Those who support mission co-workers through the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) are now encouraged to use one fund, General Sending and Support E132192, rather than a host of individual accounts to support the work.
The change in the funding system provides a tangible way to express that the whole church both sends and supports its mission co-workers in 80 countries across the globe.
“When mission co-workers are commissioned at our biennial General Assembly,” said the Rev. Rosemary C. Mitchell, senior director for Mission Engagement and Support, “every Presbyterian joins in affirming that they represent the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) wherever they are called to serve.”
The new funding system will unify Presbyterians in that pledge and simplify the act of giving support to the PC(USA) mission co-workers, Mitchell said in a January 12, 2022 article by Emily Enders Odom for the Presbyterian News Service about the funding change.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is keenly aware that many Presbyterians already have a special, close relationship with a specific mission co-worker. To honor the spirit of the previous practice in which donors could designate gifts to a fund for a particular mission co-worker, donors are encouraged to make their gifts to the one fund “in honor of” the specific mission co-worker(s). The honored individual(s) will be notified of, and able to acknowledge, the gift.
Questions about the change and its implementation may be directed to Rev. Chris Roseland, lead PMA mission engagement advisor who works with congregations in the Synod of the Covenant. He may be reached at email@example.com or (502) 439-4930.