ is Risen Creed: “On the third day he rose again” God’s gift A symbol of God’s power to contradict the forces of death and destruction and to counteract the violence of the cross. Jesus to the disciples: “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25 New humanity in Christ--freedom for partnership in mission with God and neighbors. A sign of peace and renewal resulting from sacrifice.
  • Resurrection-- “Central theme of our missionary message is that Christ is risen, and that, secondly and consequently, the church is called to live the resurrection life in the here and now and to be a sign of contradiction against the forces of death and destruction--that it is called to unmask modern idols and false absolutes.” David J. Bosch Look for faces of the Resurrection theme in Mission Witness 2012.
  • The reign of Christ. Christ rules! Creed: “He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the father almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” “ And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 Hopeful perspective on what may be achieved in human history. “ It should be natural to be committed to justice and peace in the social realm.” David J. Bosch “ Religion is our greatest source of dissent and difference…Religion inspires people to step forward before the whole society and say, ‘Here I stand.’ ” Stephen L. Carter Look for faces of the Ascension theme in Mission Witness 2012.
  • I’d like to raise and respond to three key questions about mission in the Chicago Presbytery. First: What are Chicago Presbytery’s mission priorities? Second: Whose Mission is it? And Third: Where is mission located?
  • What are Chicago Presbytery’s mission priorities? Empower Ministry: Liturgy, Education, Leadership Development, Service Develop Congregations: Evangelism, Transformation, Church Planting Advance Justice: Healing, Reconciliation, Peace, Liberation
  • So, Whose mission is it? It is Christ’s Mission. It Includes many faithful partners. Christ’s mission cannot be reduced simply to one perspective.
  • And, Where are the faces of mission experienced? Inter-Personally Local Communities Regionally Globally The faces of Christ’s mission may be experienced anywhere
  • Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Priority Leadership Teams (MPLT’s) Activate mission covenants with churches and organizations. Focus on Chicago Presbytery’s three mission priorities. Many Chicago area congregations and other organizations are Chicago Presbytery mission partners. What follows is information about many of these mission partnerships
  • The AACTC has brought together eight churches in partnership to address this mandate. Another goal is to develop a strong Presbyterian witness in the center of Chicago's neighborhoods undergoing gentrification and displacement of residents.
  • I would like to extend an invitation to Mission to all of you. Use the Mission Covenant Invitation Form to define and submit your Covenant proposal. This form is available on the Chicago Presbytery Website. Covenant Partnerships include one or more congregations. Raise your hand if your congregation is currently a covenant partner. Some Covenants also include non-profit agencies of justice or compassion. Many partnerships in Mission Witness 2012 would welcome other churches to join them. If interested, please inquire about your church becoming a mission partner! If your church’s mission could be strengthened by a new covenant partnership with other churches/organizations and with Chicago Presbytery, secure the form from our website, define your covenant, and send it to us. We Presbyterians are fond of saying, “Together We Can Do More!”
  • Shared Mission Giving from congregations makes possible Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Witness 2012 Covenants. Use the Pledge Card to provide your 2012 Shared Mission Pledge. The Pledge Card is also available on the Presbytery website at chicagopresbytery.org.
  • Shared Mission Giving from congregations makes possible Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Witness 2012 Covenants. Shared Mission Giving is another way we say “Together We Can Do More!” More: To help our young people grow in faith and understanding. More: To strengthen congregations. More: To feed the hungry.

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  • 1. TOGETHER WECAN DO MORE
  • 2. Faces of the Presbytery in Mission • You’ll see our partners in mission as you scroll through this display of our Mission Covenants.
  • 3. Christian Mission: Six Saving Events of the New Testament• The faces of Christ’s Mission can be seen in each:• Incarnation• Cross• Resurrection• Ascension• Outpouring of the Holy Spirit• God’s Reign• Here we highlight three: Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension. Source: David Bosch, Transforming Mission--Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, Orbis Press, 1991, Sixteenth Printing, August 2001
  • 4. Crucifixion/Cross• Crucifixion Theme--Death of Jesus• Apostles’ Creed: “…suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell.”• Points to Jesus’ faithful self-emptying for the sake of reconciliation, forgiveness, love of enemies--all faces of 21st Century Christian mission.• Cross – Symbol of death and destruction – Sign of the brokenness of humanity – Jesus faced it with an open heart
  • 5. Crucifixion/Cross• Jesus to the Disciples after washing their feet: “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15• Paul to the Corinthians: “Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” II Cor. 12:10• Look for the faces of the Crucifixion theme in Mission Witness 2012
  • 6. Resurrection• Easter Theme: Christ is Risen• Creed: “On the third day he rose again”• God’s gift – A symbol of God’s power to contradict the forces of death and destruction and to counteract the violence of the cross. – Jesus to the disciples: “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25 – New humanity in Christ--freedom for partnership in mission with God and neighbors.• A sign of peace and renewal resulting from sacrifice.
