LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly committee tasked with reviewing the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) has made considerable progress on its assignment, but anticipates more work before being ready to release a final report.
“Given the nature of the task and the timing of other pending PMA board decisions, the committee anticipates it will need an additional meeting to complete the assigned work,” said Eliana Maxim, chair of the review committee and associate executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Seattle. “Also, a PMA board motion naming the review committee passed during the board’s last meeting may expand the scope of the committee’s work.”
The twelve-member GA review committee held its second meeting April 19–22 in Louisville. Business included interviews with more than 64 people, including Louisville and deployed mission agency staff, mid council executives, and congregational leaders.
The committee also received and reviewed an extensive self-study conducted by the mission agency, analyzed survey data produced by the PC(USA)’s research services office, and consulted with PMA leadership about initial observations. All of the information gathered will help inform the committee’s report to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon.
“We fully expect to present a comprehensive and timely report with specific recommendations to the General Assembly by February 19, 2016, the deadline for submitting General Assembly reports,” Maxim said.
Joining Maxim on the committee are Debra Avery; Eric Beene; Tacey Braithwaite; Nancy Muth; Kenneth G. Page; Stephen Proctor; Chris Rhodes; Barbara G. Sarjeant; Elizabeth Swee; James N. Tse; and J. Perry Wootten.
The committee’s work stems from an action by the 213th General Assembly (2001) mandating that the agencies of the denomination be reviewed every six years to evaluate the relationship of the agencies’ individual ministries with the mission of the whole denomination. PMA was last reviewed in 2008.