The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board presented a church-wide initiative called “Living Missionally,” based on Darrell Guder’s work. The three themes important to the proposal are: the church’s shift, the purpose of the church and the role of denominational structures. Guder argues that to be missional the church must “move from church with mission to missional church.”
The recommendations include acknowledging the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s historic commitment to joining Christ’s mission in local and global communities; encouraging congregations, mid councils, and the PMA to join intentionally in God’s mission by addressing social justice issues; launching a church wide initiative that will inspire, equip, and connect Presbyterians to continue to go beyond the walls of their congregations; and directing the PMA to develop tangible metrics to determine success, identify strategies for deeper engagement and report back to the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
Mihee Kim-Kort is a teaching elder but mostly stay-at-home mom to twins, Desmond and Anna, and a third named Oswald (I should mention the fourth named Ellis, our boxer dog). The children graciously allow her to also work part-time in a ministry with college students as well as serve on various boards and committees. She and husband Andy, who is also a teaching elder, live in Bloomington, Indiana.