  • 7. Resurrection• Resurrection-- “Central theme of our missionary message is that Christ is risen, and that, secondly and consequently, the church is called to live the resurrection life in the here and now and to be a sign of contradiction against the forces of death and destruction--that it is called to unmask modern idols and false absolutes.” – David J. Bosch• Look for faces of the Resurrection theme in Mission Witness 2012.
  • 8. Ascension• The reign of Christ. Christ rules!• Creed: “He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the father almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”• “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32• Hopeful perspective on what may be achieved in human history.• “It should be natural to be committed to justice and peace in the social realm.” David J. Bosch• “Religion is our greatest source of dissent and difference…Religion inspires people to step forward before the whole society and say, ‘Here I stand.’ ” Stephen L. Carter• Look for faces of the Ascension theme in Mission Witness 2012.
  • 9. Three Key Questions About Mission in the Chicago Presbytery• What are Chicago Presbytery’s mission priorities?• Whose Mission is it?• Where is mission located?
  • 10. Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Priorities• Empower Ministry: Liturgy, Education, Leadership Development, Service• Develop Congregations: Evangelism, Transformation, Church Planting• Advance Justice: Healing, Reconciliation, Peace, Liberation
  • 11. Whose mission is it?• It is Christ’s Mission• Includes many faithful partners• Christ’s mission cannot be reduced simply to one perspective
  • 12. Where are the faces of mission experienced?• Inter-Personally• Local Communities• Regionally• Globally• The faces of Christ’s mission may be experienced anywhere
  • 13. Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Priority Leadership Teams (MPLT’s)• Activate mission covenants with churches and organizations.• Focus on Chicago Presbytery’s three mission priorities.• Many Chicago area congregations and other organizations are Chicago Presbytery mission partners. What follows is information about many of these mission partnerships.
  • 14. Mission Programs of the Chicago Presbytery• Empower Ministry Mission Priority Leadership Team• Develop Congregations Mission Priority Leadership Team• Advance Justice Mission Priority Leadership Team• Other Presbytery Missions
  • 15. Empower Ministry Mission Priority Leadership Team Rev. Grayson Van Camp » Moderator
  • 16. Empower Ministry Our Focus: Our members are our foundation and our youth are our future. We empower ministry through Bible study and other church-based education programs, identifying and developing spiritual leaders within congregations and providing opportunities for children and youth to continually grow in the Christian Spirit.
  • 17. Empower MinistryCovenant Partnership: Youth Ministries TeamFocus: Equip and strengthen Presbyterian youth for leadership in Christian Ministry.Activity: Youth from Chicago Presbytery attended the 2010Youth Triennium, bringing together 5000 youth for worship, studyand fun.Covenant Partners: Presbyterian Church of Homewood and thePresbyterian Church of Western Springs.
  • 18. Empower MinistryCovenant Partnership: Hispanic MinistriesFocus: Five Hispanic Ministries working together to strengthen their congregational ministries through leadership training, sharing of ideas, resource development, and fellowship. Some of the workshop themes have been how to grow a church, evangelism, and immigration issues.Activity: 500th Anniversary Celebration of John Calvin’s birth. Workshop explored Calvin’s theological and social legacy..Participating Churches: Ravenswood, Canto de Esperanza, Emmanuel,Vida Nueva, and Hanover Park Mission.
  • 19. Empower Ministry African-AmericanCovenant Partnership:Congregational Transformation CovenantFocus: multi-year program, begun in response to the 206thGeneral Assembly mandate to increase the denominations racialethnic membership.Activities: Liturgical dance ministry, racial ethnic leadershipcamp, after school computer projects, Bible literacy fellowship,leadership development.
  • 20. Empower Ministry African-AmericanCovenant Partnership:Congregational Transformation Covenant QuickTim e™ and a decom pres sor are needed to see this picture. Partners: Eight Churches: Cornerstone, Chatham- Bethlehem, Crerar Memorial, Hope Chicago, Pine Avenue,Pullman, Sixth Grace, Seventh; Presbytery of Chicago; National Black Presbyterian Caucus, Chicago Chapter; Synod of Lincoln Trails; General Assembly Mission Council.
