DALLAS (PNS) — Following an opening devotional led by team member Rebecca Snedeker-Meier, the 2020 Vision Team of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) started its meeting today to begin forming a draft recommendation to the 223rd General Assembly of the denomination meeting in St. Louis this summer.
The group’s task, as defined by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the PC(USA), is to “develop a guiding statement for the denomination and make a plan for its implementation with all deliberate speed. The process of developing such a guiding statement will help us to name and claim our denominational identity as we seek to follow the Spirit into the future.”
Early in the day, the team held a video conference call with the All Agency Review committee, meeting concurrently in Louisville, and Mark Hostetter, moderator of the Way Forward Commission.
“We’ve been talking around this table about who does this visioning work on an ongoing basis,” said Deborah Block, moderator of the All Agency Review committee. “How it fuses and informs the work of the General Assembly rather than merely using the mission directives to evaluate the effectiveness of our agencies in review.”
Continued coordination and anticipated needs for commissioner education coming into General Assembly 223 (2018) were also discussed, given the volume of reports and recommendations coming from the three Assembly-directed committees.
Guiding Statement Work