  • 21. Empower MinistryCovenant Partnership: Leadership, Education, and DevelopmentMission Team (LEAD)Focus:Plans and implements an annual, Presbytery-wide educational event for thewhole church that feeds attendants spiritually and intellectually and equips them forservice. Worship inspires and workshops provide resources for clergy, elders,deacons, clerks, Christian educators, musicians, youth workers, committee chairsand seminary students. A bookstore and international marketplace are also offered.
  • 22. Empower MinistryCovenant Partnership: Leadership, Education, and DevelopmentMission Team (LEAD)Covenant Partners:LaGrange First; Glen Ellyn Southminster;McCormick Theological Seminary; Worship, Music, and theArts Group.Activity: LEAD Worship
  • 23. Empower Ministry Covenant Partnership: Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) Focus: DOOR invites people to see the Face of God in the city. DOORs programs include short-term (Discern), semester-long (Discover) and year-long (Dwell) opportunities for service-minded education. Activity: DOOR participants preparing and serving a meal. Partners: Western Springs Presbyterian, Presbytery of Chicago, and the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • 24. Empower MinistryCovenant Partnership: Worship AliveFocus: Worship Alive is a project that organizes four annual workshops that provide interactive training and educational opportunities in the worship arts. Renowned worship practitioners from around the world are brought in to teach theologies, models, techniques and resources for renewing worship in congregations. Workshops are multisensory, participatory and inspiring, celebrating multicultural diversity. Worship Alive in an ecumenical venture.Partners: United Church of Rogers Park; Presbyterian Church of Western Springs; Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist.
  • 25. Develop Congregations Mission Priority Leadership Team Rev. Deb Kapp Moderator
  • 26. Develop Congregations Our Focus: To respond to Jesus’ call to “follow me” and become “fishers of humanity” by drawing believers, disciples and seekers into congregations that are centers of celebration, healing and witness.
  • 27. Develop CongregationsCovenant Partnership: Grace Commons MinistryFocus: Grace Commons is a transformative ministry, using art toengage people in questions of meaning and to re-experienceChristian ideas, when Christianity hasnt been meaningful to them inthe past.Activity: Creation of an Icon of Mary and Jesus, created during Advent.
  • 28. Develop Congregations Covenant Partnership: Acts 16:5 Initiative Focus: An educational program which invites congregations to engage in a deliberate process of transformation, assisting them to design specific transformational ministries to help them REACH, GROW and SERVE. Activity: More than 20 churches have participated in this process.
  • 29. Develop CongregationsCovenant Partnership: New Church Development VisioningFocus: A small group of presbytery leaders is developing future strategies for forming new congregations.
  • 30. Develop Congregations Covenant Partnership: South Asian Fellowship Focus: The South Asian Fellowship is a New Church Development of Chicago Presbytery. It is a congregation of predominately Pakistani Christian Immigrants. The congregation is passionate to promote multiculturalism, and plans an annual International Christmas Caroling and invites racial ethnic and other congregations to participate. Activity: Carolers from the International Christmas Caroling in 2011 .
  • 31. Develop CongregationsCovenant Partnership: Small ChurchFocus: The Develop Congregations Mission Priority Leadership Team (MPLT)has gathered pastors of small congregations to share ways they can support and enrich their ministries. They are working on identifying strengths and challenges and considering ways the Presbytery can help congregations.
  • 32. Develop CongregationsCovenant Partnership:Pro-Active Transformation ProjectFocus: To identify and then provide visioning, strategies and resources for congregations who are interested in engaging or reengaging their surrounding neighborhood or community in new ways, via a grant jointly funded by Shared Mission Giving of General Assembly, Synod of Lincoln Trails and our local presbytery.Partners: Develop Congregatins MPLT, Empower Ministry MPLT, Presbytery of Chicago, Commission on Ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary, Synod of Lincoln Trails, Office of the General Assembly, PC (USA)Activity: Interpretive Painting by Shawna Bowman of the Pro-Active Transformation Project.
  • 33. Advance Justice Mission Priority Leadership Team Rev. Dean Lindsey Moderator
  • 34. Advance Justice Our Focus: We advance justice by helping people in need. The Presbytery of Chicago provides human and financial resources that enable congregations to work outside their physical walls to serve those who are poor, oppressed and disenfranchised.
  • 35. Advance Justice Covenant Partnership: Family Promise Focus: Helping Homeless families with children regain a secure home environment, by providing temporary shelter for the family and keeping the family together, while providing assistance in finding employment. Activity: Guest use computers to look for jobs.
  • 36. Advance JusticeCovenant Partnership: Mission Team Against Child Sex TraffickingFocus: This Mission Team was formed to Educate, Advocate, Collaborate and Motivate the Presbytery congregations concerning the tragic circumstances associated with commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Chicagoland area.Activity:The team is committed to stop this exploitation before it occurs by introducing educational prevention, intervention and service delivery methods.
  • 37. Advance JusticeCovenant Partnership: Waukegan to CollegeFocus: To enable more immigrants and low income families in Waukegan to navigate the college-going process. The program includes one-on-one counseling, bi-lingual workshops, tutoring sessions, and mentoring.Activity: Counseling, mentoring workshops.
  • 38. Advance Justice Covenant Partnership: Cuba Partnership Focus: Developing and maintaining partnerships with congregations in the Presbytery of Havana. Activity: Glen Ellyn Southminster and their sister church in Guanabacoa celebrated simultaneous anniversaries in 2011.
  • 39. Advance JusticeCovenant Partnership: Church World ServiceFocus: Church World Service works with national partners to eradicate hunger and poverty, and to promote peace and justice around the world.Activity: Hygiene Kits. 54 churches participated in the Hygiene Kits harvest in 2011. 2400 kits were developed and delivered to those in desperate need.
  • 40. Advance Justice Covenant Partnership: Dakota Partnership Focus: An organization designed and developed to promote and develop Christian values within the Native American community. Efforts include conducting Vacation Bible School, assisting Native Americans to upgrade church facilities, and providing financial support to supplement pastors salaries. Partners:Naperville Knox, Glen Ellyn First, Arlington Heights First, Chicago Pullman, Presbytery of Chicago. Activity: Partners work on a building project.
  • 41. Advance JusticeCovenant Partnership: Lincoln Park Community ShelterFocus: The Lincoln Park Community Shelter provides comprehensiveprograms and services that offer individuals the opportunity to break thecycle of poverty and homelessness. The shelter works to empower peoplethrough the On Track program, addressing sobriety, mental stability,healthy lifestyles, employment and permanent housing.Partners: Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Park CommunityShelter, Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fourth Presbyterian Church,Presbytery of Chicago.Activity: A Computer lab provides shelter guests withAccess to job applications, and developing computer skills.
  • 42. Other Presbyterian Mission Program: Presbyterian Camps Focus: Presbyterian Camps at Saugatuck is a “Holy Place”, a Christian Camp in a rustic setting, for renewal of the spirit, and community building.
  • 43. Other Presbyterian Mission Program: United Campus Ministry at Northwestern Focus: Provides a spiritual home for thousands at Northwestern
  • 44. Other Presbyterian Mission Program: Agape House at UIC Focus: A community of faculty, staff, and students at UIC that gather together to learn and share in their faith journey.
  • 45. Other Presbyterian Mission Program: Presbyterian Resource Center Focus: Provides books, DVD’s for worship planning to churches, saving churches the cost of purchasing.
  • 46. Invitation: To Covenant with the Chicago Presbytery in MissionUse the Mission Covenant Application Form, available on thePresbytery Website, under the “Ministry and Missions” Tab.
  • 47. Invitation: To Covenant with the Chicago Presbytery in Mission• Covenant Partnerships include one or more congregations.• Some Covenants also include non-profit agencies of justice or compassion.• “Together We Can Do More!”
  • 48. Invitation: Support the Faces of Chicago Presbytery Mission• Shared Mission Giving from congregations makes possible Chicago Presbytery’s Mission Witness 2012 Covenants.• Use the Pledge Card to provide your 2012 Shared Mission Pledge.• Thank you to congregations who have made their 2012 Shared Mission Pledge.• Those who have not done so are invited to pledge soon.
  • 49. Shared Mission Giving:Together We Can Do More! More: To help our young people grow in faith and understanding. More: To strengthen congregations. More: To feed the hungry.
  • 50. Through Covenant Partnerships and Shared Mission Giving,We Presbyterians support and become the faces of mission. • We embrace and enact a spirit of: “Together, We Can Do More!”